A Logical Sequence
Reflexology is a whole-body concept. This means that when you work on a person's feet, you work all of the reflex points, not just the area representing a problem. You will begin at the top and move down the entire body, as it is found on the feet.
Once you have created a healing space, set your intention, and relaxed the feet, you are ready to begin. You will first work completely through the entire sequence on the right foot, and then work through the sequence on the left foot. Save the cool-down section of both feet until the end.
Begin with the toes since they represent the head and neck. Working with the head reflex as the beginning focus also allows you to continuously recognize the mirror image of the body represented on the feet. Memorizing the foot map becomes easier if there is a logical sequence to perform. Even though the feet carry around the body, the operating signals come all the way from the head.
As you work your way down, you'll next come to the base of the toes, which are secondary support reflexes. Then move into the balls of the feet, which also include the long bones of the foot. As you work the sole area, you'll also work the top of the foot. From here you'll go to the arch, covering the upper and lower sections and the top and bottom of the foot. The heel area is next and then finally the inner and outer sides and ankle areas.
Why don't we work from the bottom of the feet up to the top of the feet?
The mainframe of the body is run by the brain, which is found in the head. So we work the brain first and then follow along in a basic pattern that seems to mimic the order of the body