Reflex Points of the Great Toe
The great toes house the reflex areas for the eyes, nose, ears, inner ear, and sinuses. The mouth, throat, tongue, and teeth are reflected on the great toes. Also, the reflexes for the endocrine glands of the hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal, thyroid and parathyroid, as well as for the cerebrum, cerebellum, and the brain stem are all represented here.
As you can see, the great toes hold many reflexes, making them very important to reflexology. As you thumb walk, finger walk, and hook into the reflex points for the sensory organs on the great toes, you are helping to maintain a state of balance within the body.
Reflexes represent the mirrored images of the whole body linked together through zone therapy. You should not treat for a specific condition or single body part or system. Instead, work all the reflexes all the time.
The Eyes and Ears
The main reflexes for the eyes are found on both the great toes. The right eye is on the right toe and the left eye is on the left toe. The eyes function like a camera, responding to light, acting like a shutter lens. Nerve cells receive signals from light, sending messages to the brain where the transformation of these signals into visual data occurs. Reflexology assists in the homeostasis of this operation.
The ear reflexes are also on the great toes, with supporting reflexes found elsewhere. These tiny, complex organs are very simple in design yet powerful in their functions. The ears have a broad range of responsiveness, reacting to sounds as powerful as a rocket or as subtle as an ocean breeze. The sounds can be near or far, yet the ears register the vibrations. Barometric pressure can affect their function pertaining to balance and the ability to assess space.
The feet are small in comparison to the body. There are many organs, glands, and other body parts represented by the reflexes that are mirror images found on the feet. Often one reflex point may overlap another, which is why you take small, tiny bites as you thumb and finger walk your way around the feet.
Within the ear, two other parts exist. The middle ear has three bones known as the hammer, anvil, and stirrup. These bones, named because of their shape, actually pulse with sound waves and connect with the inner ear. The inner ear has two integral functions: to send signals to the hearing center of the brain and to send signals to maintain equilibrium.
As you reflex the points that affect the ears' function, you assist in maintaining the receiver's ability to hear clearly and to stay balanced, literally. If the receiver is suffering from blocked ears or other such symptoms, reflexology may help clear some of the congestion.
The reflex points for the nose are reflected along the inside edge of the joints on both great toes. These bony protuberances are the guideline to find the nose reflex. As you look at both feet, placing them together, the great toes will line up and this joint will be obvious. When you thumb walk up the inside ridge of the great toe, you are moving directly into the nose reflex. As you walk up the toe from the base, you encounter a joint in the center of the big toe. Just above this joint is the nose reflex.
The nose is the transmitter of olfactory senses heading toward the brain. The brain can identify approximately 20,000 different scents. You are able to breathe clean air because of the filters found in the nose and nasal canal. The incredible structure of the nose allows you to filter air, transport and remove dust particles, and enjoy the beauty of scent.
The sinuses are found on all the toes, as the four other toes support the great toe. These reflexes are on the tops of the toes, along with the brain reflex. When you thumb walk up to the top of the toe, as well as walk over the toe, you are working the sinus reflex. This is a reflex where you also hold and rotate, thoroughly dealing with the reflection of the sinuses.
When we refer to the inner edge of the toes or feet, it means those reflexes that are toward the inside edge of both feet. This is reflecting the midline of the body. The outer edges of the feet or toes address the reflexes nearer the outer side of the body.
Reflexology can prevent blockage. With regular reflexology sessions, you can keep the mucous membranes in the sinus healthy. Once there are issues of impaired sinus function, reflexology can assist in relieving congestion.
The Mouth and Throat
The mouth and throat are mirrored on the great toe, with support on the other toes. The reflexes for the mouth and throat are found along the lower inner edge of the big toe, as well as the edge at the bottom of the toe pad and the toe base.
When you thumb walk around the entire base of the toe, you are affecting the neck, half on the right and half on the left. As you thumb walk up the inner edge, just below the toe joint, you find the reflex for the mouth, teeth, and tongue. Thumb walk in and hold here for a count of three and move on up. Whenever you thumb walk along this toe edge or thumb walk the zones of the great toe, you are affecting these reflexes.
The cerebrum, the brain stem, and the cerebellum are all reflected on the great toe. The cerebrum is the frontal part of the brain with the reflexes located on the entire top of the great toe as well as the other toes. You will thumb walk over this point, thumb walk up to this point, and rotate, push, and hold on this reflex point.
If you look down at your feet while you are sitting, you are looking at the top surface of the feet. This is called the dorsal surface. The soles of the feet are known as the plantar surface.
The brain stem holds the medulla oblongata, the pons, and the midbrain. The spinal cord is a continuation of the brain stem. The reflex for this area is found on the top surface of the foot, at the base of the great toe. You will finger walk around the entire neck of the toe, affecting this reflex. You will also finger walk and thumb walk down the top surface of the toe from the tip to the base. When you work these areas, you are working the reflexes for the brain stem as well as the entire back of the head.
The cerebellum is located behind the brain stem in the head. The reflex for the cerebellum is located on the dorsal surface of the toes, especially the great toe. This reflex and the brain stem reflex overlap. As you work on the dorsal aspect of the great toe, with finger walking and thumb walking, you are affecting areas of the brain.