Why are Reflexology Charts different?

September 19, 2016

One of the most common questions we are asked is why are there so many different Reflexology charts, and which one is the correct one.

Most charts are based on reiteration or a mirror image of the body.

Zones are used to divide the body into ten segments.

A grid like system corresponds each and every body part onto the feet and hands.

Empirical Charts – charts gathered from personal experience. if someone has worked with specific problems they may have created a chart based on those patterns.

Chinese tradition – Charts based on acupuncture meridians. These charts reflect correspondence with other parts of the body but not in a reiterative pattern.

Artistic Charts – Charts done for an artistic effect. These charts are not usually accurate, as they are usually created for eye appeal. For example the sports company Reebok produced a Reflexology ad that had a very artistic chart.

Ancient Charts – These are abundant throughout Asia. There are a number of pictographs and symbols whose meaning has been lost. Buddha’s footprints are an example of this.

Reiterative Charts – Charts that mirror the body’s image. These charts are built based on zones to reflect the body in miniature on a body part.

The most amazing thing that we have found is that all of these charts seem to work for the Reflexologist who uses them.


4 Responses to “Why are Reflexology Charts different?”

  1. Randolph Osuna Sr on November 17th, 2012 12:26 am

    As I have read and studied various chart of Reflexology from around the world , about 30 so far (and I’m sure there are more)from various cultures I think its fair to agree with the fact that which ever chart you use, they will be effective. Many of these charts and writings are hundreds and thousands of years old and have been used to health our body’s systems. Each one of the many charts must have worked to some degree to last this long. Each therapist works the maps and, If you worked the whole foot then you have covered the zones, the chart reflex points, acupuncture points and the 7,000 nerve endings.
    You have covered all the relexes now. Let’s go rub some feet !

  2. Lauren on November 17th, 2012 4:38 pm

    Hi Randolph,

    As I said in my recent podcast http://www.LaurenSladeShow.com – it is my belief that the energetic workings of Reflexology explain very well how Reflexology works. How else can you explain my results when working on a phantom foot! πŸ™‚


  3. gary addis on February 23rd, 2014 9:48 pm

    Answer to your question in one word:
    Placebo effect.

  4. Lauren on May 4th, 2014 5:43 pm

    Medical literature includes a great deal of testimony that the placebo effect routinely works 30 percent of the time, with Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard stating that it may work up to 90 percent of the time.

    Studies that have utilized placebos have produced some rather remarkable, and at the same time unexplainable, results. Rather than looking at it as a nuisance, we should be looking at the placebo as a key to ascertain a remarkable phenomenon that seems to be a part of the human psyche.

    β€œIn the 1950β€²s angina pectoris, recurrent pain in the chest and left arm due to decreased blood flow to the heart, was commonly treated with surgery. Rather than doing the customary surgery, which involved tying off the mammary artery, some resourceful doctors cut patients open and then simply sewed them back up again. The patients who received a sham surgery reported as much relief as the patients who had the full surgery.”

    β€œThe effectiveness of a placebo in any given circumstance also varies greatly. In nine double-blind studies comparing placebos to aspirin, placebos proved to be 54 percent as effective as the actual analgesic. From this, one might expect that placebos would be even less effective when compared to a much stronger painkiller such as morphine, but this is not the case. In six double-blind studies placebos were found to be 56 percent as effective as morphine in relieving pain.”

    β€œIn a recent study of a new kind of chemotherapy, 30 percent of the individuals in the control group, the group given placebos, lost their hair.”

    β€œIn a study of a tranquilizer called mephenesin, researchers found that 10-20 percent of the test subjects experience negative side effects – including nausea, itchy rash, and heart palpitations – regardless of whether they were given the actual drug or a placebo.”

    The placebo effect is powerful and used by all medicinal practices around the world, whether they realize it or not. And Yes that likely includes Reflexology!!

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