Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Are your feet hurting at SfN?

After walking around a large conference center like McCormick Place all day, many people end up with feet that decide they just can't go on. And when the feet hurt, it takes its toll on the whole body.

This year, however, was the first time I've seen a massage area at SfN. The group didn't set up in some obscure place, either. Instead, they strategically placed themselves in the heart of the poster sessions, around aisle E. Mi Bon Spa McCormick offers massage services and manicures for SfN attendees. Choose from the Windy City Foot Massage, Chicago Classic Neck and Back, Millennium Head and Shoulder, or the Michigan Avenue Hand and Arm massage.

Right now, you can go by their space and pick up a coupon for a free calf massage with the purchase of a foot massage, which is a $40 value. The group says they are very busy in the afternoons but their services are available all day.

I started wondering how foot massage or reflexology can affect the brain. It seems that a group in Hong Kong has studied the benefits of reflexology and found an advantage conferred on the visual system. I'd like to delve deeper into this research, so stay tuned for more information!

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