The feet are important, yet often underrated, part of your body. With thousands of nerve endings and 26 bones, your feet are pretty impressive. You may have heard about foot reflexology and how it is often used for some types of healing. Learning more about foot reflexology and the science behind it may offer you an excellent way to help improve your overall health.
Foot Reflexology – What is It?
First, it’s important to understand foot reflexology and what it means. Reflexology involves applying pressure to various pressure points on your feet, using certain locations that correspond with particular areas of the body.
According to Chinese medicine, using those reflex points helps to simulate energy through certain energy lines of the body. To understand more about reflexology, you may want to check out a reflexology chart. These charts show the entire body represented by different areas of the feet.
When foot reflexology is used, pressure is applied to a certain point on the foot, or the area may be massaged. This is supposed to help released any congestive energy, helping to relieve various ailments and painful health issues.
With self-education, it’s possible for nearly anyone to learn how to perform reflexology foot massage on their own feet. In fact, you can find many helpful tools, such as videos, websites, and books to help you learn how to practice reflexology.
Benefits of Reflexology
When reflexology is used correctly, it offers many excellent benefits. It can contribute to deal with many general discomforts, including constipation, sinus congestion, body aches and pains, muscle cramps, bee stings, menstrual cramps, nausea and even headaches.
As you learn how different areas of the feed correspond with certain parts of the body, you can begin treating yourself for various issues, reducing suffering in a natural way instead of using medications.
For example, if you have a headache, you could lightly pinch on the tops and sides of your toes, since the toes of the feet represent your neck and head. Finding the sores areas of your feet and treating them with reflexology can help to reduce the pain you’re suffering from a headache. Another example is to try rubbing the balls of your feet if you’re dealing with bronchial congestion or massaging the tender areas between your toes to help drain stuffy sinuses.
Reflexology and the Mind
While foot reflexology is useful for treating physical problems, some believe that the feet also may tell you what’s going on in your mind or how your emotions are.
Feet that are colorless or very white may mean that someone is dealing with exhaustion. Some think that your second toe will indicate what you want in life, and if you’re enjoying what you want out of life, that toe may be pointing down.
Other toes are thought to correlate to different emotions or thoughts. For example, stimulating the second toe may help boost your self-esteem, stimulating the big toe may improve thought clarity, intuition, and intellect. Stimulating the smallest toe may help to expand your way of thinking.
While there are many benefits to using foot reflexology massage, it is important to be careful when using it. Women who are pregnant should be very cautious when using it in some areas on the foot may stimulate labor. People with other conditions, such as heart problems, should also use caution when using reflexology.
Use a shea butter body cream or you can use a basic moisturizing lotion that you can get from the bath and body section of any grocery store. I do not recommend regular massage oil or cream for the hands and feet because they occasionally can leave you feeling a little greasy.
Watch the Video to Learn How to Do the Foot Reflexology:
- Toes – correspond to the head and sinuses
- “Stems” of Toes – correspond to the “stem” of the head (the neck).
- Ball of Foot – corresponds to the shoulder and upper torso.
- The Area of the Arch of the Foot- corresponds to the abdomen.
- The Curving Edge on the Length of the Foot – corresponds to the spine.
- The Heel – corresponds to the lower abdomen in general, stick with clockwise movements.
- Outer Edge of the Foot Massaging the outer edge of the foot balances the hormones.
- The Top of the Feet corresponds to the respiratory system.
- Spreading the Tarsals and Metatarsals helps the foot mechanically.
- The Hollow on either side of Achilles Tendon corresponds to the reproductive organs and glands.
- Use Quick Strokes to wake up the area and increase circulation.