A reflexology chart is an important aid in holistic medicine. It is a guide and map for the entire body. There are over 72,000 nerves throughout the body, all congregating in the feet. By working and manipulating the feet, you can locate and release any energy blocks or imbalances occurring anywhere in the body. This process is called reflexology, or zone therapy.
A reflexology chart is a map of the foot indicating the specific locations of corresponding body parts as their nerves are represented in the foot. The left and right foot reflects the left and right side of the body. The heart, lungs, chest and upper back are located in the ball of the foot.
When there is any complaint in the body, there is thought to be some crystallization or calcification of acid deposits in that area of the foot. By breaking up these crystals with a deep tissue foot massage, the area of origin is able to release and repair itself. Pressure applied in a circular motion will relax the entire nervous system and break down these areas of concern.
One example on a reflexology chart are the sinuses, located on the inside of the toes. The spinal vertebrae are located along the inside of the arch. The neck is at the base, just outside the big toe. You can locate every part of the body on a reflexology chart. The bladder and reproductive organs are on the topside of the foot, running up the inside of the leg.
Whenever there is an imbalance in the body, there will be some pain, tenderness or numbness in the corresponding area of the foot. This, along with the crystals, is how a reflexology chart can instruct the practitioner in areas of weakness and blockages that need work. It also allows the patient to become aware of the area and have his or her attention on repairing the damage.
There are also reflexology charts for the hands and ears. The feet have been the major focus for zone therapy techniques but it has become evident that the hands and ears hold corresponding maps. There are times when it is more convenient to work on a person’s hand.
Though reflexology appeared in the Western world in the 19th century, it has been established in Asia for thousands of years. Reflexology is evidenced in Egypt as far back as 2330 BCE. It was considered a universal bridging technique to connect with the entire body and heal through this specific foot massage.
As a form of maintenance, before sleep, it is suggested by reflexologists that everyone wash their feet in cold water and massage the feet to calm and relax the nerves. You should use pure, cold pressed almond oil. By using the aid of your reflexology chart and making this massage part of your daily routine, you can keep the body free of potential disease and harmful conditions.