Yoga: Reflexology and kriyas

LaylaThese days, the idea of a shoving a neti bottle up my nose or making myself vomit just does not appeal. No offence to any die-hard yogis out there but I am just not convinced it is going to enhance my journey to enlightenment. I tend to go for more modern methods such as fasting, massage and today… reflexology.

I live a pretty clean life – don’t eat dairy (apart from the occasional bit of cheese when I’m with my other half who is veggie and lives on cheese) – and do most of the things the average yogi does but at the start of this week I will admit to feeling somewhat under the weather. I had to cancel my usual class at SCAT (teaching the learning disabilities kids) as I just didn’t feel that I would be able to do them justice and today, myself and a friend did a treatment swap with me doing a private yoga class in return for Layla’s healing hands. Though I wasn’t convinced I’d have the energy to teach her, we had a joyful afternoon.

I’d planned to take up an aromatherapy massage but lovely Layla (pictured) at suggested I go for a reflexology treatment.  Turns out I am super sensitive to the energy. I felt blissed out at points as though she were rubbing my shoulders and not my feet, felt tingles in certain places on my body and certain areas actually made me cough as my system attempted to clear itself. Layla figured out almost my entire medical history just from rubbing my feet!

In case you weren’t aware, Reflexology is an ancient therapy based on the principle that all organs and systems in our bodies connect to specific reflex points on the feet. The treatment involves a specialised thumb and finger massage working on the pressure points on your feet which may help alleviate health problems in other areas of the body. It is a deeply relaxing, holistic therapy which is ideally suited to children as well as adults.

I left feeling as though I were walking on air with shiny new feet.

Seriously, if you’ve never tried it, I recommend it! Thank you Layla, that was heaven and I’m already looking forward to our next session.