Whether we realize it or not, our physical and mental health manifests internally. After all, there’s a reason why we use expressions like “I have a gut feeling.”

Things like stress and anxiety often lead to internal discomforts like indigestion or nausea—and while we may be able to massage areas where we hold physical tension, it’s a little more difficult to target your internal organs. Unless you know the right places to poke, that is.

Reflexology is a natural, therapeutic technique that targets specific reflexes in your feet, hands, and head that correspond with specific organs, muscle groups and internal systems. By applying pressure to these points, practitioners trained in reflexology can help relieve tension, improve circulation, and support your body’s natural ability to heal itself.

“Incorporating reflexology treatments into massage therapy brings an entirely new side to my practice,” says Align Massage Therapist Joanne Tseng. “It allows me to help people in a way I never have before—targeting important organs like the liver or kidneys just by massaging their feet.”

Joanne has helped several patients find comfort through reflexology, including women experiencing reproductive issues and children dealing with high levels of anxiety. The treatment can help manage many common concerns including musculoskeletal pain, insomnia, and hormonal and digestive issues. Plus, unlike other therapies which target the area of concern causing additional pain or discomfort, reflexology offers relief by working another part of the body.

If you’re curious about how reflexology may benefit you, ask Joanne to test some of your pressure points during your next massage appointment. As an added bonus, those who are interested in receiving reflexology treatments are able to claim their appointment with Joanne under their benefits plan.

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