The ancient Chinese practice of reflexology, is a manual therapy focusing on the feet, and hands.
For 3,000 years. Chinese practitioners have used reflexology to re-balance Qi (the life force flowing through energy channels) to treat a number of conditions.
Reflexology is based on the Chinese principle that certain areas on the soles of your feet or hands – known as reflex zones – containing millions of nerve endings, correspond to other parts of the body.
By applying pressure to certain points in the hands and feet it stimulates organs, nerve endings and energy pathways to promote health.
The Chinese believe that reflexology stimulates the body into healing itself by improving circulation, reducing stress, pain and restoring a natural balance.
I tried foot reflexology in my new Around The World Beauty Adventure in Chinatown . As ticklish as Iam I did not burst into laughter instead I was incredibly relaxed. The therapist added pressure to certain points and focused on my level of comfort. You never think about the feet and how much they need a little loving too. He started by cleaning them with a warm/wet towel and then applied aloe vera lotion. He started at my ankles and worked his way to my toes. Using both hands he created circular motions and would stop at certain pressure points adding a little bit more of a push on his fingers.
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During my Around The World Beauty Chinatown video I talked about Tiger Balm.
Photo by Stephanie Flor Thailand
I got introduced to Tiger Balm in Thailand at the floating market. Tiger Balm is made from a number of different medicinal plants including; clove bud oil, camphor, cajuput oil, and menthol . Its a beauty must in most of Asia.
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This balm was first created in Burma by a Chinese Herbalist in the 1870’s. In the past it actually contained a tiger bone hint hint hint . Tiger bone was a famous chinese ingredient dating back 1,500 years. Its sold in over 100 countries and in the 1930’s the Aw family released it in Honk Kong and Singapore.
I use it when I feel body ache mostly and is similar to spanish fix it all Vicks Vapor. I love the packaging its super authentic and gives you that traditional chinese touch with an interesting ingredient.
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Below Canal Street, you’ll find beauty secrets in every corner. You wont find the famous gold or pigeon-dropping facials, one of Japans odd beauty regimens but you’re sure to find great face cream. Green tea masks with vitamins and antioxidants is a popular beauty find in China Town along with puffy eye treatments and whitening creams. Ginseng masks are another popular item and you’ll find them in every small store.
Around the World Beauty Traveler Stephanie Flor travels to China Town in NYC. She learns about Chinesse beauty secrets like Reflexology, Tiger balm, and cultural beauty traditions.
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