Liver and Gallbladder Reflexes
The liver and gallbladder reflexes are easy to find. Place the three fingers back across the areas you have just worked. The area of the foot still showing is the liver reflex. Yes, it is that big; don't forget that the liver is the largest gland in the body. Notice how the area is shaped a bit like a slanted triangle, with the point tucked under the breast reflex. The reflex stretches over behind the stomach reflex and down to just below the guideline for the waist, along the outside edge of the foot.
Don't take those fingers away yet. Using the middle finger as a guideline, place your left thumb one joint in from the outside edge, in line with that finger. Press in slightly, feeling the depression; this is the gallbladder reflex!
Use the reflexology foot reflex chart as a reference, a backup to confirm the reflex position. It is a good idea to keep the chart out and visible while you are learning the routine. Practice is the only way to become a good reflexologist. Practice the technique and practice learning the reflex points. You can do it!
Walk the Reflex
Support the foot with the right hand. Use the left thumb to walk over the entire liver reflex. This is done by thumb walking each section, bringing the thumb back to the outside edge of the foot, then moving along the next section. Walk the reflex completely, from the edge in.
Now bring the thumb to the corner of the waistline guide, along the outside edge. Turn the thumb toward the diaphragm line and walk up the reflex. Keep bringing the thumb back to the waist guideline, and, each time, move in a bit toward the center before walking up again. These two moves look like you have just created a grid of lines, sideways and up, crossing over one another.
Move your thumb back to the gallbladder reflex. Let your thumb drop right into this recess and rotate on the point. As you feel the thumb moving in deeper, hook into the reflex. Hook here by pressing in and pulling the thumb back toward the edge of the foot, while still in the reflex. Hold on this point, waiting to feel the gentle give of the reflex, then release.
What do I do if the receiver has pain?
Always stop reflexing a painful area. Suggest that you will work lighter in that region. If the recipient agrees, try again. If the area is still too painful, move on. You can come back later.
This area is often a tender spot for people. The tenderness could be the entire liver reflex or the gallbladder reflex or both. Be aware and remind the receiver to tell you if the pressure is too hard or the reflex is too painful.
The reason for the pain may be any number of causes. It is not your job to identify why the area is painful. Rather, it is your job to continue to work within the comfort level of the receiver. If the question does arise, simply state that you do not know why it is painful and move on.