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Foot Reflexology

What is Reflexology?

Also called “zone therapy,” this mixture of healing art and science is based on the premise that an energy channel encompassing 12 vital organs exists from our feet to the tops of our heads. Applying pressure with his/her hands, a reflexologist unblocks that channel to restore proper health and organ function.

FOOT REFLEXOLOGY

Your foot undergoes a large amount of stress each day. No body part is more abused than your feet. Standing, running, jumping – our feet do it all! Reflexologists believe that overall health begins in your feet and travels up. Nearly all areas of the body have a corresponding reflexology point on the foot. For example, the inner sole of each foot corresponds to the bladder. Applying pressure to this area can affect bladder functioning. The right foot corresponds to the organs on the right side of the body, and vice versa. The benefits of foot massage are endless – not to mention it feels downright great! Although there are no “hard facts” to prove what a foot massage can really do, practitioners and patients alike claim that reflexology can.

A 2008 study (Kunz and Kunz) found that reflexology led to an increase in blood flow to the intestines and kidneys. The practice has also been associated with positive changes in kidney functioning (dialysis patients).

A 2015 study (Song) suggests that reflexology may have a positive effect on diabetics (Type II) and associates the practice with lowering blood pressure. Many reviews note that the overall quality of research on reflexology tends to be low.

The benefits aren't purely physical. A good foot massage can also improve your mental and emotional state. Most of those who seek out a reflexologist are looking for relaxation and stress relief. With less stress in your life, your chance of heart disease drops considerably.

  • Cure colds/minor ailments
  • Prevent/cure diseases
  • Increase energy
  • Relieve stress, pain, and anxiety
  • Improve blood and lymph circulation
  • Prevent injury
  • Relieve pain from MS and chemotherapy
  • Stimulate activity of internal organs
  • Successfully treat liver dysfunction, constipation, IBS, chronic headaches, and skin allergies
  • Relieve pressure on legs and feet in pregnant women

Major Areas

There are four basic reflexology areas on the soles of each foot. The “head and neck” area encompasses all five toes. In this area you will find points corresponding to the sinuses, eyes, ears, etc.

The “spine,” which runs up the inside of each foot, is located where your toes connect to the rest of your foot. This is the most important reflexology zone – you can think of it as a highway for the communications between your brain and your nerves, bones, and muscles.

The “chest area” is located around the ball of the foot. This area is generally a darker color than the middle of the foot. It is associated with the lungs, shoulders, etc.

The “waist line” is located wherever your foot is widest. This section correlates with the stomach, liver, intestines, etc. and is generally a lighter color.

The “pelvic area” is located at the heel. It is typically a darker color, like the chest area of the foot. This area of the foot corresponds to the legs and buttocks.