Reading a Foot Reflexology Map
According to reflexology, the foot is like a voodoo doll for the rest of the body (talk about your foot fetish). More specifically, the feet are divided into different zones that reflect every part of the rest of the body. This is why reflexology is also known as zone therapy. Why there isn’t a spot in the right foot that corresponds to the left -and vice versa- is anybody’s guess.
Some of the body parts the can be hacked into via the feet are the top of the head, brain, sinuses, the eyes and ears, the pineal gland, the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, the neck, throat, tonsils, thyroid, paratheyroids, thymus, esophagus, traches, bronchi, solar plexus, diaphragm, adrenal gland, kidneys, pancreas, waistline, transverse colon, ureters, small intestines, bladder, rectum, spine, sciatic nerve, lungs, heart, stomach, shoulders, arms, spleen, descending colon, hips, legs, sigmoid colon, lymph, gall bladder, liver, large intestine, appendix, mouth, low back, tailbone, knees, cervix, breasts, vagina, penis, testicles, etc. Reflexologists will advise you not to confuse their charts with Chinese foot charts, which are based on acupuncture meridians in a non-reiterative pattern. Furthermore, reflexology maps can vary depending on whether the foot is viewed from the top, the sides or the sole.
When you take everything into account, reflexology turns out to be pretty much a glorified foot massage. There is a long list of things to do and people to see before you resort to reflexology to address any given medical condition. First on that list is a licensed and certified health care professional, doctor, or physician, call it what you will. If what you want is to find relief for chronic or acute pain or rehabilitate a muscle, you can drop by Discount Medical Supplies and take a look at their TENS and EMS products, which are sold both separately or combined in a single device, such as the Caretec II TENS/EMS.
Now, if what you really want is precisely a foot massage, then go no farther than the Dr. Archy foot massager, or the Hygenic Corp. Theraband foot roller, also available at Discount Medical Supplies. If you still want to go ahead and experiment with reflexology, you can do so by all means. There is no law against it, and there is no law either that says you have to stick with it once you have tried it; after all, it’s not like it’s Scientology.