Try this little test. Step on an egg tray (of fiber glass, cement, anything hard, because you cannot step on a paperboard without squeezing it, right?). Painful? Pretty normal. If the hurt persists after a little while when your feet are supposed to have gotten used to the spiked feeling (eight to 10 minutes, perhaps?), well, chances are, you are hurting somewhere else in your body other than your soles. The more painful, the more serious the trouble possibly is.
Old wives’ tale? Think again. Ask any foot reflexologist. Or anyone who’s had some nagging illness traced and healed simply by stimulating the feet. You will realize there’s more to your feet than those twiddly toes and corns and bunions. Believe it or not, your feet hold the key to your health.
How’s that? Reflexology works on the principle that you have reflex zones in your body, each corresponding to a particular organ or glands, and that you only need to stimulate these reflex zones to flush out the poison blocking the smooth flow of the bodily system.
Your feet have so many reflex zones that a foot therapist – that’s how a foot reflexologist is more popularly known – can tell a person by his foot. With an amazing degree of accuracy, he can tell if you are hurting in your head or stomach, or if you are having trouble passing, or if you are practically eating a poison (that’s food laden with bad cholesterol) just by touching your sole.
Foot reflexology works effectively against nearly all bodily ailments – asthma, goiter, coughs, colds, arthritis, back pains, rheumatism, migraine, swollen limbs, constipation, even obesity. AIDS and cancer are a different story, but a reflexologist said that foot therapy works positively as well in terminal cases in that it helps the afflicted come to terms with his condition and minimizes the agony and pain significantly.
What actually happens when you stimulate the reflex zones? First, you activate all the body cells; second, you improve blood circulation; and third, you normalize your inner organs and glands.
Why focus on the feet? Because they are the most sensitive parts of your body and yet the most neglected. Foot reflexologists said that because of the natural law of gravity, your feet absorb all the poison in the body.
Foot reflexology works marvelously, especially for the poor who cannot afford medicine. Just about anybody can do it, except of course, pregnant women, people with hypertension and heart problems should exercise utmost caution in doing this.
So, how to do it? Know the reflex zone that corresponds to your ailing bodily part. Massage it for, say, 20 minutes to activate the cells. Then, drink two glasses of water to flush out the toxin (think of it as a tiny stone crushed after the reflex zone is stimulated). If it does not get out of the body, it develops into a stone in the kidney.
But remember that foot reflexology is basically a preventive method, and that you will do well to make a habit of it – much like exercise perhaps?
Here is a very simple tip that you can do: Walk barefoot whenever you can, and make it a habit to press your feet wherever you can – on the floor, on crevices and nooks of furniture – practically against anything your feet come into contact with. It is done wonders for its advocates, there’s no reason why it should not to you.