Q: What is Foot Zoning?
Foot Zoning is precise, directed pressure to the various “zones” of the feet. The Zone Therapy practitioner observes the foot and interprets the “messages’ it conveys through discoloration, texture and tenderness.
When a signal point is triggered within a certain zone, a message goes to the tissue or organ effected, through a reflex arc to the spinal cord and then to the brain. Discomfort is experienced in the areas of imbalance–areas where healing is needed.
Zone Therapy stimulates every organ, elevates energy, establishes balance and renews the cell system in each treatment.
Zone Therapy is a holistic approach which recognizes that all of the body’s cells and organs make up a complex and interactive human being.
Q: What is a Zoning session like? Will it be like a foot massage?
Typically, your first session will take a bit longer than successive sessions. I'll be going over an intake form with you to discuss what you wish to accomplish with zoning and to determine a care plan that works best for you.
After discussing your plan, you'll be brought into the session room where you are invited to remove your shoes, lay down on the massage table, and make yourself comfortable. The Foot Zoning will take approximately an hour, sometimes slightly longer depending on the client. First, I will examine your feet to seek out any unusual textures or discolorations. This will give me an indicator of areas that may have an issue. Second, my goal will be to get you relaxed and increase circulation to your feet. After that has been accomplished, the foot zone therapy can begin. Some maneuvers of the foot zone session may feel like a foot massage, but rest assured, each movement is a focused action on specific parts of the body. During the session, I'll be feeling for "clicks" or slight "popping" feelings. This indicates movement and opening in areas. You may even notice the use of some foot zone tools that help to facilitate these occurrences.
Everyone's experience is different with Foot Zoning. Some will fall asleep during a session, some will find there are some areas of pressure or tenderness during the session, and some may not notice anything of significance during a session.
In the event there is some pressure or tenderness noted, it usually signals a blocked zone. My job as the Foot Zone Practitioner is to work through those areas to help them become unblocked. That being said, I will not force an area to open, but I will work on (with a tolerable pressure for you) for a few moments, giving the body time to fall into its innate healing abilities. This may take one session or a few sessions to accomplish this.
Q: What should I expect after a session?
The after effects of a foot zone can be different for each individual. For many, foot zones may relieve issues like headaches, sinus issues, back pain, digestive and sleep disorders, depression, auto immune dysfunction, the common cold/flu, relief of stress, difficulty in conception, and many other health problems. Relief may be found after the first session or following sessions for various ailments. That being said, the effects of a foot zone can last up to 4 days. Some might feel peaceful and relaxed immediately after a session, but then feel worn out and fatigued a few days later. Others might feel tired immediately after a session and then experience a boost in energy a few days later. Then, there are those that have no noticeable effects after a session, but slowly realize over several sessions that the body feels different or lacking without one. All of these are completely normal. The body will be detoxing and re-balancing, so allow whatever response is needed to give your body time to rebuild and reset.
Q: Are there any side effects?
I've had people ask me if there are any adverse side effects from foot zones, or if foot zoning would make their current health issues worse. The short, uncomplicated answer is "No". Foot zoning uses the same energy meridians as other energy modalities, like acupuncture. It is all about resetting and balancing your body to help it return to its innate healing abilities. A trained, experienced Foot Zone Practitioner that has sat with you, interviewed you, and learned your history, will have your best interest in hand.
That being said, some might notice some normal occurrences after a session, such as:
-An increase in energy.
-A feeling of relaxation or stress release.
-An emotional release.
-Increased digestive activity.
-Deeper sleep and/or more active dream states.
-Frequent urination due to detoxification.
Hydrate well over a few days time immediately after a foot zone. The best practice is the standard recommendation of 1/2 your body weight in ounces, but even the previous recommendation of 64 oz a day will provide you with a good basis for hydration (if you aren't able to complete half your body weight in water ounces).
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