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I have read articles in the past regarding reflexology and never gave it a second thought, but lately when I wake up in the morning, the bottom of my right foot is sore. I thought this may be the time to do some research on the subject to see if I could figure out what is going on with this new affliction I am experiencing and what part of my body may have a problem. It may be time to have a foot massage!

Reflexology is an applied pressure therapy. This holistic healing therapy works on the principle, that each body part is represented on the feet and hands of an individual. The foot acts as a map of the entire body. By pressing specific areas, called reflexes, on the feet and hands, one can produce therapeutic effects in other parts of the body. When these areas are pressed, they stimulate the flow of energy and release blockages.

Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that "vital energy" or "life force” flows and permeates the entire organs of the body, including every living cell and tissue. Subsequently, if this flow becomes impeded in the human body, it is reflected on the hands and feet of the individual. Through the correct application of pressure, the stagnated energy or "Chi" gets unblocked. It is believed that without the proper flow of energy, the body slowly starts to manifest disease.

By stimulating the Reflex Areas and Reflex Zones (nerve endings) of the feet, the blockages are detected through the experience of pain. This is found to occur in parts of the foot and hands that relates to the corresponding body part that is imbalanced.

The reflex channels are a system of tiny tubes or energy channels run vertically down the front of the body and up the back of the body along the entire length of the body. They are connected to all the organs, glands and tissues of the human body. They turn around at the feet and the hands. This is why rubbing in these locations is especially helpful. When one does this, it stimulates the entire channel to empty or open, and this action moves the energy along the channel.

Interestingly, each part of your foot and hand – top, bottom and sides – corresponds or connects to a particular organ, gland or area of the body. For example, the large toe, and all of the toes to some degree, correspond or reflex to the head. The arch of the foot reflexes or corresponds to the spine. The middle of the foot corresponds to the trunk and internal organs.

As you rub various areas of the feet or hands, sometimes you can feel bits of hard sand-like crystals. This is a kind of sediment that builds up in the channels. When it is removed by rubbing properly, the channel opens or empties and energy flows to the organ or gland that the channel is connected to. It is a very complex system, but simple to work with.

You can massage your own feet, or better yet, get your husband to do it for you (what a wonderful dream!). If you are sitting in front of the T.V. at night, why not treat yourself to a little massage; sounds like a plan to me!!!


This is used to help relax the body, for toning the body, or relieving pain. In a general reflexology session, you do not focus on any particular area of the foot or hand. Instead, just rub firmly both feet or both hands and move along the entire hand or foot. If a spot appears tense or is tender and painful, you can spend a little more time working on it. Often the tension or pain will diminish after a minute or two. However, continue on to complete the entire treatment of both feet or both hands. A general session usually lasts between 10 and 20 minutes per foot or hand. Begin with the left foot or the left hand, move to the right foot or hand. Begin on the top of each foot or back of the hand, rub from the ankle or wrist toward the toes or fingers. Then rub the bottom of the foot or palm of the hand moving from the tips of the toes or fingers toward the heel of the foot or wrist. Move in straight lines, not in circles. Rub quite firmly, enough to cause some pain, but not too much.


This consists of basically pushing on the feet with your fingers. It can feel very good, something like a deep massage. You can do this for 5 minutes on each foot, pushing fairly hard on the top of the foot, the bottom of the foot, the toes, the heel area, and the anklebone area on both sides.

Health food stores or online natural healing stores sell various kinds of foot rollers, hand rollers, and perhaps rubber, wooden or metal balls, blocks, and other devices to help with your reflexology treatments. Some people rub their feet with a tennis ball.

A foot roller can be wonderful to use when just sitting and watching television or using your computer. It is placed under your foot and you just roll your foot over it. Tools are also good for people whose hands and fingers may not be strong enough to do a thorough job.

Be nice to your feet and give them a wonderful massage tonight sounds like this could be one of the best ways to take care of yourself today. Give it a try; what do you have to lose?

Submitted by: Kathryn Hartwell

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