Foot Reflexology works with the simple yet highly effective principle that there are reflex points on the feet that correspond to every organ, gland, muscle, bone, and system of the body.
The feet actually contain a “map” – that reflects the human anatomy.
A reflexologist uses this map as a guide to discover where there may be any imbalance.
Back in 2000 when I began my study of this ancient art, I slowly discovered that each foot map I examined, had slightly different foot map markings. This puzzled me….so I continued to investigate further.
Eventually through reading the teachings of many reflexology masters, I discovered that much like we are all different and unique in our physical size and shape - so too is our own reflexology map.
Example: We each have two lungs and two kidneys. However the size and exact location of these organs - may be slightly different.
Since this discovery, in my own practice, I use the foot map as a definite guideline during my sessions, but also keep in mind that some “specific” points (such as the pituitary, pineal, adrenal, testes and ovary glands) may be slightly shifted. So I work a “wider area” – knowing that I will affect them.
The best way to try this out on your own - is to pick an area that you would like to focus on, find it on the foot map, and see if you feel a reaction. If not, move your thumb around a bit, and gently press and release until you feel something either on the reflex point or within your body (or both) You can use any finger that feels comfortable for you, but the thumb, having more strength, seems to work best.
You can also wait until you have a physical concern (such as sinus issues) – find the reflex points for the sinuses - and then press them a few times. Don’t be surprised if they POP and start to drain. I use this point alot during allergy season.
The foot map that I have included with this post is only a map of the soles of the feet. So keep in mind that reflex points are also found on the sides and tops as well. Much can be achieved using the soles of the feet, but to get a complete view, please visit the foot map page.
Begin to think of the foot map as a “compass” that will guide your body when it feels “lost” - by recycling and rejuvenating the “whole”. Make an appointment with a reflexologist in your area (Find A Practitioner Link) to get a feel for a professional session and then continue the process on your own. I guarantee…. you’ll will be AMAZED at how effective foot reflexology can be.
The feet are a very powerful tool in staying well. So put your best foot forward……and follow the map!
“Healing yourself with Foot Reflexology” – Mildred Carter/Tammy Weber
“The Complete Guide to Foot Reflexology” – Kevin and Barbara Kunz
“The New Reflexology” – Inge Dougans