Reflexology: Gravity & “Crunchies”

Because most of us are on our feet throughout the day, heavy waste material in our body settle at the end of our nerve endings on the bottom of our feet, due to gravity.

While rubbing the soles of your feet, you may have at one time, found small areas that feel like there’s something under the skin.

These areas to a reflexologist are often referred to as deposits or what many of us call – “crunchies“.

It has always been suspected that these crunchies consist of uric acid crystals. It was thought that after these crystals were broken up, they would be carried away by the bloodstream and eliminated through the body’s natural elimination process.

Recently, I discovered some new and very interesting studies by Dr. Jesus Manranares of Spain, who performed biopsies on both crunchies and non-crunchies (or regular reflexes) – on the soles of volunteers feet. Compared to the regular reflexes, he found significantly more nerve fibers, in the crunchy reflex areas.

What this says, is that when the body needs stimulation to a certain organ (say the lungs), the body learns to send nerve fibers to actually congestthe particular corresponding reflex (the lung reflex) – to create a “tenderness crunchy“.

How cool is that???

When a reflex is worked, the hard texture breaks up and becomes soft, while the tenderness subsides; signaling that the energy (via nerve fibers) has been sent along the meridian line to the corresponding organ – to do it’s healing.

As these areas are worked, a client may experience a slight tenderness or subtle burning sensation as these crunchies are breaking up. Discomfort should subside almost as fast as it comes.

Breaking up these congested areas, allows the body to disperse them, helping to restore proper energy flow and also assists in the removal of excess waste in the body – that has settled in the feet via gravity.


Self Care Recommendations

~ When working these areas yourself, my advice, is to always work gently and respectfully.

~ It make take a few times of focusing on these areas, to totally break up the crunchies – so work them a few consecutive days…..and be patient.

~ Using your thumb, firmly yet gently press on the crunchy – making small circles (clockwise & counter clockwise). Do this for 5-10 minutes at a time.

~ Use the foot map on this blog to see which reflex point the “crunchy” corresponds to.



I encourage you to take some time and review the book page on this blog – where you will find a list of wonderful and easy reads on Foot Reflexology.

Reflexology is a valuable tool that can naturally assist us in coaxing the body to continually cleanse, recycle and balance.

Think of it as….internal house cleaning”

And remember, if you feel any “crunchies”…’s simply your body’s way of letting you know…..that it could use a little help.


Be well

Resource for this post gratefully supplied by: “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Reflexology” – Frankie Avalon Wolfe, Ph.D.