Use Foot Reflexology for Improved Health
Foot reflexology works in exactly the same manner as hand reflexology which was explored in the May-June issue of this Journal. (You can read and print that complete issue at natural-living-journal.com.) The choice between hand reflexology and foot reflexology is up to you. For some people, the main advantage of the foot is that it is larger than the hand, and therefore the reflex points are a little further apart and perhaps easier to differentiate. Numerous people find it somewhat uncomfortable to try to work on their own feet. Some people like to do both the hands and feet. It can be beneficial to simultaneously hold the pressure points for the same organ (or body part) on both the right foot and right hand — then repeat with the left foot and left hand.
By massaging or applying firm pressure on particular pressure points in the appropriate area of the soles of the feet (or the palms of the hands) you can beneficially affect a specific organ or part of the body. Take a few minutes to look at the Foot Reflexology Chart. You will notice that on the soles of the feet there is a point for almost every organ and aspect of the body. By massaging these various points somewhat firmly (not hard pressure), you can stimulate an increased flow of vital life energy to the corresponding areas of the body. This aids the relaxing and/or healing of these areas. Any point you work on one foot should be repeated on the other foot to keep the energy flows on the two sides of the body balanced. The right foot corresponds to everything on the right side of the body, and the left foot corresponds to everything on the left side of the body.
To get an idea of where the pressure points are located, imagine superimposing a chart of the human head and torso over a chart of the soles and toes of the feet. Pressure points for the head are on the toes. Moving down the soles toward the ankles, you will find the same progression of pressure point locations as the actual organ locations occur in the body. Reflex points in the middle of the sole (half way between the toes and ankle) correspond to the waist area of a person. Points for the bottom of the torso are located in the lower half of the soles (near the ankle). Knowing these general location guidelines, you can use your intuition to locate pressure points. Notice how the reflex points for the spine go all along the outside edge of the arch from the heal up to the base of the big toe.
If you massage both soles and all ten toes completely, you will have benefited the entire body. Where there is tenderness (unless it is caused by direct injury to the foot), that spot may benefit from extra massaging to loosen stagnant or blocked energy in the corresponding area of the body. By massaging or applying firm pressure on particular pressure points in the appropriate area of the soles of the feet (or the palms of the hands) you can beneficially affect a specific organ or part of the body. In passing I’ll mention that I used the word massage a few times in the description because it is a word with which everyone is familiar. Reflexology is not a form of massage, though it is sometimes included in therapeutic massage, and it does involve touching.
Treat yourself to relaxing and healing hand and/or foot reflexology often. It is very good for supporting health in a preventative way, even if one is already feeling excellent. It stimulates natural energy flow throughout the body. One to three times a week is probably plenty. Any type of therapeutic body work may tiger a release of toxins from the body. This is good, and is a natural part of the healing process. Drink extra water to help wash out toxins possibly released during a session. Also, you may wish to consider taking a brief rest afterward if you feel tired. You are doing yourself a lot of good.
Press the thumb with moderate (NOT HARD) pressure on a point which needs extra attention. A guide for the length of time to stimulate a particular pressure point is:
- Endocrine glands (pituitary, pineal, thyroid, thymus, sexual glands, adrenals, pancreas): A few seconds.
- Organs: One minute.
- Spine and other bones: Up to five minutes.
Different ways to stimulate a reflex point:
- Place your thumb on the reflex point and make very small circles without lifting your thumb. You are basically gently moving the skin and underlying tissues slightly, not sliding your thumb across the skin.
- Place your thumb on the reflex point and move your thumb back and forth slightly without lifting your thumb. Once again, you are gently moving the skin and underlying tissues slightly, not sliding your thumb across the skin.
- Place your thumb on the reflex point and apply moderate (definitely not hard) pressure without moving your thumb. Never hurt yourself or someone else.
- thumb sort of “inch” its way along like a tiny inch worm (one-eighth inch at a time).
Inch worm technique. Place your thumb on the reflex point and let your
Experiment and sense what feels right for you.
Professional reflexologists apply quite firm pressure. However, I feel that it is very important to start out gently. Please read the complete Hand Reflexology article in the May-June Issue of The Natural Living Journal for further important information. You may wish to consider purchasing a Foot Reflexology Roller to have under your desk or table. You can roll your stocking feet over it periodically and it helps you feel better. Goggle “Foot Reflexology Roller.” I wish you good health, peace, and joy.
Click the link to download and print a full size copy of the Foot Reflexology Chart.
Note: Check with your health care provider before embarking on learning to do reflexology for yourself, particularly if you have a serious health condition.