I was told about foot zoning about a year ago and it was love at first zone. In laymen terms, I would describe it as a cross between reflexology, accupressure and essential oil therapy. Before I started getting “zoned,” I was always massaging my feet with various tools and devices. I always feel that I push stuff out through my feet and that energy and “stuff’ would settle there. I was actually rubbing one of my feet that hurt at a Christmas party last year and someone asked me if I was zoning my foot. I told them I hadn’t heard about it, but the idea resonated with me so I made my first appointment.
Foot Zone Therapy is precise, directed pressure to the various “zones” of the feet and is a method of treating the physical, mental and emotional features of the body, by using a specific massage of the nerves located on the feet. When a signal point is triggered within a certain zone, a message goes to the tissue or organ effected, through a reflex arc to the spinal cord and then to the brain. Discomfort is experienced in the areas of imbalance–areas where healing is needed. The Zone Therapy practitioner observes the foot and interprets the “messages’ it conveys through discoloration, texture and tenderness. Each nerve signals the brain to affect change at the corresponding area — muscle, bone, joint, organ or system. A complete zone communicates to every cell in the body and stimulates every organ and renews the cell system in each treatment.. The zone encourages the cells to regenerate from their abnormal state to their original healthy state, bringing the body back into balance at the cellular level. Foot Zone Therapy is a holistic approach which recognizes that all of the body’s cells and organs make up a complex and interactive organism.
After a foot zone treatment most people will feel relaxed and a great release of stress. They may feel that their body feels more in balance allowing the body as a whole to have a more perfect state of homeostasis. Foot zone therapists cannot diagnose or prescribe. They believe in treating the body as a whole and not treating specific diseases or problems. Although they cannot claim direct healing effects and cures, they have seen remarkable results during or after the treatment. Some foot zoning clients have reported experiencing relief from common ailments such as headaches, back pain, digestive and sleep disorders, depression, auto immune failure, the common cold or flu, stress and many other health problems. Find a foot zoner near you –
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Interested in learning how to foot zone? My friend (and foot zoner) Katherine Atkinson teaches classes in Centerville, Utah. Check out her website at www.mindbodyandsoleonline.com for details.