Puttin’ Our Foot Down on Reflexology

By New You Editorial
Posted On Sep 08, 2016
Puttin’ Our Foot Down on Reflexology

More than a self-help myth, reflexology yields incredible results. Give it a try for a happier, balanced body. 

by Linda Brockman

Talk show legend Regis Philbin once said that reflexologist Laura Norman, who helped him with  his kidney stones, was sent  from God. The two met when Norman, author of Feet First: A  Guide to Foot Reflexology, was on  Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee.  Philbin called her when his  stones became impassable and  surgery seemed inevitable.

The mind is so powerful,”  says Norman, who has offices in New York, Florida, and Massachusetts. At the hospital,  she suggested Philbin visualize  the stone breaking into little pieces. “I said, ‘You can dissolve it with your mind. See it breaking up and going through the ureter and out.’ I  worked on his feet. He relaxed  and fell asleep. In the morning,  he passed the kidney stones.”

Foot-Reflexology

DIY: LIFT

You can easily give  yourself (or a friend)  a 10-minute lift  anytime, anywhere.  Sit in a comfortable  position, in a quiet  room. Using a  light, absorbent,  grease-less lotion,  massage feet with  squeezing, stroking,  kneading, wringing  motions. Massaging  the feet is a great  preparation for  reflexology.

Hold ankle, heel,  or toes of one foot  firmly in one hand.

Place thumb of  your other hand on  the sole of the foot.

Apply steady,  even pressure with  the outer edge or  ball of the thumb  (keeping it slightly  bent at the joint)  using a forward,  caterpillar motion  (“thumb walking”).

Press one  spot, move a little  forward, press  again, and so on.

?  When you reach  the toes, return to  the heel area, pick  a new spot, and  repeat the process.

Continue until  the entire bottom of  the foot has been  worked. Then do the  top of the foot using  your fingers, a.k.a.  “finger walking.”

Repeat on the  other foot.

In reflexology (dating back  to around 2330 BC, Egypt), the  feet, hands, face, and ears are a  map of the body. With the  thumb and fingers, a reflexologist applies alternating pres- sure to reflexes that correspond  to areas on the body.

Reflexology-Chart

“Every part of your body is  reflected in your hands and  feet,” says certified reflexologist Chantel C. Lucier of Angel  Feet in New York City. “That  includes every organ, gland,  system, and area of the body. I  like to think of reflexology as  the end points to all these  areas. By applying pressure,  you’re sending a message to the  organ, system, or area experiencing pain or imbalance to  relax and regain homeostasis.”

According to Kristen  Kentner, who visits Lucier  monthly: “It’s where I go when  something doesn’t feel right.  Chantel understands the  points on the feet and how they  affect the body.” Kentner, 40,  has also noticed that her feet  have gotten prettier—longer  toes, milky complexion, and  soft skin. Norman cites beautifying benefits like improved  circulation, wrinkle dispersion, and hormonal balance.

Reflexology is also said to relieve stress and menopause,  and boost energy. Norman uses  visualization to invite healing.  As a result, she claims she has  helped clients lose weight, find  partners, conceive babies, and  sell houses. Do remember:  Reflexology isn’t a substitute  for medical care. “If we dis- cover tension in an area of the  foot,” says Norman, “we’ll  communicate that to a client  so they can talk to a doctor.”