In the most basic terms, a foot zone is a fancy foot rub. However, the “fancy” part is quite extensive and interesting. If you are familiar with reflexology, every organ and system of the human body "maps" to the feet. While reflexology is often used to address specific issues or problems within the body, a foot zone treats the whole body in its entirety, to bring it more into balance and a state of healing and homeostasis. We do this by not only working with reflex points but also accessing the energy meridians within the body as well as any physical, mental, emotional or spiritual issues that may be of interest to the client. By doing this, the body will function at its highest ability allowing an individual to heal, rejuvenate, restore and rebuild. We are merely working to help the body actively recover from toxins, disruptive habits, stress, trapped emotions, illness, injury and disease.
There are many benefits and each person’s experience is different! First and foremost, when the body is in a state of harmony and balance, adverse or negative symptoms diminish and healing increases. Here are a few reported benefits:
• Relaxation and release of tension & stress
• Cleanses the body of toxins
• Improved cardiovascular circulation
• Increase of energy
• Creates a state of homeostasis and balance
• Strengthen immune system and immune response
• Relationships can improve
• Improved sleep quality
• Preventative health care
• Improved mental, emotional and spiritual balance and stability
• Pain relief
• Increased movement in joints
• Day to day life becomes easier
Many people and cultures deserve credit for the development of Foot Zone Therapy as it has been used around the world for several thousand years. These include ancient Egypt and China, India, the Inca, Arabic, Grecian, Russian and European sources. Primitive African and Native American cultures have also developed their own modalities of healing through the feet. The evolution of modern Foot Zoning in the United States began in the early 1900’s when Dr. William H. Fitzgerald theorized that the human body was divided into ten zones, connected together by nerves that carry the impulses. He called these the “ten invisible currents of energy” through the body. He coined his work ‘Zone Analgesia’ and over the course of his practice discovered a very interesting fact, that the application of pressure on the zones not only relieved pain but in the majority of cases also relieved the underlying cause as well.