Benefits of Reflexology

Reflexology is a wonderful therapy that has been used for many centuries to tune the body. It is beneficial to prevent the onset of disease. A good therapist should be able to warn the customer of forthcoming weaknesses and advise to prevent them.

A Reflexology massage...

  • Gives a sense of well-being
  • Relaxes mind, body & spirit
  • Encourages elimination of toxins
  • Balances and stimulates the circulatory and lymphatic systems
  • Assists the body to balance itself
  • Promotes natural healing
  • Promotes a calmer outlook on life
  • Improves energy levels as a result of the above benefits.

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Reflexology Foot Chart

Reflexology Chart
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Visual Observation of the Feet

2nd toe bigger 

Psychic abilities, allergies, big appetite 

Big toe separated 

Rift in your life, broken relationship 

Blue

Chronic problem or low blood pressure 

Bone structure

If uneven, disturbance for the corresponding organs 

Cold (blue) feet 

Bad circulation 

Corn/hard skin 

Often associated with chest problems

Dry skin 

Poor circulation, Thyroid problem 

Flat feet 

Spine problems 

Flat transverse arch (below toes) 

Respiratory out of balance, shoulder girdle or spinal problems 

Floppy 

Wishy washy 

Hallus Valgus bunion 

Thyroid or spine problem 

Hammer toes 

Head, teeth problems 

Hard Skin on heels

Problem with mother or children or nurturing aspect of life or lower digestive  problem 

Hardness on toes

Problem with authority 

Infected toenails

Head-related problems 

Ingrowing toe nail

Head problem, headaches, emotional outbursts 

Inward pointing

Introvert

Large feet 

Robust

Limp & colorless 

Sick

Long slender feet

Sensitive, artistic

Outwards

Extrovert

Prune like appearance on big toe

Headache

Purple feet 

Blockage in energy (Low blood pressure) 

Red

Recent problem, High blood pressure 

Rigid feet 

Tension, inflexibility, blockages, rigidity 

Small feet 

Small people - does not always apply 

Smell Acetone 

Urinary system out of balance 

Smell Cheese 

Large quantity of waste matter 

Stubby

Compact, self-contained 

Sunken cuneiform

Intestinal problems 

Sweaty

Too much toxins 

Swollen

Water retention, Sluggish circulation. Disorder of the kidneys, heart, circulation or lymphatic. Holding on to emotions 

Warm feet (red)

Excess energy or toxins 

Yellow

Bile, liver, Gallbladder 

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Do's and Don'ts of Reflexology

To fully benefit from a Reflexology treatment, the following should be observed:

  • Your treatment should be warm and quiet
  • Adequate space for the therapist
  • A wide couch or armchair with stool should be used
  • A towel to cover patient feet and a paper towel to rest the feet on
  • Remove your own jewelry so you don't scratch the client
  • Conversation should be kept to a minimum
  • Nails should be kept short
  • Therapist should be calm and relaxed
  • Therapist should be genuine, caring, warm empathic
  • Patient should be allowed to rest for a few minutes after the treatment
  • Wet wipes should be used to clean the feet at the beginning
  • Case history must be taken at the beginning to check if there are any contra indications
  • Notes of reactions during and in-between treatments should be kept for the duration of the reflexology treatments
  • Punctuality is important
  • Cleanliness is vital
  • Customer should be aware of the price before treatment
  • Follow doctor's instruction if any (rare)
  • Do not treat when in doubt
  • Refer to other practitioner if needed
  • Use cream instead of talc for the massage as talc blocks the skin

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Reflexology & Acupressure Meridians

Meridian Definition

Meridian Lines on the Body

Meridian lines on the body are used in acupuncture, acupressure and shiatsu (a form of acupressure massage).

They are energy lines covering the body from head to toes.

Meridians were talked about as long ago as 2500 BC in a book commonly known as the Nei Ching (The Yellow Emperor’s classic of Internal Medicine).

This book is said to have been written by Huang Ti, the yellow emperor who lived between 2696 BC and 2598 BC.

Altogether, there are 14 paired meridians and over 660 Acu pressure points in the body.

They are as follows:

  • Heart - Small intestines 
  • Lungs - Large Intestines 
  • Liver - Gall Bladder  
  • Kidneys - Bladder 
  • Spleen/Pancreas - Stomach 
  • Heart Governor - Triple Heater 
  • Conception vessel - Governing vessel 

The first meridian in each box is the Yang meridian, and the second is the Yin meridian.

i.e. Heart is Yang, Small Intestines are Yin. Lungs are Yang, Large Intestines are Yin etc..

When stimulating a meridian point (tsubo), the therapist sends a message to the body to free blocked energies.

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Reflexology, Meridians and Toenail Troubles

With all toenail troubles, it is imperative that meridians are taken into account. Take, for example, in growing toenails. This problem is often found in young people and situated on the big toe (spleen/pancreas meridian).

These people usually have a diet high in sugar, junk food, alcohol, cigarettes and many of their problems can be related to sugar metabolism or pancreatic disorders. They could suffer from severe migraines or headaches. Remember that the big toe is the head reflex.

Over the years, I have seen many cases of clients suffering from headaches who also had ingrown toenails.

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Reflexology, Meridians and Plantar Digital Neuritis

Neuritis is the inflammation of a nerve, with pain, tenderness and loss of function. This particular form of neuritis affects the toes, most often the fourth toe.

The pain usually begins at the web between the third and fourth toes and shoots up into the fourth toe. The sensations experienced in the toe may vary from slight numbness to intense pain, depending on how severely the nerve is affected.

The discomfort can be alleviated by massaging the toe.

The gall bladder meridian is found on the fourth toe, where this problem is most common. Plantar digital neuritis is found in many women, and I have witnessed numerous cases where women have this problem around pre-menstrual time when they often crave chocolates, caffeine and other stimulants.

The condition can therefore be related to overloading of the gall bladder meridian. This can also be associated with hip trouble and can possibly be seen as a puffy area in line with the fourth toe close to the ankle.

The gall bladder meridian runs through the hip region, and swelling here may indicate congestion along the gall bladder meridian.

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Reflexology, Meridians & Athletes Foot

Athlete's foot is a fungal infection which usually manifests on the skin between the toes. This is the most common site of infection as the moist, warm conditions stimulate the fungus to multiply.

The fungus thrives on keratin a protein found in the outer layers of the skin. A major symptom of this condition is itching. If this is accompanied by loose scaly skin surrounding patches of pink, exposed skin, it is a definite sign of infection.

Occasionally, a fissure a split in the skin may occur at the base of the toes. If this is deep, there could be a problem with bleeding. It could also be infected with bacteria and become inflamed if not taken care of.

According to medical belief, athlete's foot is very easily transmitted to others, particularly where there is communal bathing.

Again, it is important to take note of exactly where on the foot the problem is.

Athlete's foot will most often manifest in between the fourth and fifth toes where the bladder meridian is, and can therefore be related to the bladder.

If between the third and fourth toe, it would be related to the gall bladder meridian.

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Combined Observation of Reflexology & Meridians

Lungs on the FeetLung Reflex

Hard Skin Over The Lungs Reflexology Points

Hard skin over the lung reflex is also a common problem. This can indicate a weak chest.

The stomach meridian runs through the lung area (see diagram). Pain along these points could indicate stomach problems as well.

The gall bladder meridian also touches the lung area from the side.

As you can see, it is important to take careful note of where corns and callouses form and also refer them to the meridians in order to understand the root cause of the problem.

Part of Stomach MeridianStomach Meridian
Part of Gall-Bladder MeridianGallbladder Meridian
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Drugs & Reflexology

The following drugs can create sensitivities in the reflexes to the organs on the feet.

Aspirin

Commonly used to kill pain. May create stomach inflammation and sometimes stomach ulceration.

Anti-histamine

Used for allergic reactive illnesses. i.e. skin rashes, hay fever, troublesome irritant coughs and eczema. Antihistamines create an inflammation in the kidney reflex area of the foot.

Antibiotics

Used to control infections in the body. They destroy the flora content in the intestines which upsets the balance of the body and can either cause constipation or diarrhea. The liver is always affected when these drugs are used.

Anti-depressant drugs and sleeping pills

These types of medication cause great sensitivity in the brain area of the foot.

Steroids

Frequently used to break down inflammation. Used for arthritis, heart conditions, cancer, severe allergic reactive illnesses such as asthma, which is uncontrollable. 

Taking steroids can create an insensitivity in the foot; therefore, you are likely  to find no reaction at all, but it is worthwhile giving treatment as it still has an effect upon the body. Steroids lower a person's vitality. 

Amphetamines

These drugs are used in an attempt to reduce appetite for weight control. They are extremely addictive and stimulate all functioning of the body to work overtime, thereby creating a drastic effect on the central nervous system.

The brain and adrenal glands are usually very sensitive in people taking this drug.

Beta-blockers

Used in the control of heart conditions and hypertension.

They dull down the sensitivity of the body and thus work as a depressant to the adrenal gland and heart. Therefore, the heart beat becomes lower.

They have an effect on the liver.

Antacids

Medications for digestive disturbances such as Rennies or any of those peppermint chalks based medications.

The chalk content in this medication has an effect upon the kidneys, and if taken in large quantities over a long period of time, can cause kidney stones.

Painkillers

All painkilling drugs do have a disastrous effect on the intestines, and normally cause chronic constipation.

Anti-inflammatory drugs

Used in the control of arthritis, rheumatism, gout and inflammatory conditions of the spine.

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Possible Reactions During Treatment

Numerous reactions can manifest during a Reflexology treatment:

  • Relaxed
  • Yawning
  • Sleepiness
  • Laughter
  • Giggling
  • Thirst 
  • Discomfort 
  • Sweating
  • Whimpering
  • Contractions 
  • Tingling
  • Moving of the body 
  • Gestures of pain 
  • Taste in the mouth 
  • Feeling hot 
  • Need to pass water
  • Talking a lot
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Extreme Reactions - Not Common

  • Shivering or chattering of teeth 
  • Blood supply to the periphery lowered
  • Feeling cold 
  • Feeling faint
  • Nausea

An extreme reaction indicates that the benefit of the Reflexology treatment has been exceeded, and the body cannot cope.

Find a balance, do not over massage.

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Client Reaction - What To Do

REMEMBER: A Reflexologist who is not a medical professional cannot claim diagnosis, but the beauty of Reflexology is that it works without diagnosis.

Take care not to alarm client. Explain in a calm voice that the reaction is nothing to worry about. It just indicates that the treatment has shifted some toxins, and the body is trying to cope with these.

It is common to feel several tender reflexes. Pain in reflexes does not necessarily correlate to how the patient feels now.

Tiredness can make areas more sensitive - e.g. backache after a long car journey.

Recent over-exertion - e.g. heart reflex tender after sport; brain points sensitive after hours of studying; liver after a fatty or boozy meal; eye reflexes after VDU work or TV viewing.

Latent disease when symptoms are not yet apparent.  Thus Reflexology may warn of problems brewing as reflexes can be painful days or weeks before symptoms develop - e.g. tender throat reflex days before sore throat appears, tender bladder before urine infection manifests in the physical body.

Past or suppressed condition - tenderness can linger in reflexes for a while after illness or injury - e.g. scar tissue from surgery.
Use a gentle traction of the legs whilst holding the ankles and stimulate the Solar Plexus point on the feet. This will stimulate the breathing and the endocrine glands.

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Other Reasons For Tender Reflexology Reflexes

  • Acute disease - e.g.: gastritis
  • Chronic disease - e.g.: arthritis
  • Hyper-activity of an organ - e.g.: hyperthyroidism
  • Hypo-activity of an organ - e.g.: hormonal deficiencies
  • Palsy - e.g.: prolapsed uterus, floating kidney 
  • Accidents - fractures, sprains, bruises, injuries
  • Poor diet - weakens body
  • Repeated use of propriety medicines /immunizations - weaken immune system

Inherited disposition to disease - inherited weaknesses: genetic tendencies to skeletal weakness, allergies.  You may note a correlation between parents and their children.

Reflexology can help a child's body to overcome inherited weakness, inherited disposition already evident in energy body in childhood.

Tenderness in reflexes can occur in less than a second.  e.g.: accidents, heart attack, strokes   - or build up over many months - e.g. chronic illness.

I feel that tender reflexes reflect disturbances in the energy body. Too much or too little, which in turn affects the state of the physical body.

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Possible Reactions in Between Treatments 

  • Old wounds or illness flare up 
  • Urination (Increased, smelly, or cloudy)
  •  Increased bowel movement
  • Emotional unease may be expressed
  • Mucous content of stool may increase
  • More energy
  • Brief  Fever
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Puffiness
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Mucous
  • Perspiration
  • Flatulence
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Aches and pains 
  • Better sleep 
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The End of the Treatment

Talk to your customer. Ask for feedback:

  • How do they feel
  • If applicable, ask if there is any improvement in the condition they came to see you for
  • Offer them a glass of water; it will help their body flush the toxins that have been dislodged by the massage

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