Sections of the Body Reflected in the Work
While working on the left foot, another aspect to review is the connection between the reflexes and the body. The toes reflect the head area and the components involved with the head. The physical features include the face, with the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth, as well as other structures related to the head.
The brain is reflected in the great toe, along with the reflexes for the endocrine glands of that region. Toes are the area of thoughts, past and present, as well as the reflexes for intuitive creation. You will work reflex points in and under the toe necks that deal with the physical neck, the endocrine glands, and the shoulders.
Remember, always work both feet first, as reflexology is a holistic experience. During the pre-session interview, the recipient may discuss areas of the body that hold stress. Only after you have completed both feet will you go back to reflex an area of difficulty.
Shoulder to Diaphragm Reflexes
The ball of the foot represents the chest area, while the top of the foot in that section represents the upper back. The reflexes on both feet are the same. You should start with a lung press, using the knuckles of your right hand to knead the entire ball area of the foot.
The ball of the foot holds the reflexes for the heart, lungs, bronchioles, and bronchi. The reflexes for the breast are also in the ball of the foot. To work this area in the left foot, proceed from the lung press using your first right knuckle to gently trace a line from the first web. Trace around the first metatarsal head to the edge of the diaphragm line, pushing out the heart reflex. Gently stroke the small region that pops out.
Thumb walk the entire chest reflex region using the caterpillar technique. Follow the caterpillar by working both sections of the reflex separately before you use the butterfly technique.
The next reflex represents the upper back. Here you use both hands together as you walk in from the sides, as though you are playing an accordion. Always walk slowly and gently on this reflex, allowing the fingers to move up on the tips and down on the pads. People may actually feel a warming and relaxing sensation through the body during this move.
When a receiver has indicated the use of blood pressure medication or any heart-related conditions, work the heart reflex differently. Beginning at the outside end of the diaphragm line, thumb walk across to under the first metatarsal head. The small area of skin that pushes out here is the heart reflex. Gently stroke as described previously.
Lymph drainage is the same on both feet. Remember the lymph reflexes are scattered around the feet, as they are in the body. However, a great concentration of lymph is found in the chest and upper-back region. The thumb and forefinger move down the foot, in between each web, walking slowly, pressing gently. Go as far as the foot will let you before pulling back along each line, with a slight fractioning type of movement. Finish this section with the solar plexus reflex.
The Next Section of the Body
The section of the body reflected next is between the diaphragm and the waist. The imaginary lines in the foot help to make the division.
Some of the reflexes represent the same structures on both feet. Look at the left foot for a moment. Imagine the diaphragm line. Place three fingers from your left hand on the instep of the foot. This time the fourth finger is on top.
The fourth finger holds the reflex for the stomach.
The third finger is also over the stomach reflex.
The third finger points to the spleen reflex.
The index finger is placed on the pancreas reflex.
The index finger points to the adrenal reflex.
To work this section of the left foot, use thumb walking on all areas. Remember to hook into the spleen reflex. When working on the adrenal reflex, line up under the solar plexus. The left thumb will walk in from the inside of the foot, across the diaphragm line, stopping just under the solar plexus reflex. Rotate, press, and hold on the adrenal reflex, until the area pushes back.
The reflex on top of the foot reflects the entire back region of our body. As you work this area, let the fingers walk slowly in between each metatarsal bone. Don't forget to walk all the fingers down the top of the foot as well.
The solar plexus reflex may be used many times during a session. If a receiver has indicated an area of tenderness, press into the solar plexus reflex and hold, asking the recipient to breathe deeply. Now return to the painful area; if the pain is relieved, work the reflex — if not, move on. Either result is useful.
Reflections of the Lower Abdomen
You have already worked both the right and left foot in this section. The areas reflected are different on both feet. The right foot holds the reflexes for the ileocecal, the ascending colon, and the transverse colon. The left foot contains the transverse colon, the descending colon, and the sigmoid colon reflexes. The left foot also has the reflex for the rectum. Both feet have reflexes for the kidneys, the bladder, and the small intestines. This section ends for both feet at the sciatic line.