Foot reflexology, sometimes coined the best foot massage, has a lot of health benefits that have been proven to work for people with various ailments. Among its benefits are improved blood circulation, relaxation, better sleep, recovery from depression and/or anxiety, relief from aches and pains, healthier feet, improved immune system, and lower blood pressure.
There are various schools of foot reflexology in Singapore found in spas and clinics, but the most common and the most important factor is the understanding of the different zones in the feet that represent other parts of the body. Some therapists are also familiar with the reflexology points found in the hand, face, and ears but the feet cover more areas and will enable the therapist to see an image of the body by looking at your soles. These same points are also used in another alternative therapy, acupressure. Before you book your first appointment with a foot therapist, you should know the reflexology areas that are found in the foot to get the best out of the therapy.
Basic Reflexology Areas
Each point on the left foot mirrors the point on the right foot. The point is associated with an organ or part of the body, so stimulating the point will also stimulate the corresponding organ or body part. The five major areas of the body are divided into five basic areas on the foot.
1. Head and neck correspond to all the toes as well as the joints and bones.
2. Spine corresponds to the area that runs up to the inside of the feet near the big toe and inner heel.
3. Chest area corresponds to the balls of the foot.
4. Waist line is found in the area of your foot that is shallowest in width.
5. Pelvic area corresponds to the bottom of the foot.
To make the chart easier to understand, the foot therapist usually divides the chart into 4 basic views; sole, outside, inside, and toes. There are more detailed foot reflexology charts that are used by the best foot massage spas and clinics which include specific organs of the body, but this guide that is also used by dear reflex foot massage in Singapore will give you a good idea of the location of the basic reflexology points.
The Sole Chart
The sole chart shows the location of some organs in the body using the soles of the feet.
1. You will find points for the teeth, sinus, and the top of the head on the tips of your toes.
2. The 2nd and 3rd toes correspond to both your eyes.
3. The 4th and 5th toes correspond to both your ears.
4. The big toe is connected to the glands in your body.
5. The bottom area of the 5th toe corresponds to the lungs.
6. The balls of the left foot can be massaged to ease your heart.
7. The part corresponding to the solar plexus is located below the balls of your feet.
8. The outer arch of the right foot corresponds to the liver.
9. The inner arch of the left foot corresponds to the stomach.
10. The outer arch and proximal end of the 5th metatarsal is equivalent to spleen.
11. Within the lower inner arch of both feet are located the points for the pancreas and kidneys.
12. The front and the front inner heels correspond to the large and small intestines.
13. The whole area that covers the outer heel, heel and inner heel contain the points for the sciatic nerves.
The Outside View Chart
This view will show the parts of the body that correspond to the outside view of the foot.
1. The area from the outer ankle bone to the inner ankle correspond to the groin area.
2. The entire back of the feet contains points that are connected to the lymphatic system.
3. The area above the toes correspond to the chest area.
4. The outer little toe mound is connected to the shoulder.
5. The outer arch corresponds to the shoulder.
6. The proximal end of the 5th metatarsal corresponds to the bone called cuboid notch.
7. The area next to the proximal end of the 5th metatarsal is connected to the hip.
8. The outer heel is equivalent to the knee and the sciatic nerve.
The Inside View Chart
The inside view chart provides a guide to the foot reflexology points in the inside of the foot.
1. The area from the inner ankle bone to the outer ankle is equivalent to the groin area.
2. The inner heel corresponds to the sciatic nerve.
3. The area that covers parts of the inner arch and the front inner heel is for the bladder.
4. The entire area that covers the back of the feet is for the lymphatic system.
5. The neck of the big toe corresponds to the chest area.
6. The area from the inner big toe mound to the inner heel correspond to the spine. Notice how the inside of the foot looks like the shape of the spine.
The Toes Chart
The toes are the location of the meridian points. Meridian points are part of the body meridians that channel or transport life energy known as qi or chi. Foot reflexology in Singapore aims to restore the natural flow of the energy be removing the blockages in the meridians. These networks of energy, when free from blockages, can help the body heal, recover faster, and maintain proper organ function. These are stimulated by applying pressure on the point in circular motions while supporting toe.
1. The big toe has the spleen and liver meridians.
2. The 2nd toe corresponds to the stomach meridian.
3. The 4th toe is for the gall bladder meridian.
4. The 5th toe corresponds to the bladder meridian.