“Reflexology is the systematic, manual stimulation of the reflex maps located on the feet, hands and outer ears.” – Reflexology Association of America, 2005
In the month of March, our L’Apothecary Spa therapists received an advanced Reflexology training conducted by Marsha Craven and Elena Branson from Healing Arts Connection of Phoenix. Within the 12-Hour seminar, our therapists learned additional techniques focusing on foot reflexology. The idea of leaning back and receiving a “foot massage” is enticing, but what effect does it have on your body and should you do this on a regular basis? What type of massage should you pair with a reflexology therapy? Tanaya Gallagher, lead therapist at L’Apothecary Spa, is happy to share her knowledge with you.
Tanaya Gallagher, NCBTMB certified and Arizona licensed massage therapist, has been with us at the L’Apothecary Spa for over 3 years. Within her 11 years of experience, she completed a 500-hour Yoga teacher certificate and an additional 200-hour training in Kundalini Yoga & Meditation. Tanaya specializes in sports/deep structure massages as well as energy work. She defines reflexology as “working the energy lines of the body to promote health, relaxation and well-being.”
When asking what Tanaya enjoyed most about the training, she explains: “Our spa team has such a diverse background, it was great to have a unified training to build a solid foundation. Now, we all share a core understanding, which makes us stronger as a team. It was a great training session! I loved the fact that the sessions included visual components, demonstrations as well as hands-on practice. In my opinion, receiving a treatment is as important as providing it yourself – we need to be able to feel what we are doing! To be honest with you, we all fell asleep when we received a demonstration by Marsha!” Tanaya further elaborates that Marsha designed a 30-Minute Reflexology uniquely for the L’Apothecary Spa, which is designed to produce an overall wellness and relaxation effect.
Currently, foot reflexology in Sedona is part of the L’Apothecary Spa Signature Treatment “Feet in the Creek” in addition to being offered as a 30-Minute add-on option to any massage or body treatment. Feet in the Creek is a playful treatment designed to facilitate a three-part connection between earth, nature and yourself. The highlight is connecting with nature in Oak Creek followed by a creekside foot reflexology therapy.
Tanaya recommends drinking a lot of water before and after the treatment, moderating the caffeine and alcohol intake as well as having only a light meal before receiving a therapy. “It’s important to remember that reflexology relates to your entire body – it’s an overall effect. Everyone reacts differently to reflexology – some fall asleep others feel light-headed, which is why drinking enough water is so important. Our main objective is to provide relaxation and overall well-being. I would recommend reflexology therapy on a regular basis. It assists the overall health in the long term. Think of it as an introduction to an alternative health treatment” Tanaya concludes: “You can pair any type of massage or body treatment with reflexology. Personally, foot reflexology combined with a Sacred Stone Massage would be heavenly for me! I’m a runner so I love my feet worked!”