Reflexology - FAQ

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How is the body vertically divided into ten sections?

Visualize a man standing with his feet together. Draw an imaginary line from the centre between his two feet upwards through the centre of his body, ending at the top of his head; thus dividing the body into two halves, the left and the right. The left foot will relate to the left side of the body while the right foot will relate to the right side of the body. Moving outwards from the imaginary centre line, draw imaginary lines upwards from the second and third toes on the left foot running up the body towards the head, they will pass through the left eye, while the third and small toe will line up with the inner and outer ear, respectively. Do the same imaginary dissection with the right foot. You have now dissected the body into ten sections, each section running from a particular toe towards the top of the head. Any malfunctioning part of the body can now be traced down the body along the foot towards a particular toe. The corresponding reflex button will be found on the foot somewhere along this particular line.
  • the toes reflect the head
  • the heart and chest are around the ball of the foot
  • the liver, pancreas and kidney are in the arch of the foot
  • the spine is accessible on the inside, side of the feet.
  • the endocrine system, that includes the four main glands, the pituitary gland, the thyroid, the adrenals and the sex organs, is located on specific points on the feet.
Based on this it contends that reflexology facilitates a core of natural healing, and complements other therapies. In addition, it can produce one of the most sublime relaxation experiences while it rejuvenates and revitalizes all aspects of our body and being.

Reflexology foot massage helps the body to produce serotonin, the hormone and neurotransmitter responsible for keeping our brains and nervous systems working.

Change in levels of serotonin can significantly affect one's mood, which is why some medical treatments for depression focus on adjusting these levels.

Why is a massaging technique necessary?

The reflex buttons are not in the skin but underneath the skin; therefore firm pressure is needed. The massaging technique used in reflexology is based on the fact that firm pressure is required.

Should I be taking better care of my feet?

If one can imagine that the average person walks about 1 000 000 km in a lifetime, one realizes the importance of looking after one's feet. Therefore, footwear should always be comfortable and contain arch supports (Orthotics).The best exercise for feet, is to walk barefoot over uneven terrain. Rub the feet daily using a hard brush to stimulate the circulation. Remove, or have removed, hard skin, calluses, and corns, as these will interfere with the workings of the reflex switches.

What ailments can reflexology effectively treat?

Sciatica, asthma, all forms of pain, PMS, headaches, backaches, digestive problems, stress relief, joint problems, muscle problems, glandular disorders, nervous system disorders - every part of the body has a corresponding reflex button, therefore every ailing part of the body can be addressed through reflexology. After any trauma to the neck, or back, it is often preferable to stimulate the healing through the Reflex Areas on the feet, rather than the body itself, which may be too radicle.

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