Thumb Walking This is the most used technique for doing foot reflexology. It is easy, can be done for long periods of time without straining your hand and is extremely effective on the feet. Your thumb walks forward by itself simply by you bending and unbending the thumb.
Put your hands palm together in front of your face and look at the tops of your thumbs. Then roll thumbs together at the top slightly so the nails are just touching. Feel the part of your thumbs where they are touching each other just on the inside at the top. This is the part of the thumb to use when thumb walking, the inside edge of the very top of your thumbs, (edge meaning that it is furthest away from the fingers of the same hand when the hand is put flat on a table).
Hold a pen with one hand. With the other hand, put your thumb on the pen touching it with the part of the thumb described above. Bend your thumb. Without moving anything else, simply straighten your thumb making sure that it stays in contact with the pen. You will notice two things: your thumb crept slightly forward and you are now able to apply a little bit of pressure with the part of your thumb that is touching the pen
Repeat; Bend, unbend, bend, unbend. Apply pressure at the unbend and creep forward in the bend. Practice this technique slowly, it gets easier and faster with practice. This technique is used for the entire foot. Thumb walking allows a reflexologist to apply stimulating pressure to every single part of the foot, giving a thorough and relaxing treatment.
How to do Reflexology on the Feet Begin every foot reflexology session on the right foot, do the whole foot, followed by the left.
Relaxation Exercises Massage the foot all over slowly but firmly to loosen it up, beginning at the toes moving down towards the heel, for about thirty seconds. Using both hands, hold on to the spine area with the palm of the hands- fingers on top of the foot and thumbs on bottom of the foot. Slowly and gently twist/ wring the hands away from each other in order to gently twist the spine area on the foot. This is a relaxation exercise. Loosely wring one way and the other for about thirty seconds total.
Thumb Walking the Spine Thumb walk up the spine from the bottom of the heel to the tip of the big toe. Thumb walk down the spine from top of the tip of the big toe to the bottom of the heel. Thumb walk down the spine, but across-ways- from right to left for the entire length of the inside of the foot.
Rotate the Toes Begin with big toe, continue toe by toe until the smallest end toe. Hold the toe firmly at the base of the toe, gently move in circular motions so that you are rotating and stretching the base joint that attaches the toe to the foot. Hold the toe just above the second joint and again move the joint in a large circular motion. Rotate the very top joint on the toe (the big toe only has two joints). This foot reflexology step is great for relieving headaches as it relates to all of the bones in the skull, jaw... every bone in the head.
Stimulate Meridian Points on Toes There are meridian points at the end of all the toes except the middle toe. They are pretty much under each toe nail! Support the toe and use one finger to apply pressure on the meridian point in a circular motion - clockwise, then anti-clockwise, do each toe for ten seconds beginning with the big toe and finish with the little toe
Thumb Walk the Toes Thumb walk the toes in an upwards direction. Begin at the base and move upwards in a straight line to the tip. Repeat on all sides of each toe, applying gentle but firm pressure. Begin with the big toe and finish with the little toe. The amount of pressure you use with any reflexology technique is relative to how much pressure the person is comfortable with, and so it is relaxing for them (although do be firm, too soft and you will tickle them!)
Thumb Walk Chest Area The chest area is the ball of the foot. Gently thumb walk over the entire chest area in the upwards direction, then downwards and then on an angle.
Thumb Walk Top and Back of Foot This is a very sensitive area for most people. Thumb walk from one side of the foot to the other side ie; from the toes to the ankle, for the entire top of the foot. Thumb walk from side to side- from right to left sides of the foot, for the entire top of the foot. Thumb Walk Liver/ Stomach Area The waistline is the thinnest part of the bottom of the foot and may be further up or down and is in a different spot for everyone. Thumb walk on an angle across the area between the chest area and above the waistline. Thumb walk on the opposite angle back across the area. This area contains the very important liver and stomach, depending on which foot you are working.
Thumb Walk Intestinal Area Locate the waistline on the bottom of the foot. The large and small intestines are in this area. Thumb walk on an angle across the area between the waistline and the pelvic area. Thumb walk on the opposite angle back across the same area.
Thumb Walk Pelvic Area This area relates to the Sciatic Nerve which runs up both legs. Thumb walk from left to right over this area, go all the way up either side of the heel. Thumb walk the back of the heel. Finish reflexology with a gentle relaxing massage of the foot for one minute.
Repeat on Left Foot Go back to Thumb Walking The Spine and repeat each step on the left foot.
Water Get the person receiving foot reflexology a big glass of water. Water is extremely important is receiving reflexology because it allows the blood to get rid of waste from the body. Drink heaps and heaps of water for the next 24 hours