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What is Foot Reflexology?

Foot ReflexologyDon’t be fooled into thinking that Foot Reflexology is just a fancy name for a regular, run-of-the-mill foot massage. It’s similar to, yet very different from, a typical massage. Although reflexology will most definitely soothe your aching feet, it will also help to relieve stress and promote healing to all of your internal body systems. Foot reflexology is one of the oldest natural healing treatments known to man, dating back many thousands of year. Using the premise of ancient Eastern philosophy, reflexology re-balances chi – your life force, or energy, that flows through your body. This non-invasive ancient healing art is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. In other words, every part of the foot corresponds to a different area of the body. Through the application of pressure on these various reflex points located on the feet and toes, without the use of any special tools or lotions, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the corresponding areas of the body. So, to put it simply, receiving a Foot Reflexology Massage is the equivalent of getting a full body massage – and you get to keep your clothes on. Reflexology can work alone or in conjunction with conventional Western medical practices to improve overall well-being and vitality. Now, Ettia Tal, a world-renowned expert in the holistic healing arts, offers Foot Reflexology treatments in New York City.

Your Feet are a Mirror of Your Whole Body

The rewards of Foot Reflexology therapy can be received by anyone at any age and at any stage of life – from newborn babies on up. It holistically harmonizes all body systems and enhances the functioning of mind, body and soul. This specialized form of body work is based on the theory that our whole body is reflected on our feet.

Modern ReflexologyModern Reflexology can be traced back to the early 1900’s with nose and throat specialist, William Fitzgerald, MD’s introduction of Zone Therapy. Based on the original ancient Eastern philosophy, he developed a systematic chart that divided the body into ten longitudinal ‘zones’, ending in the fingers and toes. He then created ‘maps’ of the reflexology points in the feet (and hands), linking each zone of the body to a pressure point on the feet. He discovered that pressure on one part of a zone could affect other parts of the body within that zone. Later, other doctors furthered Fitzgerald’s research and added horizontal zones across the feet (and hands) which determined individual reflexes. Finally, Eunice Ingham, a physical therapist, refined Zone Therapy. She made an anatomical model in which all of the organs of the body were mapped out on the feet, resulting in a more precise identification of the reflex points, providing the framework for what is now modern Foot Reflexology. Genuine Foot Reflexology, as opposed to a typical foot massage, is the application of pressure on various zones on the soles of the feet and toes. With that pressure, a reflex action in another part of the body, the part that corresponds to the foot zone map, is stimulated, providing treatment and relief to that area of the body.

There are Countless Health Benefits to Foot Reflexology

Reflexologists use the foot zone map as a guide to promote healing, general wellness and relaxation for the body. Each foot represents a vertical half of the body. The left foot corresponds to the left side of the body and all organs, valves, etc. found on that side. The right foot corresponds to the right side of the body and all organs found there. A big difference between massage and reflexology is that in massage, the therapist works ‘from the outside in’, manipulating muscle groups to release tension. Reflexology practitioners work ‘from the inside out’, stimulating the nervous system to release tension. The Reflexologist applies pressure to the correct point on the foot to relieve stress or tension in a particular area of the body. When pressure is applied to the point on the foot, it sends a message to the brain to release endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain relievers. The intent at Innovative Healing Touch is to manipulate and treat the entire soles of the feet, through Foot Reflexology Therapy, so that all the parts of the body can also be stimulated or treated from within to improve your body’s ability to heal itself and to promote overall health and wellness.

  • Reduce Stress: When you’re stressed, your body’s defenses break down making you more susceptible to illness. Reflexology reduces stress by generating deep tranquil relaxation, helping the body balance itself and allowing healing energy to flow. No matter where you hold or store your stress, it can be relieved through massaging the appropriate points on your feet.
  • Increase Circulation, Flush Toxins & Brighten Your Skin: Blood needs to flow freely throughout the body to carry oxygen and nutrients to the cells and remove waste and other toxins. By reducing stress and tension, Reflexology allows the cardiovascular vessels to conduct the flow of blood naturally and easily. There’s even a spot on your foot devoted specifically to your largest organ; your skin, so massaging this spot increases blood flow to the skin to give you a healthy glow.
  • Relieve Pain: By stimulating reflex points in the feet, Reflexology opens and clears nerve pathways to reduce pain.
  • Toughen Your Immune System: Reflexology stimulates the lymphatic system, cleansing the body of impurities and reducing the risk of infection.
  • Increase Energy and Vitality: The flow of energy is revitalized throughout the body when Reflexology opens up energy pathways.

A Reflexology Treatment at IHT can help with so many health concerns. These are just a few of the benefits offered by reflexology:

  • More restful sleep
  • Peace of mind and less anxiety
  • Smoother digestion
  • Headache and sinus pain relief
  • Relief from any chronic pain
  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney function
  • PMS
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Blood pressure
  • Thyroid issues
  • Muscle tension
  • Respiratory issues
  • Less reliance on prescriptions and other medications

Make an appointment for a Foot Reflexology Treatment at IHT and become empowered with a wealth of deep relaxation, positive energy and good health. When the flow of energy is restored to its optimum circulation throughout the body, you can’t help but feel energized and rejuvenated. Through Foot Reflexology, homeostasis is achieved – the optimal balance of all your body’s systems.

Ettia’s Got the Healing Touch

Internationally renowned Ettia Tal of Innovative Healing Touch concentrates on new and alternative approaches to health and wellness. Through Foot Reflexology and various other holistic healing arts modalities, Ettia’s body work is tailored to relieve stress, revitalize energy levels and alleviate any physical or emotional pain. She helps to guide, heal, and transform her clients as a gifted healing arts practitioner of Foot Reflexology.

Book an Appointment with Ettia Today!

Ettia developed her exclusive facial and bodywork techniques more than 20 years ago and her constant exploration of new treatments has kept her one step ahead of the mainstream. Her comprehensive approach incorporates her vast knowledge of the ancient healing arts with 100% natural and organic skin care products from all over the globe.

Ettia’s gifted touch will transcend your expectations. In addition to Reflexology she offers body work treatments in CranioSacral therapy, Chi Nei Tsang, Ohashiatsu, as well as custom facials. To request an appointment with Ettia for your personalized body work treatment, please visit the IHT appointment request page.

After your session, try one of IHT’s foot care products for maximum relaxation and healing:

Cooling Foot Balm (Spa Technologies)

Cooling Foot BalmReduce swelling and refresh the feet with this mentholated cooling foot balm. Enriched with shea butter and laminaria algae, this refreshing balm provides a nice cooling effect when applied to the feet and lower legs, while moisturizing and healing dry or calloused skin.

Himalayan (Ayurvedic) Sea Salts (Spa Technologies)

Himalayan Sea SaltsFine sea salts from the Himalayan Mountains are used in Ayurvedic care to restore energy and vitality to the skin. Excellent for soaking tired feet or for use in the bath, these sea salts can restore vitality and relax aching feet. Himalayan Sea Salts can also be used as a scrub to detoxify and rejuvenate the feet.

Brittany Sea Salts (Spa Technologies)

Brittany sea saltsBrittany sea salts are made from pure, unprocessed sea salts off the coast of Brittany that contain essential trace elements, such as silica, zinc and selenium, to restore energy and vigor to tired, aching muscles. The pure organic iodine in these bath salts works to increase metabolism, and magnesium provides immediate stress relief. Just add Brittany Sea Salts to water for a relaxing, rejuvenating foot soak that will leave your feet feeling smooth and pampered.

Dead Sea Salts (Spa Technologies)

Dead Sea saltsDead Sea salts are full of essential oils and trace elements and have been used for centuries to beautify and nourish the skin. This amazing product combines magnesium and potassium concentrates with essential oils to stimulate circulation and relieve muscle and joint pain. Made with rosemary oil and eucalyptus, these soothing bath salts work as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory to reduce swelling and bloating and rejuvenate the feet. Add Dead Sea Salts to water for an uplifting foot soak that will leave your feet feeling fabulous.

Gift Certificates are Available Online!

Innovative Healing TouchGift certificates are now available at IHT’s online store. What better way to show someone you care this holiday season than with the gift of healthy skin? Innovative Healing Touch offers great deals on quality products from some of the top brands in the skin care industry. With our incredible deals on brands like Coats Aloe, Shira Esthetics Shir-Organic, and Spa Technologies, your loved ones are sure to find the perfect skin care products to make them look and feel years younger. IHT’s gift certificates can also be used for Ettia’s customized facial and bodywork sessions to relieve stress, restore the body’s natural balance of energy and promote optimal health, wellness and beauty. Gift certificates can be purchased in increments of $25 up to $200 – so pick one up for everyone on your list this year!

Any Questions? Just Ask Ettia!

Please call or email Ettia for a free consultation regarding Reflexology, Ohashiatsu, Chi Nei Tsang, CranioSacral therapy, or a custom facial. Ettia will help you understand the differences between the healing arts when you are deciding on which mode to begin. Feel free to also ask about any of the organic skin care products in IHT’s online shop. Ettia can guide you as to what products will work best for your skin type. Ettia’s expertise has made her a leading authority on beauty wellness, often quoted in popular magazines like Vogue, Elle, Mademoiselle and Glamour. Now, you can benefit from Ettia’s expertise! Simply email Ettia at or call (877) 217-7971. To schedule time with Ettia, please visit our appointment request page at Innovative Healing Touch.