Identification of reflex zones on the soles of the feet that correlate to an organ, a gland, or a part of the body is the basis of the idea underlying foot reflexology.
An uncomfortable reflex zone indicates a malfunction of the related organ, gland, or bodily area. Thus, we can work on an associated organ by exerting pressure on a particular location of the soles of the feet.
The pressure balances the damaged area of the body by restoring flexibility and fluidity to the tight tissues. The treatment locations are frequently far from the organ that has to be treated, just like the meridians are.
In addition, a number of meridians pass through the feet and start or terminate at the toes. Therefore, this area is covered during an acupressure session.
The western approach to explain the process is as follows:
- All nerve areas begin at the feet.
- Manipulation of the feet instantly increases blood pressure in the rest of the body, which better supplies the organs with oxygen.
- The reflex action is a nervous message transmitted to the brain via the spinal cord.
Finally, the reflexologist also works on the numerous muscles of the feet.
Several forms of reflexology exist.
Chinese reflexology, which is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is the oldest. It involves massaging the feet with a cream or lotion. The acupuncture points and meridians are massaged, which stimulates them and helps to balance the body's essential energy.
Early in the 20th century, Western reflexology was established in the United States. The zones created at that time are comparable to those created by TCM.
Metamorphic reflexology, which was created more recently, is a very gentle type that relieves unconscious tensions (also known as psycho-emotional reflexology). The pioneer in reflexology is South Africa.
It was created at the end of the 1980s and is distinguished by a very light and delicate touch that typically induces sleep in the recipient. Stress, depression, and mood problems are among its main indications. It is quite helpful for prevention.
According to TCM, the soles of the feet have a complicated topography; for examples, see the plates. We can see that, in the truest form of Chinese medicine, foot reflexology is not a massage but rather a genuine energy activity.
Regarding acupressure in general, foot reflexology is not a panacea for every disorder. But over the course of several millennia, it has been discovered to be a remedy for a number of ailments, such as:
- Venous insufficiency.
- Hormonal imbalances.
- Chronic digestive disorders.
- Chronic urinary disorders (e.g. incontinence).
- Sleep disorders.
- Back pain.
Before choosing to receive foot reflexology, extremely old and very young patients should speak with their doctor. Unstable bodies may experience pain as a result of the treatment's increase in blood pressure. In my profession, I always consider the age of my clientele.
While some diseases improve after just one session of therapy, others need more time. Phlebitis instances and the first three months of pregnancy are contraindicated. To be taken with caution (and with your doctor's approval) in the event of significant pathology (such as cancer).