Foot reflexology is a source of absolute well-being and has the ability to act at a distance to overcome various ailments and disorders that can affect the organs.
Like hand reflexology, facial reflexology, energetic reflexology and atrial reflexology, plantar reflexology helps restore the body’s balance. This type of reflexology is a source of general well-being for the body, and is particularly popular with practitioners of alternative medicine.
Foot reflexology holds a gold mine of possibilities to heal the various body ailments. The pain felt in this part of the body most often reflects the tension experienced by certain organs. Thanks to the different reflex zones, the location of the affected areas becomes easy and the treatment will be more efficient.
What is foot reflexology?
Foot reflexology is a branch of reflexology. It is based on pressure applied to specific areas of the foot, including the arch of the foot. Thousands of years old in China, foot reflexology was also practiced in ancient Egypt, as evidenced by some photographic representations of papyrus.
Traditional Chinese medicine considers that the human organism is crossed by energetic currents, the order and balance of which are the basis of good health. These energetic flows travel the whole body through twelve meridians that connect the essential organs.
According to the Chinese, the foot is the area of the body in constant relation to the essence of the Earth. In contact with the universe, the energy from the Mother Earth passes through the body and then into the organs and is distributed among them for the proper functioning of the organic system.
Still practiced in the East, plantar reflexology has spread in Western countries thanks to the work of pioneering doctors named Dr. Adamus and Dr. Atatis. Dr. W. Fitzgerald is the one who is considered the father of this unconventional method in the United States.
Foot reflexology: conduct of a session
A foot reflexology session usually follows the same pattern:
- The patient can lie down or sit down.
- The practitioner then takes turns taking his feet for a general touch.
- The reflexologist will be able to spot the knotted points and inform him/her of any problems or malfunctions of the organs.
- The sensations that inform him/her about a particular problem can result in the presence of tense and resistant tissues that inform him/her of a nervous stiffness. For example, when it feels like crystals under pressure, it shows that an organism is malfunctioning.
- After this “reading” of the foot, the practitioner carries out the massage and the stimulation of the appropriate reflex points by applying pressure, more or less accentuated according to the desired effect. Relatively strong support will help loosen knots and tension, while relaxed support will help to reactivate the energy flow by unblocking it.
As for the results, their performance may vary according to the state of the subject and the length of time they have been treated. The longer they have been present for some time, the more sessions and time it will take to relieve them.
Nevertheless, a single session should be sufficient to eliminate stress fatigue and tension.
Foot reflexology: for which benefits
The foot reflexology plates show that the stimulation of the points of this part of the body exerts at the same time an action at the level of the organ to which they are attached. The benefits of plantar reflexology on the organism are multiple. It thus makes it possible to:
- Promote well-being and maintain good health.
Improve blood circulation.
- Reinforce the body’s failing parts.
- To restore order throughout the body, both physically and mentally, by eliminating excess energy.
- To relieve the various tensions, to put an end to blood circulation problems or sleep disorders.
- Evacuate stress.
- Prevent certain diseases and chase away pain.
- Harmonize vital functions.
- Eliminate toxins.
- To balance the functioning of the organism and to energize the body.
Foot reflexology: precautions to be taken
Foot reflexology is prohibited in the event of trauma or infectious foot lesions. Some precautions should also be taken in the event of heart problems or circulatory disorders. Pregnant women three months and under should not use foot reflexology.