Everybody needs a little R&R, and what better way to de-stress than with the hot-as-wildfire wellness trend and ancient healing art of reflexology. With roots dating back to 2300 BC, the treatment is a little “woo woo,” but hey: don’t knock it ’til you try it.
Reflexology operates on the idea that Qi or “life force” can be blocked and held in different areas of the body preventing the body’s natural healing process. Proponents believe that by massaging the hands and feet, a reflexologist can help to heal and harmonize internal physical problems ranging from arthritis to insomnia. Suggested benefits include: a release of toxins (which restores balance to the body); an increase in blood flow; and a release in endorphins, which is said to help with pain management.
Have we piqued your interest? Whether you’re a repeat-customer or you’re dying to satisfy your curiosity, here are five of the best places for reflexology treatments in and around Encinitas.
Tucked away on 45 acres of lush gardens and olive groves, this award-winning spa and resort features many 5 star amenities, from warm water pools to a long list of cutting-edge fitness classes. Their reflexology treatment, which is said to “stimulate the circulatory system and balance and restore the energy in the body,” is life-changing.
Spend some quality time with Marie Claire under California sunshine in outdoor day beds before heading into your 30 or 45-minute treatment. We love this local staple’s prices, its Indo-inspired garden and topnotch therapists.
East Holistic Reflexology, 7750 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009 | (760) 633-1188 | reflexologymassagenow.com
Spa treatments usually aren’t cheap, but this Carlsbad strip mall spot serves up an excellent value: $39 for a one-hour reflexology treatment which, unlike most reflexology treatments, includes a head massage. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.
Owned by a licensed Holistic Health Practitioner who spent 10 years in Japan, the focus at Healing Ki is energy work, or channeling each patron’s “Ki” (or chi) “to promote inner strength, relaxation and good health. With both 30 minute ($50) and 60 minute ($90) reflexology treatments available, Tiglat Atanous’ spot also offers stone massage, energy healing techniques, prenatal massage, CranialSacral Therapy, and aromatherapy. No matter what treatment you get, you really can’t go wrong at Healing Ki.
Blocks from the ocean and across the street from Pannikin, patrons love this idyllic garden setting and the expertise of ever-popular massage therapist, Dora. For $65, this treatment lasts 45 minutes and includes a massage of the lower legs, hand, arms, neck, shoulders and scalp.
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