Self-Care Challenge (Day 300): Trying Reflexology

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With just 66 days left in this 366 Days of Self-Care Challenge, it goes without saying that I’ve been busy experimenting with a variety of different self-care activities.

When I started out on this exploratory journey, I had a few things in mind, but I had no idea I would discover so many new and interesting ways to practice self-care. In fact, many of them – publishing a book, swimming with sharks, trying acupuncture – scared the crap out of me, if I’m being honest. I’ve certainly pushed myself beyond my comfort zone in many instances, and it’s for that reason that the experiences have enriched my life in so many ways.

Yesterday’s self-care experiment was to try reflexology, a body treatment that involves applying pressure to specific points on the body, such as the feet, hands, and head. Where massage is a lot like kneading bread dough (focusing on the muscles), reflexology is more like pressing pie crust into a baking dish (focusing on the bony prominences).

But I have to admit, this first experience with reflexology was kind of comical. Aside from the obvious language barrier (my questions were answered only with a confused smile), on three different occasions the practitioner left the room in the middle of my treatment to greet someone at the entrance. (Evidently there wasn’t a receptionist on duty.)

Awkward.

Strangeness aside, I left the treatment feeling pretty amazing. Periodically, I experience lower back pain, especially when I sit for long periods of time. Massage has been the most helpful preventive strategy, but I was surprised to learn that reflexology seemed to help as well.

This will be a repeat activity for sure.

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