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Best Reflexology Tools for Your Feet

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Reflexology is a type of foot massage in which pressure is applied to points on the feet to stimulate balance, well-being, and healing throughout the body. Reflexology is based on the principle that there are ten energy zones in the body (running from head to toes, similar to the meridians on which acupuncture is based) and points on the feet (called reflex points) that correspond to specific body parts.

A reflexology treatment aims to restore the body’s natural balance by eliminating or reducing conditions like inflammation, congestion, and physical or emotional tension that block energy in the body.

Treating the whole body through the feet is nothing new. Holistic foot massage therapies were commonly used in China 1,000 years ago, and paintings and hieroglyphics found on the walls of Egyptian tombs illustrate that they practised reflex treatments more than 4,000 years ago.

Like India and Japan, other countries have their own healing traditions of reflexology. In this country, Native Americans in the 1700s used foot reflex treatments in their healing practices. You need to look on the bookshelves in the health section of most bookstores to see that reflexology has become a well-known and respected treatment in this country and throughout the world.

How Does Reflexology Work?

Reflexology is based on the belief that the entire body is represented in the feet. One of the most important benefits of reflexology is relaxation.

By reflexing points on the feet that correspond to specific body parts or organs, reflexology treatment can reduce stress and tension, which frees up the body’s energy for healing or simply facing the stresses of everyday life.

The following chart describes the reflex points and their corresponding body areas:

 

 

Toes

 

 

Head and neck: eyes, sinuses, brain.

Ball of footChest, lungs, shoulders.
ArchStomach, pancreas, adrenals, kidney, spleen, solar plexus, gallbladder, liver, colon.
HeelThe sciatic nerve, pelvis: bladder, rectum.
The outside edge of the footArms and legs.
Inside edge of the footSpine.
AnklePelvis: ovaries/testes, uterus/ prostate, rectum.

Best Reflexology Tools for Feet

Keep some of these reflexology and massage tools and toys in your desk drawer at work or in a handy spot at home for quick pick-me-ups. These products can stimulate, revitalize, and massage the feet in just a few minutes, and you can use them several times throughout the day.

You can find these products at massage supply stores, bath and herbal shops, and even at some drugstores. Here are a few of my favourites:

1. Wooden Foot Roller

TheraFlow Foot Massager Roller - Plantar Fasciitis Relief, Heel, Arch, Muscle Aches, Foot Pain, Stress Relief - Relaxation Gifts for Women, Men - Shiatsu Massage, Reflexology Tool - Dual Wooden (Large)
  • FOR BOTH FEET: This foot massage roller features 2 different types of acupressure nubs and 5 rows. The arched design mirrors the natural curvature of the feet for increased comfort
  • ACUPRESSURE THERAPY: Whether you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, aching heels, sore arches, or neuropathy, this sturdy reflexology foot massager is here to relieve tensions
  • BOOSTS CIRCULATION: This wooden foot massager doesn’t just tackle sore feet, it also stimulates blood circulation and allows you to de-stress with a foot massage from the comfort of your own home
  • MADE FROM DURABLE WOOD: The sturdy foot roller massager is made from sustainable wood and features non-slip strips at the bottom that prevent the massager from flipping over and protect your floor
  • USER GUIDE: The reflexology chart and detailed user instructions provide you with all the tools necessary to achieve better foot health and enjoy deeply relaxing massages

Instructions: Sitting in a comfortable, supportive chair, slip off your shoes and roll the foot roller back and forth underneath your right foot for several minutes. Repeat with the left foot. You can also use a nubby foot roller.

2. Rolling Wooden Balls

Wooden Hand/Foot Pointed Acupressure Ball Massager Set of 2 Pcs
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Instructions: Sitting in a comfortable and supportive chair, slip off your shoes and run your right foot back and forth against the balls for several minutes. Repeat with the left foot.

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3. Nubby Ball

Nubby balls combine reflexology, acupuncture, and massage to stimulate reflex points on your feet.

Instructions: Sitting in a comfortable and supportive chair, slip off your shoes and socks. Place a nubby ball under your left foot and roll the ball up and down, from your heel to your toes. Then roll the ball against the arch of your foot in a circular motion.

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  • FOOT ROLLER REFLEXOLOGY – Both massage roller and the spiky balls can be relief plantar fasciitis and used on your hands, forearms, shoulders, back, feet, hamstrings etc offer a stimulating effect and increases circulation throughout the entire body.
  • PRACTICAL CONSTRUCTION - Made from safe, Non-toxic, No chemical smell, washable and durable TPR and PVC material, these massage balls and foot rollers are designed to last. No need assembly and easy to use.
  • TREATMENT PLANTAR FASCIITIS - This is great to massage tired achy feet and treatment plantar fasciitis. Just by simply rolling your feet on this foot massager times a day to treat muscle spasms, release tight and knotted muscles, relieve pain and pressure.
  • EASE MUSCLES SORENESS - the massage roller and balls are not wood quality so will not cause hurt or tickle feeling. Just enjoying gentle massage but useful relief muscle pain. This set is good for different use purposes.
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Roll the ball against your heel, ball of foot, and toes. Roll it across all parts of your foot. Repeat with the right foot. If you’re coordinated, you can use a ball under each foot simultaneously. Try to maintain an even pressure.

4. Thumb Massager

Thumb massagers are plastic thumb shoes with nubs on the bottom; they also combine reflexology, acupuncture, and massage to stimulate reflex points on your feet.

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BYRIVER Acupressure Foot Massager, Reflexology Massage Slippers Shoes Sandals Slides, Stress Relief Relaxation Gifts for Men Women, Reduce Tension Stiffness Boost Circulation (02S)
  • ✔PAINFUL SANDALS: When you first start wearing these therapeutic massage slippers, you may experience a lot of pain. Because the massage knobs are stretching the tense plantar muscles. Please add socks and wear 3-5 minutes a time to start, it will take 1-2 weeks to get used to it gradually.
  • ✔TENSION RELIEF: Keeping use of foot massage tool can help to improve circulation and relieve lower back pain; migraine; foot pain due to plantar fasciitis, arthritis, neuropathy.
  • ✔ Portable Foot Massager: An easy way to relax and activate your feet anytime, especially after working long hours, wearing high heels, hiking.
  • ✔HEALTH BENEFITS: Each slipper has 39 built-in massage buttons for foot acupuncture stimulation massage, helping to improve blood circulation and physical mobility, thereby enhancing overall health.
  • ✔SIZE: The adjustable strap on the acupressure slippers, make them fit most feet shape. If you are between sizes, take the larger one

Instructions: Sitting in a comfortable and supportive chair, slip off your shoes and socks. Wearing thumb massagers, walk your thumbs along the bottom of your left foot, from heel to base of toes. Repeat several times, covering the entire bottom of the foot. Walk around your ankles, then along the arch of your foot. Then, holding the foot with one hand, walk your thumb up each toe, squeezing the tips of your toes between your thumb and forefinger. Repeat on the right foot.

5. Reflexology Socks

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Acupressure Reflexology Socks for Women and Men Foot Massage Socks Five Toe Separate Socks Cotton Reflexology Acupressure Charts in English Spanish Rod Included
  • Newbie-Proof: Easy to follow the directions on the diagrams to locate the Reflexology Zones.
  • Comes with Massage Rod: Easy to accurately apply pressure to the reflexology zones.
  • Beyond foot relief: Assist and promote body healing by acupressure treatment through the feet.
  • High quality: The socks are made of high quality cotton, which grantees comfortableness.
  • Five finger Socks: Our socks are five finger socks. Keep each toe separated. Fits up to women size 10 and men size 8.5.

Reflexology socks have reflexology maps printed on them so you can find all the reflex points without looking at a book or chart.

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Benefits of Reflexology

Reflexology has many of the same benefits as massage; it

  • Promotes relaxation
  • Improves circulation
  • It helps eliminate toxins in the body
  • Balances body and mind
  • Reduces stress and tension

The best thing about reflexology is that it feels great to have someone work on your feet, whether you feel the referral benefits.

Finding a Reflexologist

Most spas and massage centres offer reflexology, and the many reflexologists in private practice. A good reflexologist

should be trained and certified by a reputable massage or reflexology school. Reflexology sessions last anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half. Expect to pay $50-$70 for a half-hour session, $100-$200 for an hour session, and $200 and above for an hour and a half session.

For a budget massage or reflexology treatment, contact the massage schools in your area. Schools often offer free or discounted treatments to people willing to be part of a student training session.

Self-Reflexology

You can also give yourself reflexology. The illustrations and maps may look confusing, but don’t let them intimidate you. Just pressing on the different areas of the foot with your thumbs and fingers can be surprisingly calming and effective.

Here are a few general guidelines to keep in mind:

  1. Sit in a comfortable and supportive chair to easily rest the foot on which you will be working across the thigh of your other If this position isn’t comfortable, you can sit on the floor or find another comfortable position.
  2. You can perform reflexology on a dry foot or with a small amount of lotion. You want to have a little bit of friction be- tween your fingers and the skin of your foot. Be careful not to use too much lotion. If the surface of your foot is too slippery, you won’t be able to reflex the foot properly.
  3. Don’t worry about getting the technique perfect; your goal is to pamper your feet, not pass a reflexology training course. There are many, many different styles and techniques used in reflexology. This book includes just a sampling of techniques to get you. If your reflex on your feet’ different areas, you will gain benefits. Also, don’t feel bad about altering some of the directions to suit your needs. For example, if the instructions tell you to walk up the toe and it’s easier for you to get your hand and foot in a position to walk down the toe, do what’s most comfortable for your body.
  4. Stop the session if any massage or reflexology techniques you try to make your feet or hands uncomfortable or painful. Sometimes changing positions might make it more comfortable for you. If the pain continues, it could be a sign of an underlying strain or injury, and you should consult your doctor and a reflexologist.

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Reflexology Techniques

Understanding a few of the basic reflexology techniques will help you get started.

  • “Reflexing a point” means applying pressure to a specific foot area using reflexology.
  • “Walking” is one of the techniques used in reflexology to stimulate reflex points. It is done by using the outside edge of your thumb, walking across an area while maintaining contact with the skin, and applying pressure each time you move your thumb forward. (You will benefit from either gentle or firm pressure.) You move your thumb forward by bending the thumb at the first joint (nearest your fingernail), keeping the rest of the thumb and its joints straight. The best way to understand what thumb-walking is like is to think of your thumb as an inchworm, inching its way up and down your foot. Sometimes walking is done with the fingers. Remember to take tiny steps.

Health note: Do not do reflexology on yourself, or have a treatment by a reflexologist, if you are recovering from surgery or are pregnant, or if you have diabetes, epilepsy, phlebitis or other blood-clotting conditions, a heart condition, an acute infection, or other serious medical conditions. If you have any of these conditions, are on medication, or have another health concern, consult with your doctor before receiving a reflexology treatment.

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Quick Fix Reflexology

Setting up the environment for reflexology can help you begin to focus your awareness on relaxing your mind and body and preparing your feet for pampering. You can light candles, burn incense, or play soft music; whatever helps you feel calm and centred.

Reflexology is more comfortable and effective if the feet are warmed up and relaxed. Start your foot pampering with a foot soak to warm the feet and soften the skin, then give yourself a brief foot massage to loosen the foot’s muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

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Self  Reflexology Treatment

Generally, reflexologists reflex the left foot first before repeating the same steps and techniques on the right foot, but you can begin with either foot. Once you’ve completed the four steps on pages 70-76 on one foot, repeat the same sequence on your other foot.

1. Rotate the Ankle

  1. With the outside ankle of your left foot resting against your right thigh, support your left foot with your left
  2. Hold your heel, placing your right thumb on the spot be- tween your ankle bone and the tip of your heel bone and your index (or middle) finger on the same spot on the opposite (outside) side of your foot. Supporting and holding your toes with your left hand, gently rotate your foot in a clockwise direction several times. Repeat in the counterclockwise direction.

2. Double Thumb

  1. With the outside ankle of your left foot resting against your right thigh, support your left foot with your left
  2. Holding both thumbs side by side, apply gentle pressure, and slide your thumbs up the arch of your foot between the pelvic and diaphragm. After making a few passes, you can slowly increase the pressure if it feels comfortable.

3. Metatarsal Massage

  1. With the outside ankle of your left foot resting against your right thigh, support your left foot with your left. You might want to sit next to another chair or couch for this step to support your foot on the other chair and use both of your hands.
  2. Placing both thumbs on the ball of your foot, gently squeeze the skin in the metatarsal area between your thumbs as you move back and forth across the metatarsal
  1. Keeping thumbs together, press thumbs on each side of a meta-tarsal joint and make alternating circles with your thumbs to move the joints. You can also hold each side of the foot and gently twist and undulate the ball of the foot (as if you’re creating a wave that moves from one side of the foot to the other) to loosen up the area.

4. Solar Plexus Breathing

  1. With the outside ankle of your left foot resting against your right thigh, support your left foot with your left
  2. Place the thumb of your left hand in the centre of the spot where your arch turns into the ball of your foot. As you press the point, please take a deep Hold breath for a few seconds, then release it. As you release your breath, relax the pressure of your thumb against your foot. Repeat three times.

When you feel especially tired or run-down, you can add two extra moves, clearing the zones and walking the spine.

5. Clear the Zone

The foot has five zones, each running the foot’s length from each toe to the heel. Clearing the zones simply means using a reflexology technique called “walking” to reflex points along each zone.

  1. With the outside ankle of your left foot resting against your right thigh, support your left foot with your left
  2. Begin with zone five (under the little toe). Using your right hand, walk your thumb in a straight line from the edge of your heel to the top of your little Repeat with zone four (under the fourth toe), zone three (under the third toe), zone two (under the second toe), and zone one (under the big toe). When you’ve walked all five zones, repeat this sequence.

6. Walk the Spine

In this step, you’ll be using the walking technique.

  1. With the outside ankle of your left foot resting against your right thigh, support your left foot with your left
  2. With your right hand, walk your thumb along the inside edge of your foot, from heel to top of the big toe. Then walk along the inside edge of your foot, from the top of the big toe to the

You can end your session by reflexing points on your feet (see reflexology map). Press each point for 5 to 30 seconds, depending on what feels comfortable for you. Different points on your feet may feel tender, but if any feel painful, stop pressing. Don’t worry about moving up or down or across; press all over the bottoms of your feet.

Example: After a long day, you might want to squeeze your toes (with the thumb on the toe pad and finger on the toenail) between your thumb and forefinger. Then you can walk the different areas: balls of feet, arches, heels, and ankles.

Conclusion

In addition to maintaining a well-rounded fitness plan that includes cardiovascular training for 20-30 minutes every day, strength training for 20 minutes at least twice a week, and regular flexibility exercises like stretching or yoga, you need to exercise your feet.

Walking is the best exercise for your feet and calves, and adding a few stretching and strengthening exercises to your daily routine will help keep the muscles of your feet, toes, ankles, and lower legs flexible and strong.

Christine
Christine
Dr Christine Nolan is the CEO and founder of Footdiagnosis.com. She also has extensive clinical experience and is therefore uniquely qualified to detect and manage diseases of the lower extremities including those related to peripheral arterial disease and diabetes.