Congestions can be felt along the Meridian pathways
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.