Why are there Different Reflexology Charts?

When you start exploring the wonderful and fascinating world of Reflexology you will find that there are many Reflexology charts out there, some are very similar and some are totally different. Why is this? I found the following excerpt from Yvette Eastman in one of my course manuals to be helpful to answer the question:
“Once upon a time long ago, there were many, many anatomy charts. Each medical school, in each country had a different chart. One day, all the schools made a decision to have only one chart. And so, they did. There is, to this day, only one true medical anatomy chart. …. And no individual fits it! “– Yvette Eastman
One of the answers is that all the Reflexology schools have not sat down to make “The Reflexology chart”. 
It is very interesting to me that when you look at medical anatomical charts, the person in the chart has perfect posture, his palms are open towards you (I don’t know anyone that walks around like this except if they are dead) and no extra fat can be found on his body etc. So it is very fitting when Yvette says “and no individual fits it!” This is why X-rays are taken before any form of surgery is performed since we are all so different. Anatomical body parts can be in slightly different places.
This also gives insight as to why reflexology charts are different, by feel of the feet there are slight variations as to where the points are found from one client to another and so it is a very difficult task to have one chart that fits everyone because the truth is in general it might fit the majority of people but not all. Having said that, most of the reflexology charts out there have many of the points in common but there are some small and great differences.

Reflective Charts

reflexology foot chart by balancing touch reflexology
Balancing Touch’s FOOT CHART

These are the most common form of Reflexology chart; they put the parts of the anatomy on the feet as they are in the body. These Reflexology Charts usually have a base in Zone Therapy. They may also tend to portray a personal experience of working with clients.

Different system charts

foot acupressure chart
Acupressure foot chart
Acupuncture Foot Charts usually originate from China – These are based on acupuncture meridians. These charts reflect correspondence with other parts of the body but not in direct reflection of how the anatomy falls on the feet like in the above reflective charts.

Ayurveda or Indian Charts – These are based on Marma points which are points that come from Ayurveda massage and there are points found on the hands and feet that are called Marma points.

Ancient or Spiritual Charts

These are in abundance throughout Asia. There are a number of pictographs and symbols whose meaning tend to be more toward the spiritual life for example the feet of Buddha and of Vishnu’s etc.reflexology vishnu footprint feet
Left: Vishnu’s Feet
Depiction of Vishnu-pada (footprints of Vishnu) as an object of worship. Embellished with auspicious symbols associated with Vishnu, such as the throne, conch, flag and fish. – Jaipur, Rajasthan, mid-19th century The National Museum, New Delhi 82.410

Artistic Charts

These are done for an artistic effect, for visual stimulation, attraction and mostly for selling products. For example Reebok produced a Reflexology ad using a very artistic chart. The body shop had a reflexology massaging tool and printed on the outside of the bag was an artistic reflexology chart.

What Reflexology Chart should I use then?

An interesting point: When a reflexologist, no matter what chart they use, produce positive results. The real question then is … what reflexology chart speaks to you? Which reflexology chart is the easiest for your clients to understand and attracts them to want to receive a session from you?

You can get a Reflexology Chart right here

We at Balancing Touch have created a series of Reflexology Charts called The Reflexology Visual Dictionary Series which is composed of Reflexology Charts, Books and DVD’s.
The Main Foot Chart or Map: Balancing Touch’s FOOT CHART
Reflexology charts by anatomical systems: Anatomical Reflexology Charts

Want to become more flexible in 3 minutes?

We'll you can with Reflexology and more specifically Ear reflexology. 
This is also a cool party trick? Try this simple ear massage to become more flexible and even improve your overall health.
The ear massage process

Assessment - Look over your right shoulder keeping your shoulders square to the body and pick a spot on the wall that is the furthest you can see, take a mental snap shot. Repeat over the left shoulder. Then bend over without moving your feet and see how close your hands can get to the floor.

The ear massage
 1. Unfold the ears - start at the top of the ear using your index finger and thumb, unfold the flap on the outside edge of the ear and work your way down to the ear lobe. Repeat 3 more times

2. Stretch in four directions - grab the tip of the ear and pull up, grab the middle of the ear and pull back, grab the ear lobe and pull down, then put your index finder in the ear hole touching that little flap and pull out. Up, back, down and out. Repeat 3 more times. 

3. Ear massage - Using your index and thumb massage the entire ear releasing little cracks and crunches you hear. Do this until the ears are red and very warm.

The Check Assessment - Repeat the Assessment,  look over your right shoulder then left shoulder and then bend over and touch the floor.

Did you notice any change? 
Most people notice a huge change, they are able to look and bend way farther then they could 3 minutes ago. Some people might experience more suble changes like they might feel more relaxed, clearer mind or even an energy boost. Some people do not notice anything and this is also fine.

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More flexibility with Ear reflexology 
What did we work? - Ear Reflexology

The ears represent the whole human body like a fetus/baby just before it is born (see - Image 1with the spine on the outside of the ear, the head in the earlobe and the rest of the body on the inside of the ear.

So what we worked in the video above was basically the spine and then a quick once over the whole body. 

This is a great exercise to do right before an exam or if you are stuyding and are feeling a little sleepy this will give you a little energy to pull you through. The ears are also very easy to work ... when at a stop light or waiting for a bus. Enjoy your ears! 
Happy Reflexology, 

Here is another interesting ear video I found and wanted to share.

Anatomical Reflexology Charts Complete

The complete set of reflexology anatomical charts or maps
The Reflexology Visual Dictionary Series now has a complete set of  reflexology anatomical charts.

About the Project
Being a reflexology instructor I wanted to create an easier understanding of the foot/body connection for my students

I had not seen too many reflexology charts that had all the body parts illustrated right on the feet so, I figured that would be a good place to start. This seemed to be an easy enough task, right? not so easy ... ran into a major problem, which I think a lot of other reflexology charts ran into. The issue: a 2 dimensional chart was trying to express that of a 3 dimensional foot and body. For example the kidneys get buried behind the stomach and liver when you are using the anatomical drawings or pictures. It makes sense to me now why a lot of the reflexology maps out there are simple outlines that are labeled with the organ names rather than a clear drawing or picture of the actual body part. This problem has turned into a blessing because now I have created all the systems of the body in a visual clear way. This project is a lot of work / play and is still growing but now there is a set of charts to show. 

I have a deep respect for those who are brave enough to tackle a Reflexology chart and for the great variety of Reflexology charts that are out there. If one speaks to you that may just be the right Reflexology Chart for you. 
Happy Reflexology
Yours warmly,

To see the complete set please visit The Reflexology Visual Dictionary Series at www.balancingtouch.ca

The power of Sesame oil

I keep running into the benefits of massaging with sesame oil. I first heard about it when I was reading Perfect Health-The Complete Mind Body Guide by Deepak Chopra. He mentioned doing a daily massage using Sesame oil and how beneficial it is for anxiety and stress so, I tried it and after only one time I felt great. I have been recommending it to my reflexology clients and many have had great results. 

A little Background:
Sesame seeds were one of the first crops processed for oil as well as one of the earliest condiments. Sesame oil is also used in many Ayurvedic (a system of traditional medicine native to India) medicines, for treating various ailments like pacifying stress related symptoms. 

Sesame seed oil absorbs quickly and penetrates through the tissues to the very marrow of the bone. Sesame seed oil helps joints keep their flexibility. It keeps the skin supple and soft. It heals and protects areas of mild scrapes, cuts and abrasions. 

Which Sesame oil do you use?

For the best results choose a sesame oil that is cold-pressed, and organic. The oil will look like the oil in the picture above NOT the dark brown coloured toasted Sesame oil, that is for cooking.

Steps to cure or purify your Sesame Oil: 
When you follow this process it makes the oil so it does not go rancid. Usually sesame oil only lasts about 3-6months after opening.
  1. Purchase cold-pressed, chemical-free organic sesame oil which offers the best results for massage.
  2. Pour the oil into a sauce pan.
  3. Use low heat, and don't leave the oil on heat unattended
  4. Wait until you start to see steam or bits of smoke rising from the oil (like mist rising off a lake in the early morning) DO NOT boil!
  5. Remove from heat and set it aside to cool down (I put it outside because it has quite a strong smell)
  6. Pour it into a container for storage. You can use the same bottle it came in which is usually a glass container.
  7. Massage with the oil ... Enjoy! Sesame oil is easier than most oils to wash out of cloths but still be cautious with the cloths you wear.

Massage with Sesame Oil:
When using the oil as a massage oil, stroke the long limbs up and down. Use circular motions over all joints to stimulate the natural energy of those joints. I find it best to do a full body massage just before I get into the shower. Here is a link on how to give yourself a massage: Click HERE to watch a Youtube Video on self massage 

Reflexology FOOT CHART #2

Adam C.O. Thomas talks about his creation Balancing Touch's Reflexology FOOT CHART. He covers 4 main points about what he thought was important in creating the Reflexology Chart. First point was to make it as easy to understand as possible, second point wanted it to look professional, third point was to print using the most environmentally friendly technologies as possible and last point to do all the previous points and still make it affordable.

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Muscular Reflexology

Yahoo ... Another Body System Complete.

The Visual Dictionary Series Presents: The Muscular System

So many many muscles Yikes!!! ... finishing this chart has been a great challenge. Some modifications had to be made to show the different layers of the muscles. The Right Foot side and Right side of the Body display the top muscles while the Left of the Body shows the deeper muscle groups.

Gaining visual understanding of how the muscles line up on the feet allows a Reflexologist to go deeper into the amazing world of Reflexology. Science has been revealing how important and powerful visualization can be in the healing of our bodies and lives.

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Happy Reflexology!
Yours warmly,

Working with many Anatomy books and charts

Yippy ... I'm getting somewhere.
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Reflexology Desserts to de-stress

Dessert anybody?

Desserts are what my Reflexology instructor called the relaxation or warm up techniques in Reflexology. I really like this term ... she also used to say "we are lucky as Reflexologists because we get to have Dessert, before, during and after a Reflexology session". Another great thing about calling them Desserts is in the name. Take the De turn the sserts around and you get De-Stress ... which in my opinion is the main benefit of these techniques.

It seems to be the simple things, the most fundamental techniques in Reflexology that can have the most impact in a session.

One of my first experiences with the power of Reflexology

I was working at a hair salon downtown Vancouver on week-ends during my Reflexology practicum. I had an elderly lady who wanted to work on her balance and mobility, she came in every week with her walker. After about 2 months of weekly appointments she just stood up and started walking out of the session room towards the front to pay for her session. I was in complete shock as I followed her with her walker.
So, what Reflexes did I work?
One of the things that surprised me the most was after the first session with her I had decided to only work desserts since I found her feet so rigid, that I found no point in working all the Reflexes until her feet had loosened up. I would work an entire 45minutes doing Reflexology Desserts, making sure to relax every muscle and tendon in her feet and ankles with gentle stretches. I did not even get to the Reflexes and she was already walking with ease and grace. Totally amazing.
These Desserts were the first techniques I became familiar with, and now I know how powerful they are. These Reflexology Desserts can be used as an entire session all on their own.
I have make some quick videos explaining these in detail and I have included the links below. Enjoy! Happy Reflexology!!!
yours warmly,

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