The ancient healing art of Reflexology views our bodies as maps: specific Reflex points are interconnected to corresponding organs and systems.  The application and release of pressure on these points corrects energy imbalances and encourages systems to self-heal.  As with acupuncture, also rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that energy—qi (“chi”)—moves along pathways, known as meridians, in our bodies.  This universal life force is created by the combination of yin and yang; complementary—not opposing—cyclical forces that represent all dualities in nature.  With unity serving as the backbone to Eastern dialectical thought, it is believed that yin and yang must be in balance within the body, as well as in harmony with the surrounding environment, in order to achieve total health and happiness.  As reflexology connects our soles to our souls, we must view the body as one, constantly moving and transforming in unison.
Fusing body and mind, the art of dancing has long been used throughout cultures as a means of spiritual, emotional, cognitive and social expression.  In Hindu and Buddhist mythology, Asparas are ethereal beings known for their sensuous beauty and mastery of dance.  As we dance our ways further into 2013, we welcome the Year of the Water Snake on February 10th, in accordance to the ancient Chinese Zodiac. Snakes, with the ability to slough off their skin, are one of the oldest mythological symbols; representing birth, transformation, immortality and healing.  The circular Ouroboros symbol—depicted by a serpent biting it’s own tail—equates to eternityjd77ax0pvtELHJFFMNEGFMFMLMI and the renewal of life.  Let us take this time for personal reflection; peer into the deep water, stare into the abyss.  What will you push for?  What will you release?
~ Courtney Porkoláb
February 2013