... a few more important facts to consider, before we start exploring our feet for the Reflex Points.
As mentioned in the introduction, Reflexology is a holistic approach to health. This means, a reflexologist would always treat the body as a whole, not in separate little pieces of flesh, organs or other body parts.
We may concentrate on certain parts of the body, but we always end up treating the entire body!
What that means is we always treat the whole foot, not just applying pressure to a problem area.
Reflexology can be used as a diagnostic tool, however, NEVER at any time diagnose a disease, illness or any problems!
All you do is, ascertain a certain point is painful and that point relates to a certain part of the body. That is all, don't conclude or diagnose anything else.
As we have discussed before, the foot is an important indicator for many different functions and systems of the body and of health.
Reflexology is not the only modality that treats certain points on the foot to achieve a positive health outcome.
You will touch on acupuncture points, but remember that you are not practicing Chinese Medicine.
Whatever healing modality you may overlap with a reflexology treatment is just coincidental.
Healing modalities may seem similar, but can be valued only on their totality of understanding.
Never under any circumstances use any kind of pressure tool to work on the feet.
Only use your hands, fingers and for the thumb for what is called the "thumb walking technique".
To find the reflex points, we divide our body in 10 vertical lines, which we call Zones.
These 10 Zones, which can be imagined as lines, are running equal with the 10 toes of the feet and hands.
(Yes, you can do hand reflexology as well - same principles apply)
Having mentally put these 10 Zones onto a body structure, gives us an immediate idea where to find our body parts represented within the same lines/zone on our feet.
The organs which are on the right side of the body will be on the right foot.
The organs which are on the left side .... yes you guessed it ..
The Kidneys are represented in both feet.
To get an even clearer picture, we will now separate the feet horizontally at 3 distinct places into 3 Zones.
(divides your foot in 3 equal Zones or Parts)
The Shoulder Girdle, which will separate the head, neck vertebras, throat area from the chest area.
This Zone is represented on your Toes and ball of your feet.
The Diaphragm, or lower ribcage line, which will separate the chest from the abdomen.
The Pelvic floor, which separates the abdomen from the Pelvic Organs.
This Pelvic floor line seen from the top of the foot is located just above the ankle.
Each TOE, marks one vertical line - zone
The horizontal lines can be found on the bone structure of the foot.
The 1. line crosses on the; Metatarsals - Phalanges Joints.
The 2. line crosses at; the
base of the Metatarsals.
The 3. line crosses at the; Dorsal (bottom) Tibia - Talus Joint and plantar(top), at the ankle joint.
Sounds too complicated? Don't worry about the names, just look at the chart!
NOTE: There are no Direct Reflex points above the ankle. But we still use these areas for "Indirect Reflexes".
Now look at a foot again, and imagine that the foot looks like a Sitting Person.
The Big Toe, representing the Head, and the Heel representing the Pelvic.
By now you should have a general idea, where to find every reflex point on your feet, even without referring to a chart.
Time to learn how to massage the feet! You will learn to use several techniques.
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