By Michaela Gibson Morris
If people take care of their feet, their feet will take care of them, literally.
“If your feet don't feel good, you don't feel good,” said Laura QuenŽ, a Tupelo massage therapist who is certified in reflexology.
Reflexology builds on the belief that the body's systems are reflected in the feet.
“It's an alternative therapy that works on the feet and hands to stimulate the body's natural healing ability,” said QuenŽ, who offers massage and reflexology sessions at Skin Care by Iris.
“It seems to be a two-way street,” QuenŽ said. “If your feet are hurting, something else is hurting, too. If something is hurting, we'll usually find a spot on your feet.”
QuenŽ became interested in reflexology as she built on her education as a massage therapist. Reflexology is touched on during the basic massage therapy course, but QuenŽ completed an additional 100 hours of classroom work and another 100 hours of practice to receive a certification in reflexology.
“I was sort of skeptical about the real benefits of reflexology,” QuenŽ said. “I thought, It's just a good foot rub.'”
During her training, she practiced on her husband, who has problems with asthma.
“It wasn't like a quick, sudden, dramatic improvement,” QuenŽ said, but he noticed that after about five months, he didn't need his inhalers as much. “He still carries them, of course. (but) he uses them way less than he used to.”
Reflexology is not going to cure diabetes or make people lose weight, QuenŽ said. It shouldn't be used to diagnose medical conditions or replace medical care.
“At the very least, reflexology will help (people) relax. We all know how important that is,” QuenŽ said.
Most of QuenŽ's clients come once a month. She herself has a session with long-time Monroe County reflexologist Noah Lee once a month.
“I go once a month to keep my muscles from seizing up,” she said.
If someone has a specific issue, she might recommend they schedule three sessions over 10 days, to see if they are getting results.
“It really does seem to have a connection,” QuenŽ said. “Working on sore spots on your feet, it does seem to give you relief,” in other areas of the body.