Reflexology: Balancing Through Hands and Feet

  Our foot contains over 7,200 nerve endings and is one of the most sensitive parts of the body. These nerve endings are stimulated during a pressure technique called reflexology. Our foot is a miniature representation of the whole body with body parts laid out in a similar arrangement on the feet.

  Reflexology is based on the theory that vital energy is channeled along various lines throughout the body, which are known as zones. These reflexology zones run throughout the body starting from top of the head and ending at fingers and toes. The right foot represents the right side of the body, and the left foot the left side. The spleen located in the left of the body, has its reflex point only in the left foot whereas a paired organ such as the lungs will have its reflex point in both feet.

 

  By pressing specific areas of the feet, every organ, gland, muscle and body part is affected. These techniques are unique to traditional reflexology and are different from the motions used in other types of massage.

In addition to traditional reflexology which relies on reflex points, modern reflexologists also consider the feet in and of themselves. The health of one's feet is a big concern; feet that are healthy and pain free are very important for one's overall well being and are an important consideration in reflexology.