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Healing Common Ailments During a One Hour Foot Rub: What is Foot Zoning and How Does It Work?

Updated on June 5, 2017
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I am a natural health enthusiast, and I love sharing the things that have worked to keep me healthy, happy, and improve my quality of life.

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is an ancient form of therapy that was used in China and Egypt as early as 4000 B.C. It utilizes reflex points on the feet that are connected to specific parts of your body.

I know it sounds crazy, but your feet are literally like a map of the body. Every part of your body can be mapped out on your feet, and by applying gentle pressure to your feet, you can sent a message to your body that healing is needed.

When you are doing reflexology, you trigger healing in the body by working on the parts of the feet that correspond with the parts of the body that are having problems.

Every part of your body can be mapped out on your feet, and by applying gentle pressure to your feet, you can sent a message to your body that healing is needed.

This simple reflexology chart shows how the parts of the body can be mapped out on the feet.
This simple reflexology chart shows how the parts of the body can be mapped out on the feet. | Source

For Example: How to Clear the Sinuses Using Reflexology

For example, if you were experiencing sinus congestion, you could trigger your sinuses to clear out by applying gentle pressure to the tips of the toes just around the toe nails as well as walking your thumbnail up the bottoms of the toes.

When you apply pressure to this area, it sends a message to your brain that your sinuses could use some extra attention, and in turn you will experience sinus drainage.

You can do this over and over again until you have experienced the desired result, which in this case would be getting rid of your sinus congestion.

Foot Zoning Vs. Reflexology: Addressing the Whole Body Rather Than Individual Parts

Now that you know a little bit more about reflexology, you are probably wondering what the difference between reflexology and foot zoning is.

The main difference between reflexology and foot zoning is that reflexology deals with working a few points on your feet that correlate with specific points on your body that are troubling you while foot zoning takes on a more holistic approach of working through the whole body on the feet.

In other words, if you are doing reflexology and you are experiencing sinus congestion, you would work on the sinus points on the feet, but if you are doing foot zoning, you would work through the whole body on the feet with the assumption that when there is trouble in one part of the body there are other parts of the body that need healing too.

For example, sinus congestion can come from extra mucous in the body that is a direct result of a digestive issue. When you eat foods that your body doesn't particularly agree with, your body produces more mucous.

That being said, working on the sinus points of the feet alone would be beneficial, but it would be even more beneficial to work through the digestive system as well.

On the other hand, if your sinus pressure is coming from a common cold, it would be extremely beneficial to work on the lymphatic system.

Sometimes you don't know for sure what is causing your sinus congestion, so it's good to have all of your bases covered.

By working on the whole body rather than just isolated parts, you are able to work on the outlying causes of your symptoms rather than just targeting the symptoms themselves.

By working on the whole body rather than just isolated parts, you are able to work on the outlying causes of your symptoms rather than just targeting the symptoms themselves.

Foot Zoning Is A Holistic Approach That Targets Emotional Causes to Physical Ailments

This is the part that often throws people for a loop, but stick with me and at least hear me out. If you think I'm crazy when you finish reading this, you can choose to ignore this information, and I won't hold it against you. You might benefit from it if you humor me a little bit though.

Many people have come to the conclusion that our physical health concerns are directly connected to our emotions.

A simple example of this is that when people are feeling stressed they often experience many physical changes in their bodies such as fatigue and digestive issues.

In foot zoning, this idea is taken to a much deeper level. When I am working on someone's feet, and I find a trigger (kind of like a knot in the back when you are giving someone a massage), I can tell that there is something going wrong in the part of the body that correlates with that part of the foot.

Now, I would take that to a deeper level. There are several books where you can look up different physical health ailments and specific parts of the body to figure out what types of emotions are related to problems in those areas.

This is where you can really start getting down to the root of the problem. You see, I can work out an issue on someone's foot, and it will trigger the corresponding part of the body to heal, but if the emotion causing the problem hasn't been resolved, that physical problem is likely to come back.

I know it sounds crazy. I was a critic myself for quite some time. I was a complete believer in reflexology, but wondered how much of a connection there could really be between the emotions and the feet.

Then I started experimenting by paying attention to my own physical discomforts and looking up the emotions that they were supposedly connected to. I was very surprised to figure out that my reference books were right on.

It was unbelievable to me at first, but the more foot zoning I've done, the more of a believer I've become.

For more information about how the emotions relate to your physical health, Feelings Buried Alive Never Die and Heal Your Body are both fantastic references that I use all the time in my foot zoning practice.

Some foot zoning practitioners focus more on the emotions than others. It kind of depends on who trained you.


Physical Ailment
Common Emotional Causes
Sinus Infection
Irritation, particularly with someone close to you
Ear Ache
Anger, Not Wanting to Hear Something or Feeling Unheard
Stomach Issues
Dread, Fear, Trouble Adjusting to a New Situation
Menstrual Cramps
Rejection of feminity, Guilt, Fear
This chart identifies some of the emotional root causes to common physical ailments. This information was taken from Louise Hay's book, Heal Your Body.

What Do You Think? Can Your Emotions Really Affect Your Physical Health?

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These amazing essential oils are great companions to foot zoning for promoting natural and gentle health solutions.
These amazing essential oils are great companions to foot zoning for promoting natural and gentle health solutions. | Source

Foot Zoning and Essential Oils

Many foot zoning practitioners, myself included, integrate essential oils into the foot zoning practice. Once you are able to target where there is a problem in the body, you can easily figure out which oils would be the most beneficial for supporting health in that area.

By both rubbing the feet and applying essential oils, you are able to give the body a double boost of whatever support is needed.

If you are interested in purchasing certified therapeutic grade essential oils to go along with your foot zoning, you can sign up to get them at wholesale prices here.

ailment
essential oil
sinus infection
peppermint, eucalyptus
ear ache
basil, melaleuca, lavender
stomach ache
peppermint, ginger
headache
peppermint
menstrual cramping
clary sage
People use lots of essential oils for an abundance of purposes, but these are some oils that are often used for common ailments. For more info go here: http://neweverythingessential.me/health-concerns/

What Does Getting a Foot Zone Feel Like?

I wish that I could say that receiving a foot zone is painless, but that wouldn't exactly be true. Getting a foot zone is very similar to receiving a massage in that if there is a problem going on, you are going to experience some tenderness.

Everyone is unique, so different people experience foot zones differently. Some people feel a tingling sensation or even a light electric shock type feeling in their feet, and some rare people even feel that tingling sensation in the body part that corresponds with the area of the feet that is being worked on.

If there is a serious ailment in your body, it is likely that some parts of the foot zone are going to hurt. Some people have a much higher tolerance of pain than others, so for some people that's no big deal, and for others it can feel quite unpleasant.

It is important to communicate to your foot zone practitioner what you are feeling so that adjustments can be made to make the foot zone more comfortable for you if necessary.

Again, this experience is a lot like a massage in that, some people like it when you really dig in deep and other people prefer for you to approach them more delicately.

You should be the boss, and that's why communication to the person working on your feet is crucial.

It is important to communicate to your foot zone practitioner what you are feeling so that adjustments can be made to make the foot zone more comfortable for you if necessary.

How Long Does a Foot Zone Take?

A well-practiced foot zone practitioner can probably finish working on your feet in about half an hour, but depending on what types of issues you have going on and how long the practitioner works individual troubled areas, it can take longer.

Probably somewhere between half an hour and an hour is a good ball park figure.

I usually spend some time working on emotional release techniques along with working the points on the feet, and usually my sessions take between an hour and an hour and a half.

I usually shoot for an hour, but if we end up delving deep into the emotional side of things, sometimes it can take longer.

Does a Foot Zone Work as a One Time Cure?

Getting one foot zone is beneficial, but if you really want to reap the benefits of foot zoning, you will want to receive foot zones more faithfully.

If you are like most people, your body probably has an abundance of physical and emotional concerns that need healing, and that takes time.

It would be very overwhelming to your body if all of the healing occurred overnight. Your body is quite intuitive and will send healing where it is the most needed first, and send additional healing to other places as needed later.

If you have serious health concerns, it could take a lot of foot zones to get things cleared up. A problem that develops over a lifetime isn't likely going to completely disappear with one foot zoning session.

I recommend to the people that I work on that if they want to get the most benefit out of foot zoning, it is good to have their feet worked on about every two weeks.

Getting one foot zone is beneficial, but if you really want to reap the benefits of foot zoning, you will want to receive foot zones more faithfully.

Are There Any Disclaimers?

Foot zoning isn't a perfect fit for everyone. Foot zoning clears out toxins in the body and helps your body heal the way it was meant to heal.

If you have been using powerful medications to sustain your health, foot zoning might not be a good fit for you.

For example, if you are doing chemotherapy, foot zoning would be extremely counter intuitive. Chemotherapy drugs poison your body along with the cancer cells that they are trying to kill.

If you received foot zones while doing chemo, your body would be prompted to cleanse itself of the toxic chemotherapy drugs that you are using, making your chemo fairly unproductive.

Foot zoning can counteract birth control for up to a week so that is another thing to be aware of before receiving a foot zone. Birth control isn't natural, and a foot zone will cause your body to revert to its natural healthy state.

Going along those lines, if you aren't accustomed to having foot zones done, it's not wise to start having them when you are pregnant as this could lead to early labor.

As this is not a complete list of disclaimers, before you get a foot zone, you should talk to your practitioner to make sure that foot zoning is a good fit for you.

Before you get a foot zone, you should talk to your practitioner to make sure that foot zoning is a good fit for you.

What Happens After the Foot Zone?

After a foot zone you should make sure to drink plenty of water, because your body is going to be trying to detox and cleanse itself of all the stuff inside that doesn't belong there.

That being said, it is fairly normal to feel worse for a day or two before you feel better.

If your sinuses were congested, you will likely have a runny nose. If you ate something that was bad for you, it will try to quickly find it's way out. You probably get the picture.

I usually tell people that they may experience whatever symptoms they normally experience when their body is trying to get over a sickness, and this could last up to two days (although for me, it's usually between 12 and 24 hours).

After your body is done cleansing and detoxing, you should feel amazingly refreshed and energized.

After your body is done cleansing and detoxing, you should feel amazingly refreshed and energized.

Can You Really Use a Foot Zone to Induce Labor?

There are points on the feet that can trigger labor, help the baby to turn into the right position, and even speed up labor once it starts.

I've heard multiple success stories of this nature.

I've only tried it once, and my client (who happened to be my sister-in-law) had her water break the next day. It's hard to know for sure whether that was a coincidence or a success story, but I like to consider it a success.

This is me working on my sister-in-law's feet at the hospital. I gave her a foot zone the day before, and after her water broke, she wanted an additional foot zone to try to speed up labor.
This is me working on my sister-in-law's feet at the hospital. I gave her a foot zone the day before, and after her water broke, she wanted an additional foot zone to try to speed up labor. | Source

In Summary

  • Foot zoning is similar to reflexology in that it uses points on the feet to trigger healing in other parts of the body.
  • Foot zoning is a holistic approach to healing.
  • Foot zoning helps to uncover emotions that need to be released in order for long-term healing to occur.
  • Essential oils are often used along with the massage aspect of the foot zone.
  • You may experience tenderness on triggered areas.
  • Foot zones generally take about an hour.
  • Foot zoning is the most beneficial when done on a regular basis.
  • You should talk to your foot zone practitioner before they begin to make sure that foot zoning is a good fit for you.
  • Drink plenty of water and relax after your foot zone, so that your body has an opportunity to detox and heal.
  • You may feel worse (due to cleansing symptoms) before you feel better, but after the cleansing symptoms are done, you should feel much better than you did before your foot zone.
  • Foot zoning is an effective way of inducing labor.

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      thebrownbear 2 years ago

      Excellent hub. The Brown Bear loves feet so we found your hub quite interesting. Thank you!

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      Md.Rezaur Rahman 2 years ago from Rangpur, Bangladesh

      Thanks, Your Hub will be helpful to all health loving people.