I am a huge fan of hand and foot reflexology. I've had a goodly number of professional sessions, as well as reading and owning several books on it. I'm not a professional, but I am
an amateur reflexologist, performing it on myself, family, and friends.
The thing that I first noticed about reflexology is how fast it works. I've even had massage therapists tell me, "I can work for 10 minutes on a spot on your foot or I could work for an hour on the actual body part," like shoulders, neck, etc.
The second thing I noticed about reflexology is how energized I was when each session was over. If you've ever had a professional body massage, then you know it's great, but you may also know the feeling of "I've had a massage and I can't get up," that is you're too relaxed. Whenever I've gotten done with a reflexology session however, I feel energized and ready to go do something.
For those who don't know, reflexology can be a big help when working on parts of the body too injured to actually touch, for instance if someone has a broken bone or a burn. And likewise it's great for massaging parts of the body that ordinarily can't be reached, think inner organs, the inner part of your ears, and your brain.
Okay, onto the main topic at hand. According to one of the books I have (Total reflexology: Everything you need to unlock the healing power of your body
, by Kevin and Barbara Kunz), massaging your diaphragm/solar plexus area will help with insomnia, depression, anxiety, and stress. Let me say that again. You're massaging the exact same area when treating any of these. Now I find this fascinating for multiple reasons. If you know about insomnia or depression, then you know either one can lead to the other, and so both are often present at the same time. If you know about the chakras, then you know our solar plexus chakra is our personal will center. It makes sense to me that if we are feeling thwarted, stressed, depressed, or anxious, this area would also be affected.
But, wait, there's more. If you have adrenal issues, then a few more places to check for pain on the bottom of your foot are the parts that relate to (1) the pituitary gland (the master gland of the endocrine system, of which the adrenals are a part), (2) your adrenal glands, (3) your brain stem, and (4) your pancreas. This is a fun test! It might be tender, but it's fun, I swear. And it will give you some immediate feedback on how those body parts are feeling.
Okay, Ann, tell me where to find those parts already! To get a FREE printable download of the feet charts (top and bottom of both feet), go to this site, scroll down and follow the directions for the free printable charts. They will shoot them to you via email within about 5 minutes.http://www.circlesoflight.com/alternative/reflexology-chart.html#re...
The book I cited (or really any by the Kunzes) will have both feet and hand charts as well as lots of information on techniques and what to massage for what ailments. I purchased the book in a boxed set that included reflexology gloves and socks, as well as two reflexology tools, all for less than $20. Such a deal! The gloves and socks have all the body parts drawn on them in vivid colors. Put them on and massage away. Fun.
Happy feet, happy body, happy life!
Let me know if this helps or if you have any questions, eh. :D