The Left Foot
You have steadily been working on the right foot, with the exception of the warm-up routine and the examination of the spleen reflex. Now it is time to deal with the left foot as you approach the left side of the body. Energetically, the left side of the body represents the sunny side of the slope.
The concept of yin and yang can be equated with the concept of homeostasis. One deals with energetic balance and the other deals with physical balance. The combination of the two will create the perfect setting for spiritual balance. A smooth flow of chi along the energy channels in the body creates good health. To achieve this flow, we must operate in harmony.
Much of the flow of movement in the body is from right to left. The digestive system moves the waste out from right to left, and the left foot holds the outward flow reflexes of this system. The lungs oxygenate the blood as it flows from the right side into the left.
The left side of the brain deals in logical and rational thinking, such as when you play chess or express your thoughts. This side is the predominant side for scientific excellence as well as mathematical genius. The study of languages may come from this side of the brain.
Placement of Organs
The left side of the body holds the larger portion of the heart. This side also has a greater piece of the stomach. The pancreas in some people has a bit more on the left side. One half of the transverse colon is on the left side of the body. The descending colon and the sigmoid colon are found on the left side as well. The rectum is in the center of the body; however, the reflex is generally located on the left foot, in line with the sigmoid colon.
The Gastrointestinal Tract
The gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) has been discussed briefly during the discussion of the digestive system. This section of the reflexology session deals with the lower part of the gastrointestinal tract. Working this area will continue to support the work of this piece of the digestive system. The GI tract is that passageway from the mouth to the anus. Daily volumes of fluid and solids are ingested, secreted, absorbed, and excreted through the GI tract.
Eating well assists in keeping this tract functioning well. Eating fiber, either as bulk or roughage, will keep the passageway clear. The fiber is indigestible and comes from plant substances found in vegetables, fruits, grains, and legumes. Insoluble fibers come through the tract relatively unchanged, pushing other material through the tract rather quickly.
Insoluble fiber doesn't dissolve in water. It comes from the skins of fruits and vegetables as well as the bran coverings on grains. Soluble fibers obviously dissolve in water, forming a gel-like substance. The soluble fibers are connected with grains, broccoli, citrus fruits, and prunes. The gel of this fiber slows down the material moving through the tract.
Structures in the Left Foot
The left foot mirrors the right foot, with the same structures in the same places. You have five toes on the left foot. Each of the four small toes has a front, middle, and end bone, in the phalange aspect. The great toe has two phalanges, the front and the end bone. You have five metatarsal bones, each with a bony head at the beginning and a large base at the end. The first metatarsal head has two sesamoid bones embedded in the tendons.
The left foot also has three cuneiform bones behind the first three metatarsals and a cuboid bone behind the last two. There is a navicular and a talus as well as a calcaneus. All the bones are the same, as are the entire accessory structures connected with the feet.