A reflexology foot map is used by a reflexologist to locate the source of a complaint or illness. The art of reflexology is based on the principle that every part of the body is connected to the feet by nerve and energy channels. By applying pressure and massaging the foot, you can bring relief and encourage healing to the corresponding body part.
Reflexology Foot Map ©V.Peer/2012
Foot reflexology has been used for centuries, but it became more popular in the 19th century with the development of foot reflexology maps that are widely used today.
A professional reflexology treatment is very relaxing and can benefit the entire body. A typical treatment starts off with a discussion of the client's general health and medical history and the goals of the treatment. The reflexologist may start with a massage to promote relaxation and then continue with various pressure techniques on every part of the foot. A session usually lasts for about an hour.
Reflexology is completely safe and can also be performed in the privacy of your own home.The basics are easy to learn and it can be used to alleviate various aches and pains including headaches, stomach aches, muscle cramps, constipation, as well as reducing stress and anxiety. It doesn't cure, it merely helps the body's self healing ability function more efficiently.
Under no circumstances, should reflexology be used to diagnose a health problem.
If it's a pain or injury that just happened, locate the source of the problem on your foot reflexology chart and gently massage the area using circular motions and gently pressing on the area. If it is very painful, be even more gentle or go to the corresponding area on your other foot. As the pain begins to subside, increase pressure on and around the area, but discontinue if it causes serious discomfort.
The pain of a new injury should improve in 5 to 20 minutes. If it's a preixisting problem, it will take more time and need repeated treatments. If the pain does not improve or worsens, see your physician.
Reflexology is known as a safe aid to healing. But, because it is a tool in helping the body heal itself, symptoms may worsen before they improve as the body responds to the therapy. So in rare cases, a person may experience negative effects that should subside in a day or 2.
Those suffering from serious illness should definitely check with their doctor before receiving or giving themselves a reflexology treatment. If you have any type of foot or ankle injury, refrain from foot reflexology. Pregnant women in their first trimester should also avoid reflexology.
For detailed information and instructions, there are some excellent reflexology guides available online and in bookstores. They all include various reflexology charts to help you locate reflex zones on your feet and hands.