The reflexes of the feet
When a person is given a reflexology treatment, it is important to work to a set of order. It is also important to know the exact position of the pressure points. Lightening a candle during the treatment will also be helpful. This candle can represent the Christ light, the Buddha light or the pure universal light. It is to represent and to remember that none of us are healers but our physical body, which we live, when sensitized and open can become a most beautiful instrument and channel through which the healing energy flows.
The reflexology treatment should not be carried out as a purely mechanical therapy.
During the time of treatment, the auras of the patient and the therapist come into contact.
Each of us is a triple being, comprising body, mind and spirit, and it is only when these three aspects are in harmony that we can become whole. Therefore, it is important that all the treatments should be working with these three levels of being.
A personís aura is like an open book and reveals, to those who are able to read it, everything that there is to know about that person.
We should allow healing energy to flow through us, into our hands and into the patient, when working on the feet of the patient. It is believed that the energy of the earth comes through our feet. The energy of the universe flows through our crown chakra and both of these energies meet in the heart centre where they are united in love. From the heart this energy flows through our arms and into our hands and fingers.
The following are the position of the reflexes on the feet
Above the shoulder Girdle Transverse Zone
: The head reflexes are found on all ten toes, but are duplicated on the big toe. The reflexes to the pituitary and pineal glands and the cerebellum are situated on the pad of the toe. The top and inner side of the toe are for the brain. For the skull, it is the toe on top of the second phalanges, and the neck reflex is just below this. The front of the toe represents the face with the reflexes to the mouth, nose and throat.
: The spinal reflex is situated along the arch of both the feet. Along the first phalanges of the big toe and extends to the end of the second phalanges is the cervical spine.
The thoracic spine covers the length of the first metatarsal bone. The lumber spine extends from the first cuneiform to half way along the navicular bone. The sacrum extends to halfway along the talus and the coccyx ends part way along the calcaneus.
It is important to work with the reflexes to the chakras, when working with the spinal reflex. If a person suffers from bad headaches, it is necessary to check the coccyx. These two reflexes are related and if the coccyx has been damaged through a fall, it could cause headaches.
: It is found on both feet on the pads of all four small toes. It is important to work from the base of each toe to the top, including the sides and front of the toe.
: The front of the big toes is for the 1st incisors.
The front of the second toes is for the 2nd incisors and canine teeth.
The front of the third toes is for the 4th and 5th premolars.
The front of the fourth toes is for the 6th and 7th molars.
The front of the fifth toes is for the 8th molars or wisdom teeth.
Arm and Shoulder Reflex
: Work from the elbow reflex, up the arm and into the shoulder. This is found in the fifth body zone. The arm extends along the fifth metatarsal bone into the shoulder reflex which covers the lower part of the third phalanges and extends around the side of the toe to the front.
: These are in zone 5, on top of the foot and underneath the shoulder reflex.
is found in zones 2 and 3 at the base of the second and third toes.
is found in zones 3 and 4 at the base of the fourth and fifth toes.
: This is situated between zones 3 and 4, between the third and fourth toes on both the tops and the soles of the feet.
Thyroid and Parathyroids
: This is found in zone 1, on the sole and top of the foot. The thyroid reflex covers the lower half of the second phalanges and the parathyroids are situated at the top and bottom of the inner aspect of this zone.
Between the Shoulder Girdle Transverse Zone and the Inferior Costal Margin Transverse Zone
: This reflex is found in zones 1 to 5 and lies between the shoulder girdle transverse zone and the diaphragm. It starts with the trachea which runs along the inner side of the cervical spine reflex, goes into the bronchus which lies underneath the thyroid reflex, opening out in the lungs.
: This lies under the diaphragm, in zones 2 and 3, halfway and the second and third metatarsals.
: The liver is the largest organ in the body and covers all five zones on the right foot. It lies under the diaphragm, covering the lower part of the metatarsals.
: This is found on the right foot between zones 3 and 4, near the bottom of the third and fourth metatarsals. It can also be found on the top of the foot in the same position.
Oesophagus and Stomach
: The oesophagus starts beneath the neck reflex in zone 1, running parallel to the spinal reflex until it joins the stomach reflex. This is found between the diaphragm and the inferior costal margin transverse zone. It covers zone 1 and part of 2 on the right foot and zones 1 to 3 on the left foot on the lower half of the metatarsal bones.
: This coincides with part of the stomach reflex. Situated on the lower half of the metatarsals, it lies in zones 1 and 2 on the right foot and zones 1 to 3 on the left foot.
: This is found beneath the stomach reflex, at the end of the metatarsals, covering zones 1 and 2 on the right foot and extending into zone 3 on the left foot. The inferior costal margin transverse zone runs through this reflex.
: This is situated on the left foot, just above the diaphragm in zones 2 and 3.
: This is situated on the left foot in zones 4 and 5, halfway down the metatarsals.
: These lie in zone 2 towards the end of the second metatarsal bones and on top of the kidney reflex.
Between the Inferior Costal Margin Transverse Zone and the pelvic Floor
Bladder, Ureter Tubes and Kidneys
: The bladder is found on the inner aspect of the feet in zone 1 and at the lower end of the sacral spine.
The ureter tube extends from the bladder, passing over the navicular and second cuneiform bone into zone 2 where it enters the kidney.
The kidney extends just above and below the inferior costal margin transverse zone in zone 2.
It is important to start working with the bladder, working up the ureter tube and into the kidney. Treating in this way clears the ureter tube, allowing any debris or small stones to pass from the kidneys into the bladder for elimination.
: This is found in zones 1 to 4, just below the inferior costal margin transverse zone and extending to the top of the calcaneus.
: This is situated in zone 5 at the top of the calcaneus.
: This reflex is found on the top and the soles of the feet between the fourth and fifth zone and between the calcaneus and navicular bones.
: The ascending colon on the right foot is in zone 5. It starts at the of the calcaneus, extending to just the inferior costal margin transzone The transverse colon is situated just under the inferior costal margin transverse zone covering all five zones the right and left feet. The descending colon is in zone 5 on the left foot, starting at the end of the fifth metatarsal and ending just below the calcaneus. The sigmoid flexure extends from zones 5 to 1, just above the calcaneus.
: This is found a third of the way down the hard pad of the foot and extends along either side of the foot and part way up the back of the leg (Achilles tendon).
Muscles of the Pelvic Region
: These cover the calcaneus on the outer aspect of both feet.
Ovaries and Testes
: These reflexes are situated on the outer aspect of both feet, two-thirds up and towards the back of the calcaneus.
: From the ovaries across the talus bone on top of both feet to the inner aspect of the feet and the uterus reflex.
Uterus and Prostate
: These reflexes are on the inner aspect of both feet, two- thirds up and towards the back of the calcaneus. Further reflex points for the uterus, prostate and rectum are found at the Achilles tendon at the back of the legs.
Lymphatics of the Groin and Thighs
: These reflexes are found on the inner and outer aspects of both feet, towards the back of the calcaneus. They go across the top of the feet, just above the reflexes to the fallopian tubes, and up the back of the Achilles tendon.
is in zone 5, on the outer aspect of both feet at the back of the calcaneus.
is in zone 5, on the outer aspect of both feet following on from the hip joint to the end of the calcaneus.
is situated next to the knee reflex on both feet, on the inferior costal margin transverse zone.
: This reflex is on the outer aspect of both feet around the base of the ankle joint.
Top of the Feet
: The breast reflex is situated in zones 2, 3 and 4 on both feet and lies in the centre of the metatarsals.
Area of the Ribs and Lungs
: The reflexes for the ribs and lungs are found between the transverse zones of the shoulder girdle and the inferior costal margin on both feet and cover zones 1 to 5.
Upper Lymphatics and Lymph Drainage
: The reflexes for the upper lymphatics and lymph drainage are situated between the five toes and should be worked with at the end of a treatment.