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, 
Adam.


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