It’s quite easy to do your own reflexology massage by following the right charts, which show the location of reflex points on your feet. Through acupuncture and massage, applying pressure at these points can help heal ailments of the body. With some patience, you can learn to read a chart that will show you where the reflex points on your feet correspond to specific areas of your body’s anatomy.
So let’s get started.
Learning the Basics
Familiarize yourself with the basic foot reflexology chart. This outlines the major organs locations on the foot.
First off, understand the right foot is associated with the right part of the body and left foot is associated with the left side of the body. The stomach, for example, is primarily located on the left side of the body so massaging and applying pressure to the left foot can treat stomach ailments.
The toes and feet indicate your head and neck. Massaging your toes in foot reflexology means working your head and neck.
The insides of your feet correlate to your spine.
The area just underneath your toes corresponds to the chest.
The thinnest part of your foot, usually found towards its center, is known as the waist line. Parts of your foot correlated with the stomach are found above the waist line. Parts correlated with the intestines are found below.
The bottom of your foot is connected with your pelvic area.
Learn about a sole chart. The sole chart is fairly easy to learn. If you’re starting out with foot reflexology, keep your main focus on the sole chart. It provides slightly more details in regards to which parts of the foot are connected to which parts of the body.
When it comes to toes, the second and third toe after your big toe are connected to the eyes. If you have eye strain, applying pressure in that area can help. Your remaining toes are connected to your teeth, your sinuses, and the top of your head.
Pressure points do differ on the left foot and right foot. However, there are some similarities. Your ears are affected by the areas just below your toes on both feet. The area just before your waist line and slightly to the left is correlated with the lungs on both feet. Your heels on both feet are connected to your legs. The area just below the waist line is connected to your small intestine on both feet. On both feet, the lungs are found about an inch below all your toes except the big toe.
On the right foot, your liver is connected to the area just above the waist line and slightly to the left. If you move even further left, you’ll hit your right kidney.
On your left foot, the area just above the waist line is your stomach. If you move down slightly, you’ll hit your left kidney. Your spleen is found just to the right of the stomach area. Your heart is about two inches below the middle of your toes.
Read about a toe chart. If you want to get slightly more details in regards to a reflexology massage, you can use a toe chart. Toes contain what are referred to as meridian points, which are small pressure points correlated to certain body parts. There are five meridian points on each foot.
There are two meridian points on either side of the big toe. The meridian point outer part of the big toe corresponds to the spleen. The one on the inner point corresponds to the liver.
On the toe next to the big toe, there is a meridian point on the left side. This corresponds to the middle of your stomach.
On the toe next to your pinky toe, there is a meridian point on the left side that connects to the gallbladder.
On your pinky toe, there is a meridian point on the left side. This corresponds to your bladder.
Reading Outside and Inside Charts
Read about an outside chart. An outside chart displays what areas of the body correspond to the side of your foot pointing away for the body. It also covers the top of your foot. For a more detailed reflexology massage, you can consult this chart.
The very top of your foot corresponds to your lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is the part of your immune system that helps filter out toxins and other wastes.
The area just above your toes is connected to the chest. The side of your foot above your heel is connected to the hips and knees.
The side of your foot just below your waist line connects to the elbow. If you move down slightly further, to the side of your foot just above your pinky toe, you’ll hit your shoulder.
Learn about an inside chart. An inside chart addresses addresses the side of the foot facing inward towards your other foot. It can also be helpful to know for more detailed foot reflexology massages.
The bottom of your foot from the tip of your big toe to your heel represents your spine. The insides of your feet are the same basic shape as your spine, with the same curves and bends.
Just under the waist line there should be a puffy, oval-like mound on the side of your foot. This is connected to your bladder.
Applying Your Knowledge with a Foot Reflexology Massage
- Start by massaging the bottom of your big toe, Then, slowly move to the tip of your toe. Then, repeat the process with your remaining toes.
- Slide your index fingers and thumbs between the webbing of your toes, massaging this area first.
Massage the tops and bottoms of your feet. Move on to the tops and sides of your feet. This is where your knowledge of foot reflexology is most useful.
- If you have abdominal problems, focus on the arch of your foot as well as the area above the waist line. Remember, the stomach is primarily located on the left foot.
- If you have issues with your liver and gull bladder, focus mostly on the right foot.
- If you’re having issues with the kidney, focus on your ankles and heel.
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