Reading The Reflexology Hand Chart
Like the reflexology foot chart, it is equally important to understand how the organs, regions and systems of the body are represented on a reflexology hand chart.
For all practical purposes, reflexology on the hands provides virtually the same results as reflexology on the feet. If you look closely at the reflexology hand chart below, you will see that all the reflexology regions that exist on the feet are also represented on the hands. So, when a reflexologist provides hand reflexology, they are enhancing and reinforcing a foot reflexology treatment.
When answering the question, “What is reflexology?” A trained reflexologist will always refer to a reflexology hand chart, in addition to a reflexology foot chart, to answer the question in a comprehensive and complete manner. He or she may also refer to an Auricular Reflexology Chart or outer ear reflexology chart, as well. Outer ear reflexology is a powerful form of reflexology as it incorporates many of the principles of acupressure and energy medicine. These are all considered different types of reflexology and I will discuss them more fully in another article. For now, understanding a hand reflexology chart and how it complements a foot reflexology chart is an important discussion.
This hand reflexology chart shows how the body is represented on the top and sides of the hands – and down to the wrists, as well. And like the feet, all the major organs and bodily areas from the head to the tailbone are depicted.
In the planning of a reflexology treatment that includes the hands, a reflexologist will consult a reflexology hand chart. And, even though most reflexologists know this information by rote, it is always best to go over a reflexology hand chart with the client while they are both viewing the chart. Engaging and educating a client engenders confidence and comfort. It also provides an opportunity for a client to participate more actively in their treatment by asking questions and applying the learned object lessons to their own hands after going over the hand reflexology chart with their reflexologist. this alone can ensure a client returns for additional treatments, which are the subtle benefits of reflexology for both client and practitioner.
A trained, professional reflexologist will always partner with their client. This means they will communicate to their clients what they can expect in their reflexology treatment and will support their need to ask questions and/or make comments during their session. Going over a hand reflexology chart and a foot reflexology chart with a client may take a little extra time, but once a client knows what they can expect, they are excited and willing to proceed. As a result, the entire treatment is experienced on a much higher level.
When receiving hand reflexology, a client may experience a minor pain or some unusual sensation they have never felt before, either in their hand or somewhere in their body. A natural curiosity and potential concern will arise and, if the sensation is in the hand, they will want to know what that part of the hand represents in the body. A quick look at the reflexology hand chart will provide the answer. The reflexologist will communicate compassionately with their client, offering potential answers and explanations while addressing the area in question.
It is important to note that while the theory behind reflexology zones and reflexes and their connection to areas of the body, reflexology is not a diagnostic tool. Nor should it be relied on as one. It should be viewed as a type of signaling system that provides potentially accurate, valuable and actionable information regarding the status of a particular part, region or system of the body. It is more of a tool for investigation – not diagnosis. This is an important distinction and a client of reflexology should not rely upon reflexology as their primary source of health care, but rather view it as a form of preventive care.
A foot reflexology chart and a hand reflexology chart are for the referencing and understanding of the practice of reflexology. And while they can be utilized in a more targeted and strategic fashion, this is a good general rule and is the most appropriate way to use them.
Reflexology Hand Chart Differences
Not all charts are exactly alike. Like reflexology foot charts, there are subtle differences in hand reflexology charts, as well. However, one chart does not supersede another. An educated visual perspective of how the body is represented on the hands is the key to understanding and practicing reflexology. Never underestimate the power of hand reflexology. It achieves results on par with foot reflexology.
Another Reflexology Hand Chart
On this reflexology hand chart, we now see the underside, or palm-facing side of the hands. And like the feet, by applying reflexology to the tops and the bottom of the hands, a reflexologist provides a complete reflexology session.
So, by giving a client reflexology to their hands, as well as their feet, a reflexology treatment addresses the entire body – two times over. Wow!
Providing reflexology to the hands is a wonderful way to finish a reflexology treatment. After a reflexologist has finished providing reflexology to their client’s feet, the client is usually super-relaxed, drowsy or even sleeping. In order to bring the client out of their subdued state, providing reflexology to the hands not only wakes up the client, it offers the benefits of receiving additional reflexology.
Once the hands have been completed, the session is officially at an end. By this time, the client is usually awake and smiling. At the end of the session, the reflexologist will ask their client to inhale and exhale deeply – within their comfort level – and lightly flex their muscles and begin slow movements while still lying on the table. Depending on the level of relaxation from which the client is returning, presenting a client with a glass of water will usually “bring them back” more quickly and help them get grounded.
At this time, the reflexologist will inquire as to the well-being of their client and possibly go over the reflexology hand chart one last time to point out ways in which the client can provide themselves with reflexology between professional sessions.