Benefits Of Foot Reflexology
What is foot reflexology
Foot reflexology is one type of reflexology where pressure is applied to the various parts of the foot, particularly on the sole. Reflexology is a term used to describe a method of pressure massage, mainly targeting the feet and hands. The method of applying pressure can be by using a physical object like a short wooden stump,or by using both the bare hands applying pressure with the thumbs, fingers, palms and knuckles. Foot reflexology is commonly done by using a combination of these methods.
I had my first experience during the 80s when foot reflexology started to gain popularity. During those years, the main method of applying pressure to the soles and toes was with the aid of a short wooden stump. However, nowadays, I notice that most foot reflexology professionals use only their bare hands.
Foot reflexology is based on the belief that there is a connection between the points in the soles of the feet and the vital organs and glands of our body. If there is acute pain on the specific point on the sole when pressure is applied, it means that the corresponding vital organ is weak or has problem.
For first timers, an authentic food reflexology massage is not going to be pleasant. I am writing from my own personal experience. When the pressure is applied on the specific points, and if you feel acute pain on certain points then it is an indication that your corresponding organs are weak or may be having problems. Real foot reflexology is definitely not “foot relaxology”, believe me.
From my personal experience, you can apply foot reflexology by yourself. It is in a way, a free DIY health regime which you can do it in the comfort of your home any time that suits you.
The foot reflexology chart
Father Josef Eugster
Fascinating story of Father Josef Eugster
Father Josef Eugster is a Swiss Catholic priest living in the unlikely place of Taiwan, for over 30 years. He was not much of a success as a preacher, but his health problem brought him fame. At that time, Father Josef was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis in his knees. And in 1977 he was given a book about reflexology, and from there he self-taught himself on foot reflexology, and subsequently healed himself of arthritis. He began to share his knowledge on foot reflexology with his parishioners and as the saying goes, the rest is history.
Father Josef later wrote a book on his method of reflexology, and this was the beginning of the now famous Rwo Shur Health Method of Foot Reflexology, known throughout the world. “Rwo Shur” is the Chinese name for “Josef”. The Rwo Shur foot reflexology method is able to identify the person’s health problem and appropriate pressure is applied on the affected areas. Each session lasts about 35 minutes.
Benefits of Foot Reflexology
The effectiveness of foot reflexology is based on the belief that around the whole area of the sole, are acu-points connecting to the vital organs and glands of the body, through the qi meridians, supplying energies to the organs. By massaging and pressuring these acu-points on the soles, qi energy will flow to the respective organs, thereby energizing them and keeping them healthy.
Foot reflexology relieves body tension, improves blood circulation, and generally maintains a strong immune system.
On the Foot Reflexology Path
My wife and I treading on the Foot Reflexology Path in a public park
Foot Reflexology Path
Based on the theory of foot reflexology, the foot reflexology path was developed. This consists of a walkway or path, with the surface imbedded with small protruding pebbles. When you walk on the surface, your feet will be pressure-massaged by your own weight and movement. For the first-timer, walking on this reflexology path is an excruciating painful experience.
The photo on the right shows my wife and I taking a painful tread on the foot reflexology path in a public park.
My personal opinion on foot reflexology
Foot reflexology lacks scientific proof of its effectiveness. But that doesn’t mean it should be rejected. There are many things that science cannot prove, but the positive results count. What is more important? Scientific proof or positive result? One major area of contention is the Chinese Qigong. Foot reflexology is also based on the principle of Qi, the unseen or ethereal energy force that energizes and revitalizes our bodies. On the count of statistical probability, can billions of people who believe in the existence of Qi be wrong? Maybe? Maybe not?
The book "Good Health For The Future"
An update on this article
Earlier I wrote about Father Josef being given a book on foot reflexology from where he learned about the subject. While I was researching into the topic of the myth of the goodness of milk, I located a much forgotten book on foot reflexology titled “Good Health For The Future” by a Swiss nurse, Hedi Masafret. On further research, this was the book that was given to Father Josef! Take a look at the photo of the red hard cover book on the right.
I bought this book in the early 80s when I went for the foot reflexology sessions in one of the foot reflexology centers. It was from this book that I read that milk was not good for human adults. I have just written an article called "Milk is not good for me".
The foot reflexology chart from the book
Palm pressure points
Now I don't know how true this is, or how effective. From my personal experience, I know there are some points on the palm when pressed can provide relief. For example, my mother who was a Chinese physician used to press the "V" point at the back of the palm between the base of the thumb and the first finger of babies and young children. This point is called "hegu" (合谷穴) in Mandarin Chinese. Massaging this point can alleviate headache,fever, sore throat, laryngitis, and nasal sinusitis. It can also prevent apoplexy.This is explained in my other article "Meridian 3-1-2 Qigong".
As for this general claim that there are points similar to the sole of the foot, I really don't don't know. So you may take this as an additional information on well-being. This is what you are required to do. Press with your thumb for 5 seconds on the corresponding point of your problem, and release for 3 seconds. Repeat this for 2 to 3 minutes for a period between 5 and 10 days.
If this works for you please share in the comments section below.
Vital points on the palm
The information provided in this article is sourced from the internet, from friends and contacts, and from personal experience. As I cautioned in my article, not every remedy will work on everyone. So is conventional medical treatment. It very much depends on the constituents of the person and the conditions peculiar to that person. Whatever the reasons, this article does not claim the information provided is totally accurate and reliable and will cure everyone. The purpose of this article is merely to inform visitors that there are alternative cures for all ailments.
You are therefore advised to consult your registered medical physicians as a matter of due diligence.
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