To give a foot massage, that is based on this map, you must know the pressure points. The basic principle is simple, applying pressure to the points that the map shows as appropriate, stimulate the central nervous system. The foot reflexology is used by the best masseuses who know the map used for this therapy Foot. Therefore, it has produced a practical guide to enable any beginner to massage these features.
To perform a massage based on this technique, follow these guidelines:
- The massage should be performed on the reflex zones of the foot, for those who want to treat bodies.
In reflexology, it is understood that the foot and their ends are connected to each organ in the body.
- You should apply intermittent pressure on points that the foot reflexology map shows as correct.
- To relax the foot during application of pressure, massage or should move in circles from the ankle joint, to cause optimum relaxation.
In short, it is detected early using the map, the area to be treated and try to apply pressure, mild to moderate for the duration of the massage.
Reflexology, Acupressure, Acupuncture, and Massage have a common origin and modality. They all use the concept of stimulating pressure points in various locations of the body to relieve stress and/or to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. These points can be the actual locations of discomfort, may be associated with “meridians” (energy lines) through the body, or maybe the projections of the other anatomical parts of the body on the ear, hand, or foot. This concept of using pressure on various parts of the body dates back to as early as those that practiced acupressure in China over 2000 years ago. Those in western medicine followed much later. One, often mentioned, is Dr. Paul Nogier of Lyon, France who, in the 1950’s mapped the pressure points of the ears. As time followed others elaborated on these early works and a wide variety of “maps” are presently available. In many ways the mappings are similar but there are some differences.
The Reflexology maps are based on the concept that the ear, foot, or hand are connected to all the other parts of the body through the nervous system or “energy” system and thus become a reflection or snapshot of the entire body. Interestingly, Dr. Nogier put forth the concept that the ear can be mapped by comparing to a baby curled into the fetal position. Others suggest that you have to make some exceptions with this comparison but we have included both images for your own study.
The techniques for stimulating these pressure points vary widely. Acupuncture, of course, uses a needle inserted and manipulated to stimulate the pressure point. Magnets are used by some. Acupressure, Massage, and Reflexology all use manual pressure on various points to promote stimulation.
The charts available through the tabs at the top of this page (feet, hands, and ears) were developed by comparing a number of sources and looking for the commonality among them. They can generally be regarded as a merging of Chinese mappings with additions from the more recent French studies. The graphics were developed to make it easy for the reader to quickly find the pressure points of interest. By clicking on the charts themselves you will have access to a high-resolution chart that can be printed for handy personal use or to pass on to others.
The following chart shows many of the reflexology points on the feet.