Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Sole Searching Provides Insight into Human Body; We Cover Them Up and They Are Often Neglected. Knock Your Socks off - Your Feet Have a Story to Tell. Toowoomba Reflexologist Eb Smith Says They Are a Road Map to Your Body. SARAH GREEN Reports

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Sole Searching Provides Insight into Human Body; We Cover Them Up and They Are Often Neglected. Knock Your Socks off - Your Feet Have a Story to Tell. Toowoomba Reflexologist Eb Smith Says They Are a Road Map to Your Body. SARAH GREEN Reports

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LOUISE lounges on the massage chair eagerly waiting for her treatment.

She is 20-weeks pregnant and has been suffering from a sore back as well as swelling of the feet and is giving reflexology a go to ease the pain.

But how does a foot massage based on reflex points, a practice going back 5000 years, treat the discomfort of back pain?

Reflexologist Eb Smith says the soles of the feet provide an insight into the human body.

"Reflexology is natural, holistic therapy that works on the principal that there are reflexes on the feet and lower legs that relate to the major organs and systems in the body," Eb said.

"Pressure applied by the thumb stimulates the nerve endings in the feet and sends neurological impulses all over the body to improve circulation, lymphatic function, and help the body release toxins.

"Reflexology is deeply relaxing, and is very beneficial in the treatment of stress, anxiety and pain."

As Eb works on her feet, Louise is drifting into a state of semi-consciousness.

"It is very relaxing," she murmured.

When the session had finished, Louise was able to talk a little more clearly.

"It is quite amazing when she finds a sore spot relating to the lower back and other parts of your body," she said.

Eb said the body had an amazing power to heal itself.

A bruise will fade, a wound will heal up and a broken bone will mend.

Stimulating areas on the feet or hands can help to prevent ill health and maintain well being by encouraging the body to heal itself wherever the problem is found.

The therapist works by the Ingham foot map (pictured above right) which plots out parts of the feet that correspond with the body.

For instance, she said if you were suffering from a headache or migraine sit down and rub your big toe.

"Even if people don't know the reflexology points giving your feet a massage feels great, even better if someone else is doing it," she said.

Eb said reflexology treatment had benefits for all.

"When your feet feel good, you feel good," she said.

"Reflexology is a nurturing therapy, and will help relax, ease pain and bring balance back to the body. …

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