If you’re worn out and suffer from aches and pains, perhaps you should try a reflexology session. Reflexology helps in soothing you into relaxation and deep rest.
Reflexology is a way to gently affect your glands and organs, and each body part by the stimulation of pressure points found on your ears, face, hands and feet. We’ll cover reflexology of the foot in this article. The body is a labyrinth of nerves – there are 15,000 just in your feet! That’s why reflexology effects are soothing and calming.
Many people seek comfort today in excess, but this may have a harmful impact on your well-being. Reflexology is a nourishing and healthy replacement for self-indulgences that are harmful to your body and mind.
The time you spend pampering yourself with relaxation, especially through reflexology, will allow you to feel grounded, loved, nurtured and feeling better about yourself. Whether you want to make good lifestyle choices or shed some extra pounds, you can reach your goals through reflexology.
Stimulating the pressure points on the feet, as shown in the pictures below, will have direct correlation to your organs, nervous system and glands, which will help you to feel and look your best.
15 Pressure Points on Feet
- Yong Quan (KD 1)
Location of Pressure Point: You will find the Yong Quan pressure point in a depression below the joint of your big toe. Locate it by pressing along your foot. It is located between your big and second toes, and you will know you’ve found it when you feel the pressure the most.
The symptoms you can impact by using the Yong Quan pressure point include hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, poor memory, insomnia and palpitations.
- Tai Chong (LV 3)
Location of Pressure Point: The Tai Chong pressure point is found when you press your finger into the indent between your second and big toes. You’ll know you are close to the pressure point when the tendons meet.
Symptoms impacted by this pressure point include menstrual pain, anxiety, irritability, headaches and anger.
- Tai Bai
Location of Pressure Point: Near the ball of the foot on the middle side, you will find the Tai Bai pressure point. Find it by pressing along the side of your foot, until you feel a depression where the pressure is most strongly felt.
Symptoms impacted by this pressure point include vomiting, dysentery, diarrhea, stomach aches and abdominal distension.
- Da Dun (LV 1)
Location of Pressure Point: The Da Dun point is found on the inside of the big toe, about an inch from the toenail corner.
Symptoms impacted by this pressure point include stomach aches, dizziness and hernias.
- Shen Mai
Location of Pressure Point: The Shen Mai point is found on the bony bump located outside your ankle.
Symptoms impacted by this pressure point include fear and anxiety. Using this pressure point also offers improved patience.
- Tai Xi
Location of Pressure Point: The Tai Xi is just one of many pressure points located on the foot. It is found within the indention between your Achilles tendon and the bony inner bump of the ankle.
Symptoms impacted by this pressure point include arthritis, asthma, toothaches, bronchitis, sore throat and kidney disease.
- Kun Lun
Location of Pressure Point: The Kun Lun pressure point is located in the indentation between the Achilles tendon and high point of the bony prominence on the outside of the ankle.
Symptoms impacted by this pressure point include intestinal issues, diarrhea, high blood pressure, eye ailments, headaches and lumbar pain.
- Qiu Xu
Location of Pressure Point: The Qiu Xu is found roughly an inch below the bony prominence on the outside of your ankle.
Symptoms impacted by this pressure point include mental stress. It also stabilizes moods and improves your coping skills.
- Li Nei Ting
Location of Pressure Point: The Li Nei Ting point is found between the second and third toes on the underside of your foot. It is located easily, because you will feel soreness when you apply pressure there.
Symptoms affected by this pressure point include urinary tract infections and food poisoning.
- Xing Jian
Location of Pressure Point: The Xing Jian point is found in the thickest part of the skin webbing between your second and big toe. Apply pressure, and the point at which you feel it the most is the pressure point.
Symptoms affected by this pressure point include sinusitis, leg cramps, liver disease and eye diseases.
- Zu Lin Qi
Location of Pressure Point: The Zu Lin Qi point is found on the outside of the foot. Press and run your finger along this area to a point a third of the way down.
Symptoms affected by this pressure point include eye conditions, psychoneurosis, lumbar pain, apoplexy and muscle cramps.
- Xia Li
Location of Pressure Point: The Xia Li point is located roughly one inch below the adjoining skin web of the big and second toes, on the top side of the foot.
This pressure point is used to treat diarrhea.
- Di San Li Dui
Location of Pressure Point: The Di San Li Dui pressure point is located below the toenail on the middle toe.
Symptoms affected by this point include heartburn and excessive burping.
- Gao Ya Xue Dian
Location of Pressure Point: The Gao Ya Xue Dian point is found at the midpoint of the big toe. It is on the top side of the middle joint.
This pressure point is used to treat high blood pressure.
- Di Er Li Dui
Location of Pressure Point: The Di Er Li Dui point is located on the top side of the second toe, right below the nail.
Symptoms treated with this pressure point include nausea, appetite and hiccups.
Reflexology & Other Therapies
Practitioners of reflexology follow the ancient wisdom: with the proper amount of pressure applied to specific points of the feet, ears or hands, you can affect differing areas of the body.
Specific pressure points affect various portions and functions of your body, as well as its ailments. As an example, when practicing reflexology, you can use pressure points on the feet that directly connect to the stomach to relieve nausea, if you use them properly.
Reflexologists don’t claim the ability to diagnose health problems or cure them, but they work with other types of treatment to help in alleviating symptoms. Millions of people use reflexology in helping them fight health issues like menopause, heart conditions, asthma, nausea, headaches, diabetes, anxiety, bladder function and more.
Reflexology Chart of the Feet
The chart above has all the areas color coded. Each corresponds with different organs or parts of your body. The right foot connects with body parts on the right side of your body and the left foot with body parts on the left side.
Reflexology versus Massage
People sometimes confuse reflexology with massage. They both use the power of the touch, but they are greatly different in approach and practice.
Massage works through the outside of your body, working through the manipulation of the soft tissue that covers the body. The techniques include friction, kneading, tapping and stroking. The goal is the relaxation of muscles and relief from tension that triggers various ailments. Clients usually remove their clothing during a massage session.
Reflexology is different, since its concentration is on the pressure points of the body. Each point affects specific functions and parts of the body. Rather than using broad techniques, reflexologists use micro-movements, concentrating on different precise areas. During a session of reflexology, you only have to remove your socks and shoes.
Acupuncture/Acupressure versus Reflexology
Acupressure and reflexology are considered to be reflex therapies, using pressure on specific body points to have a positive impact on different body areas. Reflexology is a more orderly practice, using a reflexive arrangement of the body with points on the ears, hands and feet. Acupressure outlines the body with lines of energy and uses more than 800 reflex points.