How can you read feet? A foot is just a foot isn't it? How can you tell things about me from my feet? These are a few questions that people ask when I say I am a 'foot reader'. Foot Reading has its basis in modern reflexology and the synthesis between the feet and body has been charted for centuries, dating as far back to ancient Egypt, where the correlation between foot health and body health was established.
Unlike foot reflexology, foot reading aims to look deeper than just the representation of physical health onto the feet. Its primary aim is to demonstrate how the feet are a microcosm of your entire being, a mini reflection of you. From this aim stems another more personal outcome, in that it empowers the person to become more aware about their own wellbeing, attributes and potential.
Chris Stormer, a renowned expert on how feet reflect our true selves, describes as follows,
"Â?feet reflect past and present perceptions of the subconscious mind. Thoughts determine bodily conditions and mould feet according to inherent and attained belief systems."
It is this link with our subconscious that is of most interest to the foot reader. Sometimes we are blissfully unaware of ourselves and motivations unless there is a reason to confront issues in our lives. By being more aware through the focus on our feet we can allow ourselves to change positively and with less resistance if we were not equipped with this readily available self-knowledge.
A reflexology foot chart will show you the reflex points of the bodily parts, organs and systems mapped out onto the feet. This is just a starting point, as the physical body is merely a vessel for all sorts of other complicated mechanisms; our emotions, our thought patterns, our personality traits, our current focus in life and hidden subconscious desires and motivators.
So looking beyond the physical we can delve into the complex arena of who we are. This encompasses emotional, mental and spiritual outlooks; past, present and future issues; elements; thoughts and dominant traits.
The foot reader does not need to know anything about that person because it is all there presented to them via the feet. Using intuition and by deciphering the many signs and indicators on the feet, a foot reader can give feedback on what they see and interpret it according to the individual. These signs and indicators include colour changes, shape, temperature, texture, position, markings and flexibility. In relation to each other these important pointers can be read in context, matched with past and present issues and demonstrate astonishingly accurate information about that person.
We use expressions in our language to describe people related to their feet, for example, 'he is light on his feet' or 'she put her foot in it'. Initial impressions are usually instinctively correct and foot shapes are a starting point when reading the feet as they contain the overall information needed about dominant personality traits.
Here are some examples that you can try out with friends and family:
Wide feet Â? denotes active, hard working person, someone who rarely sits still, needs to be on the move. Organised and methodical.
Slender feet Â? finds it easier to relax and enjoys the pleasures in life. Likes to allow others to wait on them! Just like a princess they will often adore being spoilt.
Short feet Â? happy to stay behind the scenes, no need to seek attention as they like to sit and watch before making their move. Great in support roles where they can just get on with it.
These simple analogies can give you a brief overview of a small aspect of foot reading. Reflexologists may find foot reading helps when applied alongside their treatments. Sometimes a particular reflex may appear unbalanced or different but this may not make sense when related to that physical body part. By using their knowledge of the feet and corresponding reflex points as a subconscious reflection of that person, the reflexologist can extrapolate the underlying meaning. Here are some examples using observations of the skin:
Hard skin on throat reflex (neck of big toes) = built up protection from having to swallow undesirable verbal communication. Conceals true expression.
Yellow, hard skin on shoulder reflex (below 5th toes) = tension and resentment relating to responsibilities, can feel burdened at having to take it all on for oneself.
Flaking skin over hard skin on pelvic reflex (heels) = irritated at having to protect and justify movements. Heels relate to security for growth, movement and development.
The increase in popularity of natural therapies arises from the inability to find relief from bodily ailments in the physical world. Drugs, alcohol, food and smoking may provide temporary relief from some symptoms but cannot address the emotive causes unless a conscious change of attitude occurs. By using our knowledge of how feet reflect our subconscious and unconscious patterns, we can release ourselves from unhealthy thoughts and behaviour.
If you are interested in learning about Foot Reading or related subject areas contact Polly Hall - email@example.com.
Polly Hall MAR
www.pollyhall.co.uk for information on the next Foot Reading Workshop.
Further reading: Language of the Feet by Chris Stormer.
This article has been previously published in Connect Magazine - October 2007 issue.
About the author:Polly Hall MAR is a full time complementary therapist. She works in the South West offering Reflexology, VRT, Thai Foot Massage and Metamorphic Technique. Polly teaches reflexology and foot reading at various venues.
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