Do you remember Dr. Fitzgerald? He was the doctor who introduced zone therapy to the States. Fitzgerald worked and researched in Europe where the concept of zone therapy was evolving. He worked with the theory of longitudinal zones dividing the body.
The body has ten zones that run from the head to the feet, as shown in FIGURE 5-1. Every organ and body part in a zone can be affected by applying pressure to the feet and hands. There is an imaginary separation at the centerline of the body, with five zones on the right side and five zones on the left.
The vertical zones allow us to work with each toe or finger and touch the entire zone within that energy field. If there is a blockage or congestion anywhere along that line, pressure applied to the corresponding reflex will help. Often pain or discomfort manifesting in one area of a zone may actually be a referral from somewhere else along that zone.
Within the concept of zones, there is another aspect known as the transverse zones. These imaginary horizontal lines divide the feet into four sections. These areas are called the shoulder line, the diaphragm line, the waistline, and the sciatic line.
As the names indicate, the lines divide the feet into reflex areas related to parts of the body located between these lines. The shoulder line is located under the necks of the toes while the diaphragm line is tucked under the ball of the foot. The waistline is in the middle of the arch, and the sciatic line is found across the center of the heel.
FIGURE 5-1 The body is divided into ten longitudinal zones.