Jan 24, 2011

Comprehensive Foot Zone Reflexology

I get so many questions about Foot Zone Therapy and there is so little information about it on the web or anywhere else, I thought I would post as much information about it as I can, based on the common questions I get.  First of all, foot zone therapy is not for the feet. It is for the whole body and performed on the feet.  The premise of Foot Zone Therapy is that all of the nerve endings in the body are mapped out on the feet.  This means that the nerves of the heart, lungs, pancreas, shoulder, spine, and everything else, have a corresponding representation on the feet.  This is the basis of Reflexology.

How it Works

Try it for yourself:  Find the corresponding point
 on your foot to an area where you have a known condition.
Using your pointer fingers large knuckle, or your thumb, apply
pressure to that zone on the foot.  You will likely experience
more than average pain there, feel the crackling, or feel a cystic
nodule in that area.  
When you apply pressure to that corresponding area, it sends signals to the brain releasing endorphins, relaxing the nervous system and re-establishing connections from the brain to that area in the body.  This process encourages healing and balances the body's systems.  The result is anything from pain relief to hormone balancing.  Your body will choose which systems are most imperative to improve.  You may not notice any noticeable results if your body is working on repairing and area like your kidneys or liver, since you will likely not feel any different.  However, people with back pain, knee pain and other noticeable pain will likely notice a change within 5-6 weeks of 1-2 Zones a week.
Many Foot Zone Therapist can feel the disruption in certain zones.  Disruptions are usually a lack of energy flow, a crackling spot or a cystic type nodule in the foot.  For example, while examining my sisters foot I noticed a disruption in her bronchial.  I asked her if she had been sick or had an irritation there.  She adamantly said no and thought I was fishing for results.  Several days later she sent me a message stating that she was so sick with a horrible chest cough.  Your body starts fighting off infection long before you start to feel it.  This disruption in her immune system showed up on her feet.  It is a strange and miraculous phenomenon.  We had no way of knowing that she would end up with a cough. Her body could have just as easily fought off the infection before it became a full blown illness and we would have never known why her bronchial was showing a disruption.  Foot Zone Therapy is not a way to diagnose conditions but a way to balance the body's nervous system so that proper energy and information can be received via the brain.  When this energy and information is able to flow freely, the body can heal with a higher potential. Even alleviating problems that you have had no success with using traditional western medicine.

Foot Zone therapy also releases pent up emotions that may be holding you back from healing.  It is common knowledge with massage therapists who do body work that you can retain memory of a traumatic event in a muscle or even an organ.  The Zone helps remove negative energy within a muscle and organ to facilitate healing.

Therapies to Consider in Conjunction
I recommend that at all times, and especially while being treated by a foot zone therapist, that you take a high quality multi vitamin supplement.  Even if you eat the best, organic foods available today, they are still deficient in vitamins and minerals because our soils are so depleted. Plant fertilizers are enough to make a healthy, large, green plant but not enough to enrich the vegetable in nutrients for you.  At a cellular level, your body needs nutrients to heal and repair.  When taking a high quality supplement on a consistent basis you will find that you have more energy and crave less junk food.  In addition your body will be able to complete repairs it has been putting off because of lack of nourishment.

What to Expect During and After the Zone
During a Foot Zone the therapist will systematically massage every single inch of your foot. That will cover every system and function in your body.  Many people feel sleepy and relaxed from the endorphin release during the zone.  Some people experience discomfort, particularly in a zone that correlates to an area of the body that is compromised.  After the zone, it is recommended that you drink plenty of water to facilitate detoxifying.  Once the nervous system is balanced the body will automatically start to detoxify areas of the body, including organs, there will be toxins from the feet released as well.  It is important to keep the kidneys and liver well hydrated so that they may do their job.  Some people will experience fever type aches and pains after a zone because of this toxin release.  Usually, a lot of water and an ibuprofen will take care of it.  Some people will experience better sleep after, some people worse.  It all depends solely on what your body is working on healing at the moment.    The worse off your health is to start with, the longer it will take to have results from Foot Zone Therapy, as with any treatment.

When to Seek Out a Foot Zone Treatment
The different conditions that it would be appropriate to seek a foot zone therapist for are: unrelieved pain from surgery or injury;  hormonal imbalances, insomnia, emotional stress, general stress, chronic fatigue, depression, fibromayalgia, headaches and more.  Conditions that a foot zone therapist cannot help you with are: current infectious illnesses, open wounds, broken bones that are not set and fevers.

Cost of a Zone
Most Foot Zone Therapists charge between $35 and $65 per session.  A session usually takes between 45 minutes to an hour.  Most Therapists like to sell packages because results typically take 5-6 weeks.  You will not be able to gauge the effectiveness of a zone for you after just one session.

How to Find a Zone Therapist
It can be difficult to find a Foot Zone therapist, since there are only over 600 in the western half of the USA and a majority of those can be found in Utah and Idaho.  I would check local free classified listings, check health food store bulletins and even search Google locally.  Sometimes a foot zone therapist will work with a chiropractor or with massage therapists.  If you are in Utah county or the southern part of Salt Lake County I can be of help to you.  See my Foot Zone Therapy page for details.





  1. This is so fascinating to me. You are so close, I should do it! I have so many problems right now, and my back has been bad for a while. I wonder if this would be a better bet than a chiropractor. I am so tired of feeling blah.....

  2. I get foot zones from my sister Val. I love them. They are really strange and some points on my foot hurt SO bad when I get a zone but she is always right on with my problems and I really believe in the science behind it. If anything get one done and try the experience.