and their significance in Reflexology
The significance of the toes in reflexology
Another area of reflex, significance, which often is not given enough manual attention and consideration are the toes.
In earlier times, the toes were considered as rather neglected reflex, outposts, only worthy of attention for sinus problems. Thankfully things have changed somewhat since those times, perhaps due to the popularity of ‘foot reading’, where their various shapes and contortions are said to reveal not only physical states of distress but also emotional.
I do not claim to be a practitioner in this field, but throughout my career I have seen ample evidence that the first place where disturbances in the body are often revealed are the toes. In fact, one of the most significant changes I have seen, is the way that the toes and sometimes their relevant joints become distorted as a disease state progresses, such as in cardio-vascular disease.
At one time Dwight Byers and I made it a mission to take foot prints with a manual and digital imprinter of as many peoples feet at conferences and seminars as possible — after three years we had literally thousands of prints, many of which dramatically correlated to known structural and physical problems.
To illustrate my point — below is a picture of a former patient of mine, a young lady, in her 20s who was born with congenital kidney malformation, in fact she was waiting for a suitable donor kidney to be found at that time. It can be noted that her fifth toe on each foot shows significant under development. When we consider that the fifth toes are on the kidney meridian, it illustrates in a dramatic way the influence the toes have on all areas of the body.
The only way the toes can be worked effectively is by using the fingers and thumbs in a variety of ways which will enable positive contact to be made to all the areas. Including the Dorsal surfaces.
Working the dorsal areas of the toes, has an entirely different effect than those of the plantar. However there are many different ways of applying the appropriate contact. In my next blog I will show a few applications.
Once working the toes with various applications has been mastered, it will enable a very effective treatment to be given at the exclusion of any other part of the foot.
To demonstrate this, an interesting and often dramatic phenomenon is demonstrated at my A.R.T. seminars. By working the toes in a specific way the receiver experiences the effect of reflexology from toes to head.
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