Essential Oils and Foot Zone Therapy
I have recently been introduced to foot zoning (also known as foot mapping). Some friends told me of a young mother in our area that is very good at foot zoning. I had never heard of it before, but was very curious when they informed me that she was able to tell if there is an imbalance in your body by feeling and massaging your feet.
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I was a bit excited for my first appointment for foot zoning. I cleaned my feet well and made sure I clipped my toenails. I have some funny toes that are a bit deformed due to wearing very high heels for much of my younger life. I am just barely 5 feet tall, so I need all the help I can get, but years of tippy toeing around has taken it's toll.
My new friend welcomed me into her living room and made me feel very comfortable. I asked her a few questions, like how is foot zoning different than reflexology, what benefits could I expect, and how often would I need to repeat it. She was very knowledgeable and freely shared her wisdom and experience with me.
She brought out a whole set of essential oils and and carefully chose what she would use on my feet. As a proponent of essential oils, I was interested in what brand she was using, the names of the oils, and why she chose the ones she did. I asked too many questions, but she was very accommodating and friendly. Then I decided to be quiet and just observe.
For the next 45 minutes, she used her knuckles, thumbs, and fingers to apply pressure in patterned motions on the top, sides and bottom of both of my feet.
According to foot zoning therapists, there are nerve endings in the feet that are connected to specific areas of the body. They are also referred to as zones or meridians. Through manipulating them, energy is sent to the area it corresponds with to increase circulation, increase oxygen to the area, and boost vitality.
My therapist found a few areas in my feet that needed extra attention to smooth out stuck signals. It sounded a little hocus pocus, but I was willing to go along with it. She mentioned that my back seemed a bit stuck, and then I remembered a back ache that I had when I had arrived. After she was finished, there was no more pain in my back (mind over matter?)
When she was finished, the foot zoning therapist rubbed more essential oils on my feet. I have since purchased some more that I put on every night before I got to bed. I really enjoy them and think they help with my insomnia issues.
Certain areas in my feet were quite tender and when she rubbed them, it did cause a bit of pain, but was bearable. I did feel really good after my first session (who doesn't love a foot massage?).
For the next couple of days it seems I did nothing but run to the bathroom. I called and asked her about it, and she said that my body was getting rid of toxins (yeah!). I did feel cleaner, lighter and had more energy. Amazing! Maybe there really is something to this foot zoning.
Another neighbor said that after her foot zoning, she felt very angry for three days. That was interesting! The results are variable, and some admit to have a sense of balance and clarity afterwards.
I have tried it, gone back for seconds and have made a third appointment, so I have high hopes. To become a foot zoning therapist can be quite lucrative charging $40 an hour. But the training can be quite expensive $2,000 to $3000 for the course, however, you need no college degree or experience. Not sure if I am up to massaging other person's feet, but I do enjoy having mine done!