Foot reflexology points are an essential part of foot reflexology massage. Foot reflexology is one of the oldest natural self-healing methods in our history.
In ancient China and Egypt, this form of acupressure has been documented in ancient medical texts since 4000 BC. The traditions about the foot reflexology points and application are, for example, described in the yellow book of the emperor of China.
Foot reflexology points – holistic well-being
The foot reflexology points on the feet’ soles and top of the foot are indirectly connected to organs and areas throughout the body. Stimulation of these fixed foot reflexology points can relieve pain, stimulate blood circulation and balance your body system. For example, your metabolism can regulate itself, and natural self-healing powers can be stimulated. It is a similar concept to the different chakras in your body.
Where are the reflexology points, and how do they work?
The reflexology points on the feet’ soles have a strong and fast effect on the body system.
Since several thousands of nerve endings converge on our feet’ soles, this area provides ideal conditions for the foot reflexology points’ effective stimulation. These foot reflexology points are anchored precisely on the nerve endings. By stimulating the foot reflexology points, information is transmitted through the nerve endings and the nervous system. Therefore, it is possible that dysfunctions or even nerve discomfort can regulate themselves through the foot reflexology points’ stimulation.
There are also reflexology points on the hands and ears. Acupressure and especially acupuncture make use of these reflex points.
Foot reflexology points – an ancient healing method scientifically examined
Although foot reflexology is one of the oldest known healing methods, it was not used in Western countries until 1500 AD. Later in the 20th century, reflexology was more widely used.
William Fitzgerald in the USA and Hanne Marquardt in Germany are two of the most famous pioneers of reflexology in their countries. Despite the long history of foot reflexology, the list of potential reflexology benefits is not well researched or scientifically documented. Like acupuncture, reflexology is not based on purely scientific facts but a detailed mapping of the body’s energies and thousands of years of trials and applications.
Although reflexology is still a somewhat controversial method, considered an “alternative treatment.” The reported benefits ranging from stress relief and relaxation to improved blood circulation, much as you may know from meditation and Yoga practise.
The possible benefits of reflexology are:
- Strengthening of the immune system
- Improved energy
- Stress and anxiety relief
- Pain relief even in chronic pain
- Stimulation and regulation of the circulatory system and metabolism
- Blood pressure regulating
- Relief from tensions
- Stimulation of the internal organs
- Release of blockages physically, as well as emotionally
- Self-healing and self-regulation of the body and body functions
Reflexology follows the meridians. Meridians are energy lines or channels that map the entire body. Each organ and location in the body has a parallel point on the feet. According to reflexology, there are over two thousand different points throughout the body.
Division of foot reflexology points and foot reflexology board
When it comes to our feet, these points are accessible through the soles of the feet as well as the tops. In simple terms, there are four main areas of the soles of the feet that affect organs related to
- Head and neck
- chest and
- pelvic area.
The left foot corresponds to the left side of the body and the right foot to the right side of the body. The following foot reflexology chart shows you exactly where the different foot reflexology points are located on the feet’ soles.
The entire body is reflected on both feet. The line that runs along the edge of the inner foot corresponds to the spine. For example, the tips of the toes correspond to the sinuses. The kidney and bladder area is located in the middle of the foot and along the inner arch.
Most of the organs we have duplicated in our body are also contained on both feet. The large intestine runs down the middle of both feet. The shoulder and neck area are two of the most commonly affected areas that cause problems. By stimulating the foot reflexology points, blood circulation is improved. Self-healing can be promoted, and the discomfort can be relieved.
The basic grip and pressure techniques of modern foot reflex zone therapy were formed in the middle of the 20th century by the American masseuse Eunice Ingham.
The pressure comes from the fingertips, especially those of the thumb and index finger. This way, the therapist puts impulses into the reflex zones, and the force should come from the arms.