Reflexology

 
The Reflexology Comprehensive Guide to Relieve Stress, Treat Illness, Reduce Pain and Improve your Overall Health
 
By
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Table Of Contents
 
Introduction
Chapter 1: What is Reflexology?
Chapter 2: Understanding Qi
Chapter 3: Effects of Extreme Emotions on Qi Flow
Chapter 4: Learning about the Reflex Zones
Chapter 5: Applying Reflexology from Head to Toe
Conclusion
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Introduction
 
I want to thank you and congratulate you for downloading the book,“Reflexology: The Reflexology Comprehensive Guide to Relieve Stress, Treat Illness, Reduce Pain and Improve your Overall Health”.
This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to use reflexology for healing, pain relief and stress management.
Reflexology is an art of healing that originated from the East. For some, the concepts of this method of healing are difficult to understand. This book will help you understand these concepts and even guide you on how to use them to treat yourself and the people around you.
Just like most Eastern healing concepts, reflexology focuses on bringing and maintaining harmony in a person’s body. The ever-flowing life force inside you is the reason why you are alive. When the flow of this life force is disturbed, it can lead to an imbalance within the body. This, in turn, leads to pain, confusion and loss of function of an individual. Eastern medicine uses techniques like reflexology to bring back balance in the flow of this unique form of energy. When done correctly and consistently, it can help the body recover faster from damaging diseases and develop a strong immune system.
Even when a person is healthy, reflexology can be used to build strength, stamina and resistance to ailments. If you want to know how to use it, you should start with the first chapter.
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Chapter 1: What is Reflexology?
 
Reflexology is a form of healing that aims to improve the overall health of an individual. It is non-invasive and is easy to practice. In fact, most professional reflexologists, used to be merely patients who had felt the effectiveness of the method. After several sessions with a reflexologist, most people decide that they want to learn why reflexology is so effective.
However, before we can go to the details of how to perform a routine reflexology session, we first need to discuss the principles behind the methods. Here is an overview of what reflexology is all about:

Reflexology is supported by a different belief system from Western medicine

There is a whole belief system behind the practice. When you are with a professional reflexologist, he or she will tell you that these methods should not be used to replace conventional medicine. It works differently from Western medicine. Rather than replacing one with the other, the best practice is to use both of them when trying to treat an ailment.
You should learn the Eastern principles of life force to be able to practice reflexology effectively. By learning these principles, you will know the benefits and limitations of this art of healing. 

Reflexology should be practiced even when we are healthy

Unlike Western medicine, reflexology should be practiced even when you are healthy. The principles that reflexology abides to promote great health in both body and mind. When practiced consistently, it can prevent illnesses for years and improve the quality of health of a person.

The concepts that govern reflexology were widely accepted in older civilizations

It is known that reflexology originated from China. Reflexology tools were among the artifacts found in dug up Chinese tombs. However, the ancient Chinese were not the only group of people who believed in the presence of energy flow inside the body. The same concepts were believed in ancient Egypt. The same practices of applying pressure for healing were also practiced in this ancient civilization as suggested in the medical scriptures.
Almost all ancient civilizations had their own words that related to life force. In Chinese, this is referred to as Chi. In Japan, they call this energy as Qi. In India, it is referred to as the Prana.
 
 

Modern day reflexology makes use of the knowledge gained from the past

Modern day reflexology is a refined form of the ancient ways of healing from Asia. Variations of the method that we know today have been practiced in ancient civilizations.
The ancient Chinese civilization is the source of the principles of reflexology. Though the idea of a flowing life force within the body is widespread, the Chinese had the most thorough understanding of how it worked and how it can be manipulated for our health.
They believed that life energy flows in our body. An ailment or a disease starts with an imbalance in this energy flow. For the ancient Chinese, reflexology is as spiritual as it is medicinal. We only feel it when there is an imbalance and we need to correct this imbalance or it will become a disease. Though we cannot observe this form of energy with our current technology, we can use the knowledge of the past to try to manipulate it for our wellbeing.

Reflexology aims to create balance within the body

It had been introduced to the West in the early part of the 20th century. Though Western medicine considers it as an alternative form of healing, millions of people have come to believe in its effectiveness.
Most people view reflexology as a form of massage that helps relieve various types of tension. However, it is much more than that. The reflexologist aims to heal various parts of the body by applying pressure on specific points of the soles of the feet, the palms and some parts of the head. By doing this, the reflexologist aims to balance the flow of energy of the body.

It is gentle and it only uses touch and pressure

It is a form of therapy that uses the power of touch and pressure to relieve certain health conditions. It does not use any form of drugs or even Eastern medicinal herbs. Its main goal is to heal the body but it also improves circulation, relieves stress and improves the homeostasis of the body.
It also aims to keep balanced energy flow of certain organs. An expert reflexologist can access a specific organ by applying pressure to the correct reflex zones.

Reflexology can be applied to anyone

Many people think of reflexology as a form of massage. Because of this, they think that it is not ideal for pregnant women and babies. This is a common misconception. Reflexology can be done to anyone. It is meant to make the body more relaxed. If the reflexologist is successful, this may even cause relief to pregnant women.
Reflexology is also allowed in babies when their hands and feet become more developed. You should be careful in the degree of pressure that you apply though because their bones are still soft and are still on the stage of development. The only reason why most reflexologists do not apply their techniques on babies is that there are better forms of touch therapies that suit the babies’ needs.
Our Body is an Energy System
Western medicine has not fully embraced reflexology because of the lack of published research to prove its effectiveness. Western medicine sees the body as a machine with multiple moving parts. When one part of the machine malfunctions or breaks, the whole machine fails with it.
Eastern energy medicine does not refute this; however, its followers also believe that aside from what we can observe by studying anatomy, there is an unseen force that allows our body to function perfectly. This force has many names in many cultures. Some refer to it as life force. In reflexology, this life force is referred to as “Qi”. 
The Eastern energy medicine sees the body as a system of flowing energy. The flow of qi is important in keeping the body healthy and functional. When there is a disturbance in our qi, we immediately feel it. It is manifested through pain, confusion and other types of discomfort. There are people who prefer to ignore their discomforts and negative feelings. For reflexologists, prolonged imbalance in the flow of qi is an important contributor to worsening of diseases and pain.

Chapter 2: Understanding Qi
The flow of Qi is the focus of reflexology. Many people disregard reflexology as a legitimate healing practice because they cannot grasp what Qi is. In modern times, we define Qi as a life force or energy. This is a simplified definition of the concept for westerners. Early practitioners of reflexology translated it this way to make it easier to understand in the west.
In Chinese medicine, Qi is a much more complicated concept. In Chinese medical scriptures, qi is also referred to as a substance in the microscopic level that interacts with molecules of living organisms. Qi is said to be responsible for organizing molecules into organs. The flow of Qi gives life to flesh and blood.
Qi is Present All Around Us
One of the most common questions about Qi is its origins. People want to know where it comes from and how we can obtain it. Qi is present in the whole universe and there is never a shortage of it in your environment. It is in all objects around you in varying amounts. It is in the tree outside your window as well as in the food you eat.
All these things have Qi. Qi however, only flows freely in living organisms. Each person has Qi flowing within his body much like blood. You were born with Qi that came from your mother and your father. Your body accumulated Qi as you grew.
We spend Qi every day when we do our daily activities. However, we also replenish it in multiple ways.
How to Replenish Qi?

Through the things that we put in our body

Nutrition science taught us that our body needs nourishment to function properly. We eat and drink to gain the natural resources required by the body to function properly. We also eat to replenish our energy source. The best sources of food for humans are those that come from other living organisms. This is because only these organisms have the Qi that we need to keep functioning properly.
The quality of food that we put into our body also affects the amount of qi that we receive. The most Qi balanced types of food for us are those that come from plants. The life energy in plants is just enough for our daily needs. Meat is also a good source of qi.

Through the universe

As stated earlier in the chapter, Qi is everywhere around us. It is present everywhere in the universe. You can take life force from the universe and make it your own. Some of the techniques allow you to tap into the energy source of the universe. Some argue that meditation is one of the most effective ways to obtain Qi from the universe. There are many forms of meditation. Some religions meditate through repetitive chanting. Others prefer to meditate in silence. You can also gain Qi from the universe by using the meditative practices that you have in your religion.

Through the things that we do

We can also develop Qi from inside our bodies. Practices like yoga and Tai Chi are only two examples of wellness activities designed to develop Qi inside of the human body.
Other forms of exercise also allow our body to create its own Qi. Jogging, for example, relaxes our mind. Together with the physical activity, this relaxed state of mind makes conditions conducive for the creation of Qi. By living an active lifestyle, we give our body another source of Qi aside from the food that we eat and taking it from the Universe.
Why Do we Need Qi?
In Chinese medicine, the difference between dead cells from living ones is the presence of Qi. When certain parts of a living organism lose qi, they begin to malfunction. When it is depleted, the lifeform dies and the living matter begins to decay.
From a wellness standpoint, Qi flows through our organs to keep them functioning properly. When an organ or a part of the body is not functioning properly, there may be a shortage or an overabundance of Qi in that area.
How is Qi Related to Reflexology?
When a reflexologist applies pressure on a part of your foot, he is trying to stimulate the flow of Qi in a specific part of your body. The Chinese have documented the flow of Qi in our body. The channels through which Qi flows are called meridians in the western form of acupuncture. These meridians allow Qi to flow to all the parts of your body. These are also the channels tapped by acupuncturists when they are sticking needles to a patient.
In reflexology, we focus on the feet because this is the area where most meridians end. There are also endings of meridians in the palm of our hands and in our head. In some ancient Chinese scriptures, it is suggested that our Qi is connected to the Qi of the earth when our feet touch the ground.
A reflexologist tries to influence the flow of Qi by applying pressure in the meridian endings. Through centuries of study and practice, reflexologists have created a map in a person’s palms, feet and legs. In this map, they divided these parts of the body into zones.  By applying the right amount of pressure to one of these zones, the reflexologist influences the flow of qi in a specific organ.
Reflexologists use this map to locate the area of the palm, foot or head that corresponds to the area of the body where there is an imbalance of Qi. If you learn how to apply pressure properly, you can also influence your own Qi flow using these maps.
How can we Access our Energy Flow?
Chinese energy medicine suggests that well-placed pressure allows us to access the energy flow in certain parts of the body. This is the basis for reflexology as well as other forms of Eastern energy medicine like acupuncture and acupressure.
Acupuncture and acupressure tries to reach the Qi flow by reaching the meridians that are closest to the surface of the skin. By doing this, they block the flow of qi to certain areas to remove pain. In reflexology, we use the end point of the meridians to influence the Qi flow. Continuous pressure in these areas creates a therapeutic effect in the flow of Qi.
By using pressure to access these energy flows, the reflexologist aims to stimulate healing and even improve the quality of fitness of another person. Massaging the right areas in the soles and palms allows us to control the flow of Qi in various organs in the body.
What does an Imbalance or Disruption of Qi Mean?
As mentioned earlier, Western medicine views the body more differently than in Eastern energy medicine. In Western medicine, when a person gets sick, the doctor looks for clues by asking the patient about the signs and symptoms of the health condition. The doctor then uses his experience and book knowledge to guess the cause of the condition and try to cure it with drugs or surgery.
When a person goes to a reflexologist with the signs and symptoms, the reflexologist tries to identify the areas of the body where there is an imbalance of qi. If the person has a stomachache, then the stomach is the organ that the reflexologist will target when applying pressure. To the reflexologist, there may be a qi imbalance in the stomach. This may mean that there is too much qi in this organ.
Aside from this, the imbalance in the flow of qi also affects the ability of the body to defend itself, giving way for diseases and infections to start. Long-term imbalance of qi can result to lack of energy and lack of will to deal with the complexities of life.
How does Reflexology Heal a Person?
The role of the reflexologist is to identify the areas where there may be disruption of qi and to use reflexology to restore the flow of energy. In Chinese energy medicine, harmony in the flow of energy is the goal. Good health is a sign that the flow of qi in the body is not blocked. 
The role of a reflexologist in healing a person is to release his trapped qi on the area of concern. The reflexologist can do this by adding pressure to the right areas of the palms or the soles that are connected to the stomach. He may also apply pressure on the reflex zones of the organs surrounding the organ of concern because there may also be a disruption in the flow of qi in these areas.
What Causes the Disruption in the Flow of Qi?
There are multiple causes for the energy flow in our body to change and become imbalanced. It can happen because of external factors that affect our health. During these events, the flow of qi is disrupted. Because it is not flowing freely, some parts of the body may become depleted of qi while others may have an oversupply. This imbalance in the flow of qi causes the signs and symptoms that we feel. Here are some of conditions that cause the energy flow disruption:
1.    Presence of harmful organisms in the body
Let us take a parasitic infection in the intestines as an example. When a parasite enters our body and multiplies in our digestive system, we become weak because we no longer get enough nutrients. This is the explanation of western medicine. Aside from this, the presence of the parasite also disrupts our energy flow. The microorganisms in our digestive system sap our Qi along with our nutrition. This causes the systemic decrease in our energy.
2.    Overindulgence in food and other substances
It can also be caused by overindulgence in the use of certain substances. There would be a disruption in the Qi flow when we eat too much unhealthy foods. It can also happen when we overindulge in addictive substances. In the time of ancient Chinese, opium and alcohol caused most damage. Today, hundreds of different natural and man-made substances can cause the disruption in the flow of qi.
3.    Lack of rest
Parts of our body can also experience low levels of qi when we overuse them without giving them time to rest. For instance, if you work all night in front of the computer, you may feel the effects of qi imbalance in your eyes and in the surrounding body parts. You may also feel discomfort in the part of the brain that controls and manages the sense of vision.
4.    Extreme emotions
Extreme emotions can also disrupt our qi flow. Too much negative emotions can lead to a disrupted qi flow in the brain and heart. For example, when we hear bad news, we inexplicably feel stressed. The feeling of stress can be so sudden that we wonder how our mood can change so fast.
Eastern medicine suggests that this feeling of stress is caused by a blockage of qi towards our heart or mind. The reflexologist will then try to restore balance in these parts by applying pressure in their respective reflex zones. This will bring back fast heart rates to normal and relax the brain. Skillful reflexologists are also able to make the mind become more relaxed, preventing strong impacts that may come from extreme emotions.
Because this aspect is the most neglected in conventional forms of medicine, we will discuss it in detail in the next chapter.
 

Chapter 3: Effects of Extreme Emotions on Qi Flow
In psychology, doctors think that psychological disorders come from the imbalance of chemicals in the brain. Drugs are then used to correct the levels of these chemicals. When balance is achieved, the person is able to function properly again.
Eastern medicine acknowledges the importance of keeping the correct levels of the chemicals. However, reflexologists argue that the chemical imbalance in the brain is caused by the strong uncontrolled emotions that disrupted the qi flow of the person in the mind. Because there is a disturbance in the qi flow, the brain and its parts malfunction in the production of these chemicals.
Unless the qi flow in the brain is fixed, the brain will always require drugs to keep the levels of these chemicals balanced. This is the reason why reflexologists emphasize the use of this healing process together with Western medicine. While Western medicine deals with the signs and symptoms, reflexology deals with the underlying causes that can create healing for the long term.
Emotions are not always bad for your Qi flow. It depends on the type of emotion that you focus on. Some types of emotions stimulate balanced Qi flow. On the other hand, some types of emotion can disrupt it.
Dealing with the Core of Problems
Traditional Eastern medicine states that the cause of emotions is the spirit. We feel what our spirit wants. When the things that we do and the things that are happening around us are not in line with what our spirit wants, we feel negative emotions. Negative emotions by themselves are normal and do not have a lasting effect on the flow of Qi. However, if you fall into a pattern of too much negative emotions, this is the time when your qi flow begins to become imbalanced. If you correct it in time, there will be no negative effects in your body. Ailments will begin to happen when the imbalance is prolonged.
Signs that your Emotions is Causing Qi Flow Disruption
Most people do not know that their extreme emotions are causing their health problems until it is too late. To know if your emotions are causing your imbalanced Qi flow, you need to observe your reactions towards daily events. People whose emotions are disrupting their Qi flow tend to overindulge in one negative emotion.
For example, a grieving person is in danger to overindulge in sadness. An irritable person, on the other hand, is in danger of overindulging in anger. Most people are also tempted to let these emotions run free most of the time. However, after a mental wrestling match with the rational side of our brain, we are usually able to control these emotions. The people who let these emotions win regularly are the ones whose qi flow becomes disrupted.  
Eastern medicine also relates specific emotions to an organ in the body. For instance, the heart is the place for the spirit and is the center for joy. The liver is associated with the emotion of anger. The lungs are for anxiety while the kidney is for fear.
When a person has a problem in controlling one of these emotions, the organ associated to it may malfunction. The malfunction is caused by the disruption of Qi in this area. When the Qi flow is left untreated, the malfunctioning organ may become the cause of an ailment and even affect the other organs that surround it.
The Role of Reflexology in Relieving Stress
Reflexology can help relieve stress caused by excess of a certain emotion. For example, we can lessen the effects of anger just by tapping on the reflex zone of the liver. By applying pressure on the reflex zones of the lungs, we may be able to lessen a person’s anxiety.
This is the reason why we need to make reflexology a habit. By regularly going to a reflexologist, we can also improve our temperament and lessen the levels of stress that we experience. When we keep all our emotions controlled, our Qi flow will not be disturbed and our organs will remain healthy.
 

Chapter 4: Learning about the Reflex Zones
Now that you know the unique concepts of eastern medicine, it is time to focus on how you can use these concepts to heal yourself and others. Before experimenting on your family members however, you need to practice the principles of reflexology on yourself first.
Learning about your Reflex Zones
Your first task in learning about reflexology is to learn about the reflex zones in the feet, hands and head. You can start by examining your own feet.
Your Feet
The feet are the most commonly used parts in reflexology. In Western medicine, the feet and legs are merely appendages. Aside from being the anatomical parts that take us from one place to another, they are nothing special.
The feet are given a high level of significance in Eastern medicine. They are the parts of our body that connect to the earth regularly. We feel the vibrations of the earth with our feet every day. In reflexology, each organ and body part can be tapped by adding pressure to specific parts of a foot.
We start by dividing the body into two parts, the left and the right. The reflex zones of your organs in the right side of your body are also found in your right foot. The organs in the left side are found in the other foot. Let us say that the organ with the qi imbalance is the heart. The heart is dominantly in your left chest. That means that its reflex point is also in your left foot.
If the organ that needs attention is the lungs, you need to apply pressure to two reflex zones, one in each foot. Each lung has its own reflex zone.
The Reflex Zones in the Feet
The Toes
The brain located on the top of the body. It occupies both the right and left side of the head. Its reflexology zone is also located at the tip of the fingers of the foot. When you sense that you have a qi imbalance in your head, you should apply pressure in the tips of your toes and your other fingers in the feet.
All the other parts of the head have their reflex points in the toes. The nose has a left and a right side. Their reflex zones are in the outer side of the big toe. It is next to the reflex zone of the brain, which is at the tip of the toe. The glands surrounding the nose are also located in the middle of the big toe.
The eyes also have a left and right side. Their reflex zones are located in the middle of the two fingers next to the big toe. If you feel that your eyes have a qi imbalance, then you should apply pressure in the skin under these two fingers in each foot. The same sections of the last two fingers are the reflex zones for the sinuses. The throat’s reflex zone is located in the joint of the big toe. The reflex zones of the neck in general are located in the joints of your smaller toes.
The ball of the soles also has a lot of reflex zones for the organs just below the head. Directly behind the little toe is the reflex area of the arms and shoulders. The reflex zones of each lung are located behind the joints of the three middle fingers. There is a line connecting the joint of the big toe to the outer side of your foot. This line is the reflex zone for our bronchial organs. The heart’s reflex zone is located in the ball of foot directly behind the big toe. 
The Arch of the Soles
The reflex zones of the organs in our abdominal area are located in the middle of the soles. Right behind the reflex zones of the lungs is the zone for the diaphragm. It is thinner compared to the other reflex zones.
The soft area of the sole is the reflex zones for most of our organs related to digestion. In the left foot, the complete middle part is dominated by the reflex zone of the gall bladder. The same area in the right foot is shared by the reflex zones of the spleen, stomach, liver and pancreas. The outermost side is for the spleen. The middle of the soft area is for the stomach and pancreas. The innermost side is for the liver. The middle of the soft area in both feet is for the two kidneys. The inner side of the left sole is the zone for the adrenal glands.
The areas between the soft part of the sole and the heel are the reflex zones for the intestines. The zone for the colon surrounds this area while the middle is the zone for the small intestines.
The Heel
The heel contains fewer reflex zones. You should apply pressure in a line across your heels to improve the qi flow in your sciatic nerves. Right behind this line is the reflex zone of the right and left pelvis area. Right above the area of the sciatic nerve in the left foot is the zone for the appendix.
For a more accurate way to locate reflex zones, you can trace your feet on paper and use a reflex zone diagram. Use the reflex zone diagram to identify the different zones in your own foot. Draw different zones in the outline of your foot on the piece of paper.
Hand Reflexology
The palms of your hands can also be used for reflexology. Just like in the foot, the reflex zones for the head, brain and sinuses can be located in the tip of the fingers. The tip of the thumbs is specific for the pituitary gland. The middle of the fingers is for the neck and throat area while the joints of all the fingers are for the eyes and ears.
The parts of the palms just below your knuckles are for your two lungs. In the left hand, the heart shares the zone for the lung. The middle of the palms in the left hand is for the stomach. On the right hand, the same area is for the liver. The colon and the small intestines share the parts nearest to the wrist. For a more detailed study of the reflex zones in the hands, you should also trace the outline of your hands in a piece of paper and make a cheat sheet by drawing the reflex zones in it.  
How to Apply Pressure?
When using reflexology in the hands or feet, your aim is to locate the reflex zone that you need to apply pressure to. You should then use your thumb to locate nodes that may have formed in this area because of the accumulation of Qi. This technique is referred to as thumb walking. You do this by slightly pressing the reflex zones with your thumb, letting it glide through the area. You should press slightly to feel what is underneath the skin. 
In the beginning, you may find it difficult to locate these nodes. To teach yourself to find them, you should press the same areas of each foot. You may feel a difference between the two areas. You can also ask the person while you are pressing if he feels a difference in the pressure that you apply.
When you do locate the nodes in the reflex zone, your aim is to massage this area with your thumb. The nodes tend to break with continuous pressure on the area. If your skin in the thumbs is too soft, then you may not be able to apply enough pressure to affect the nodes in the reflex zones. If this is the case, you can use tools to apply pressure.
In the past, Chinese physicians used smooth stone or wooden tools that resemble the shape of the thumb. These days, there are a lot of wooden and rubber reflexology tools in the market. They come in various shapes and sizes. All of them, however, have a protrusion that simulates the thumb. This end is pushed to the skin to create pressure.
Whether you are using your thumb or a reflexology tool, you should learn how to apply pressure properly to the specific area. Make sure that you apply just enough pressure without causing pain to the person. If the person is in pain with the pressure, this will cause some distress in him and may disrupt his qi flow.
You must find just the right amount of pressure. When performing a reflexology session with someone, you should communicate with him at the start of the session to know his threshold for pressure.
When you have found the right amount of pressure, your aim is to apply it in the reflex zones where you find nodes. You should apply pressure in a circular motion in these nodes. You should practice this circular motion on your own feet first to be able to improve your skill.
 
The Right Environment for Reflexology
When you are doing reflexology techniques to yourself, it is advisable for you to prepare the right environment and make it more relaxing.
Pick a room with no bright colors. Bright colors like bright red, orange and yellow are straining for the eyes. You should also avoid an overly bright room with white walls. If possible, pick a room with a lot of natural light and with walls with earth colors.
The temperature should be just right. The seat should also be as comfortable as possible. 
There should be no strong smell in the air. If you are masking some strong smell, make sure to use scents that simulate the smell of nature to make it more relaxing.
As for the sound, silence is the best. However, if you cannot achieve this, you can mask other sounds with white noise from nature. You can also ask the person you are treating for the type of music or sound that makes him more relaxed.
In the end, you should work with what you have and make sure to remove anything that may distract a person from relaxation. For the duration of the reflexology sessions, there should be no access to distracting electronic devices like mobile phones or tablets. The strong glare from these types of devices is too strong for the eyes. It may cause distress.
Reflexology Frequency
Reflexology can be done daily if you have the time. Doing it once a day will keep your Qi flow balanced all throughout the week.
 

Chapter 5: Applying Reflexology from Head to Toe
In this chapter, we will discuss the process of performing a reflexology session.
Learn About the Person you are Treating
In the beginning of the session, you should always build rapport with the person you are treating. Your goal is to learn about the area of the body of the person who feels sick. Before you start, you first need to identify the areas that are bothering the person. You can do this by asking him about the signs and symptoms that he is feeling.
If the person is not sick but still wants to undergo reflexology, you should ask about the emotions that he or she is feeling right now. You should ask if there are certain issues in his lives that are bothering him right now. If he opens up to you, you should identify the negative emotion that he is feeling.
As a beginner, you should not take responsibility for curing a person from severe illnesses. Your goal is to heal his spirit and the flow of his qi. If he has urgent health concerns, you need to lead him to health professionals.
Identify the Parts of the Body that Needs Most Attention
After building rapport and questioning the person, you should identify the organs that you need to give most of your attention to. If the person always feels angry for example, you should focus on the reflex zone of the liver to prevent that emotion from getting out of control.
Prepare What you Need
When doing reflexology on yourself or another person, you should first prepare them physically and mentally. Your aim during preparation is to keep the session hygienic and to make the person feel comfortable. You should also prepare your tools so that they are within your reach right when you need them.
Here is a process you can follow to prepare for a reflexology session.

Wash the feet and examine it for wounds

If there are calloused areas, a foot scrub may remove the excess skin. The skin in the soles absorbs water pretty well and become softer right after washing. This will make the area more sensitive to pressure. 
After washing it, you should also check the foot for wounds or other forms of injury. Ask the person if there are areas that you should avoid. Some injuries are not visible outside.

Stretch the spine

Let the patient stretch his back by standing up straight and stretching his arms upward, until he is in the tip of his toes. When done properly, this will stretch the spine, allowing better circulation of qi.

Instruct the patient to do a deep breathing exercise.

Tell him to do three deep breaths and ten normal breaths. When breathing normally, instruct the person to try to relax his mind. He has to remove all the thoughts that may be bothering him. If he cannot empty his mind, then tell him to count his breaths from one to ten.

Loosen the joints in each foot

Roll each foot to loosen the joints. Stretch the heels by pushing the ball of the foot towards the body of the patient. Do the opposite motion by pulling on the foot.
If you are preparing your own foot, you can use a flat rubber tape or a piece of towel to stretch your heels. Place the middle part of the towel in the ball of your foot while holding each end with your hands. You should then lean back while pulling on the ends of the towel to bend the foot closer to your body.
You can also stretch this area using the steps of the stairs. On the edge of the bottom step of the stairs, stand on the ball of one foot. You should then allow gravity to pull your heels closer to the ground while the ball of your foot supports your whole weight. When done correctly, you will feel your heels and the plantar area of your foot stretch.

Let the person relax

Lastly, you should let the person sit back and relax. The legs should be extended towards you. The arms should also be extended with the palms wide open. You should also instruct the person to breathe with his stomach while he is relaxing.
When all these are done, you should start with the session. Here is a process you can follow:
1.    Start from the toes and work your way to the heel
The best way to start is to do a thumb walk of all the reflex zones in a foot. You should use both of your thumbs to apply slight pressure on the sole of the person. Start with the tip of the fingers or the toes. This is the area for the head. As you move lower, you are scanning the whole body from head to toe with your thumbs.
Your first goal when doing this is to assess the hardness of the skin and the right amount of pressure to apply. You should ask the person if the pressure is too weak or too strong. You can then adjust the strength of the pressure accordingly.
Your second goal is to scan the reflex zones of the organs of interest. You should already look for areas where the flesh is stiff. If the sole of the foot is too calloused for you, then you can wipe the foot with a warm cloth. This will make the skin softer temporarily.
2.    Locate the reflex zones of the organs you are interested in
After thumb walking through the whole foot, you should go back to the reflex zones of the problem organs. If you are not familiar with the location of the reflex zone, then you should have a map of the reflex zones by your side. You should then thumb walk around this area. Your goal is to find the stiffest part of the zone and apply pressure on it. Aside from pressing this area gently, you should also try to apply circular motion onto it.
You should start with weaker pressure on these areas. You can then gradually increase the pressure and ask the person to call your attention if the pressure becomes too painful.
3.    Prepare the hands and work on them
After working on the feet, you should prepare the hands as well. You should also thumb walk from the tips of the fingers to the wrist. Because the palms tend to be softer than the soles, you should apply less amount of pressure on it.
4.    Locate the reflex zones
You should do the same process to the hand. First, you should locate the reflex zone of the organ that you need to work on. You should then apply pressure on these areas to locate the part with the most stiffness. When you have located it, apply pressure on it with a circular motion.
People who do not go to reflexology sessions regularly are more sensitive to the change in Qi flow when they undergo a reflexology session. The ones who are used to reflexology, on the other hand, will be less sensitive to your touch. In this case, you may need to apply more pressure on their hands and feet.
Throughout the session, you need to communicate with the person you are providing service to. Keep them calm and observe their reactions. If they are giving expressions of pain, then you may need to lessen the pressure you apply. If they are not making any facial reactions, you need to ask them if the pressure is too weak. Ideally, you should not use oils to lessen the friction. However, if you think the session will take long, you may need it to prevent the skin temperature from rising and to prevent skin inflammation due to too much friction.
 

Conclusion
Thank you again for downloading this book! 
I hope this book was able to help you to learn about reflexology and how to use it in improving your health. 
The next step is to keep on working on your skills in applying pressure and in locating the reflex zones. In the beginning, you may need to consult your cheat sheet regularly. As you become more experienced, you will be able to locate the reflex zones on your own.
You should also learn to develop the skill of communicating with the person you are treating while in the session. This will make them feel comfortable. The effects of reflexology will be greater when the person is relaxed.
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