“Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands or ears.” Reflexology is generally thought to be relaxing and stress-relieving. The theory behind reflexology is that areas of the foot correspond to different organs and systems of the body, and that pressing these points can provide many health benefits.
Reflexologists use foot charts to guide them as they apply pressure to specific areas. When pressure is applied to the foot, it can bring relaxation and healing to that corresponding area of the body. One example of this can be seen when a reflexologist uses his thumb or finger to press a specific spot on the arch of the foot that corresponds to the bladder and that ultimately affects bladder functioning.
Several studies have indicated that reflexology reduces pain and psychological symptoms such as stress and anxiety. It has also been known to enhance sleep, something that many in this high-stress world could certainly use more of! Research has also shown that reflexology can reduce anxiety, improve blood flow and decrease high blood pressure.
This summer saw the opening of Chen’s Reflexology on Reservoir Avenue in Cranston. This office is owned and operated by Chen and his family who immigrated here from China many years ago. The Chinese believe that reflexology stimulates the body into healing itself by improving circulation, reducing stress and pain, and most importantly, restoring natural balance. It is this kind of relief that Chen and his team of reflexologists intend to bring to their clients at their newly opened center.
Chen’s Reflexology offers more than traditional foot reflexology services. Clients who are looking to relieve troublesome symptoms of stress, anxiety and pain might also benefit from their cupping and hot stone therapies. Cupping, which gained increased exposure when world-class athlete and swimmer Michael Phelps used it during his Olympic competition in 2016, is a form of ancient Chinese medicine that is used to treat the body’s aches and pains – especially of athletes like Phelps! It is recognizable by the perfectly round purple marks that are left on the skin.
Cupping increases blood flow in the body by stretching and contracting the skin. “Blood flow is the body’s way of naturally healing,” says Houman Danesh, M.D., an assistant professor of anesthesiology and rehabilitation medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital who frequently combines cupping with mainstream pain therapy techniques. “Increased blood flow can be beneficial to jumpstart or restart a blunted healing response.”
Hot stone massage is also at Chen’s Reflexology. By carefully placing smooth, water-heated stones on key points of the body, tensions can be melted away, muscle stiffness is eased, and circulation and metabolism are increased.
Chen’s Reflexology is located at 973 Reservoir Avenue. Walk-ins are welcome or appointments can be made by calling 401-347-3682. Hours are 9:00am to 10:00pm every day. Clients can enjoy the “frequent buyer” card which offers one free session for every ten sessions.