The Chinese discovered the meridian system approximately 3,000 years ago and the

concept has gone from strength to strength to become a well-developed and researched

science today.

The meridians are a network of energy channels or electrical pathways covering the

body that are similar to the zones that are traditionally known in Reflexology. There are

twelve major meridians, each passing through the one side of the body and having a

mirror image on the other side.

A basic understanding of the meridians can help a Reflexologist understand the disease

pathways and assist them in pinpointing problem areas. The electric energy running

through these meridians is known as Chi’. This energy is derived from the food we eat

and the air we breathe, and is considered to be

“the root of life”; the vital energy within the body that nourishes body

and mind. A healthy diet, exercise, healthy breathing, good posture and limited stress will maximise Chi’ and ensure a

healthy individual. A poor diet, lack of exercise, poor breathing, poor posture and high levels of stress will deplete Chi’;

causing imbalances within the system that may ultimately result in disease.

When the meridians are running on a low current, evidence will be felt in the form of congestions along these pathways.

These congestions are many of the diagnostic conditions that most people suffer from; such as sinus problems, breast

lumps, constipation, headaches and knee pains. These are in fact one and the same problem; toxic molecules sticking

together, obstructing the energy flow along the meridians.

A closer study of the meridians reveals that there are six main meridians found in the

feet, specifically the toes; namely the meridians that penetrate the main organs; liver,

spleen/pancreas, stomach, gall bladder, bladder and kidneys. A Reflexology treatment

will therefore stimulate and clear congestions along all these meridians, allowing energy

to flow freely and return the body to a state of balance. If, for example, pain, irritation

or any other condition does not improve satisfactorily through treatment, a Reflexologist

should observe the meridian that transverses the part of the body in question

and specifically treat the reflex area of the organ related to that Meridian.

Certain conditions on the feet such as bunions, plantar warts, corns, calluses and nail

conditions should also be looked at as evidence confirming problems and congestions

along the meridian in question. The Reflexologist should be able to associate these

problems to teach their patients about the underlying cause and encourage them to

take responsibility for their lifestyle changes.

A disorder in the stomach meridian, for example, may cause upper toothache as this

meridian passes through the upper gums. Lower toothache may be the result of a disorder

of the large intestine meridian. The meridians can be used simply and effectively

for a better understanding of a wide range of conditions affecting the body.

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