Reflexology Foot Charts
Reflexology foot charts are used as a guide to the various reflex points of the feet. They are produced as an aid for reflexologists, therapists in training, or to help anyone who is interested in learning the practice of reflexology.
Reflexology is the technique of using the thumbs, fingers, and hands to apply pressure to the feet. The pressure is guided by the various zones and reflex points of the feet that are linked to a specific body part - that there is a mind-body connection. The idea is that by stimulating the pressure points of the feet on a continual basis, this can promote health in the corresponding areas of the body.
Foot reflexology charts illustrate a full mapping of the locations of the reflex points of the feet. The charts are color coded to match the areas of the feet with their associated body parts. The coloring also makes it easier to distinguish between the different reflex regions of the feet.
The charts illustrate the foot from a number of different viewpoints. The largest viewpoint is the bottom of the feet because this area has the most reflex points. Side views of each of the feet are included as well as a top view. Both the left and right feet are fully illustrated because the reflex regions are not identical for each foot. The charts are usually two-sided, with the bottom of the feet displayed on the front, and the alternate viewpoints of the feet displayed on the back.
Foot reflexology charts are fully labeled to show what body part each of the foot regions are associated with. Depending on the detail of the chart, this can sometimes be a bit confusing to follow. Some charts use a numbering system where they number each of the foot regions and then provide a legend at the bottom of the chart explaining what each region is. Others just label the parts directly by displaying the associated body parts all the way around the diagram.
The charts are available in a large variety of sizes - extra large, large, medium, and small, pocket size, and even wallet size for quick reference. They come fully laminated for protection against being damaged. The large charts are great for hanging on the wall for easy viewing, and the pocket sized foot charts can travel with you wherever you go. The larger sized charts are of course much easier to read, but the smaller versions are beneficial if you do a lot of traveling.
Most foot reflexology charts come with a brief manual explaining the various parts of the diagram, but for more information on the techniques of foot reflexology, a detailed book or manual may need to be purchased separately.