SOUTH BEND - Susan Davis Wood, owner of South Bend's Footprints, feels reflexology is "a wonderful tool for better health."
What is reflexology? Proponents claim the principles of reflexology embody techniques designed to keep the body's systems operating at peak efficiency - keeping the body tuned up. Reflexology is a "holistic healing method" that involves pressure and massage of the reflex points found on the feet. These reflex points reflect every part of the body.
Reflexology includes relief of stress and tension, improvement of blood supply and nerve function, and helps nature achieve homeostasis - a state of equilibrium or balance.
Since approximately 75 percent of today's diseases can be attributed to stress and tension, various body systems are affected in different ways. One person may exhibit cardiovascular problems, another gastrointestinal upset, anorexia, palpitations, sweating, headaches, to mention but a few of the bodily reactions to stress.
In the early '90s Wood began working at a health store, and began to investigate the uses of herbs and alternative health systems. Desiring to make a major impact on people's health, she studied for eight months and was recently certified by the International Institute of Reflexology.
Wood says, "Reflexology can have a profound effect on many things. It creates balance in the body and allows the body to heal itself. Anyone who has any questions, please feel free to call me. I would love to discuss the benefits of reflexology with them."
Footprints is open seven days a week, and is located at 636 Water St., South Bend. Call today to learn more about this exciting tool and to schedule an appointment. Call 875-6668.