Could the popular proverb, “Eyes are the windows to the soul,” be outdated? Apparently, we need to look no further than the soles of our feet to understand what is going on inside our heads and bodies. Over a lifetime, our feet transform as a result of change. These changes could be due to life experiences, or changes in personal beliefs or self-perceptions. Characteristics of feet not only reveal personality traits, but can serve as indicators of health and well-being. If you are seeking answers about your physical or emotional state, examining your feet or seeking a professional foot reader might not be a bad place to start.
However, if you are experiencing persistent physical or emotional problems, be sure to visit your general practitioner or specialist. Self-improvement and self-awareness are always worthy pursuits, and for a starting point you may have to look no further than your two trusty feet. If you are looking for ways to optimize your health – physically, mentally, and emotionally, check out this course offered from Udemy and learn about the foundations to improve wellness.
Professionals who perform foot readings believe that feet register changes in our lives and examining features of the feet can reveal a person’s inner struggles and life experiences (both emotional and physical). In this regard, the feet serve as a mirror to the rest of the body. It is easy to recognize changes in mood when looking at someone’s body language, posture, and complexion. Similarly, changes can be reflected in your feet by studying the color, texture, shape, and proportions. This is why the art of foot reading has been a popular healing practice in India and China for over 5,000 years. Another practice influenced by traditional medical systems of India, China, and Southeast Asia is Thai massage. Developed in Thailand, Thai massage is a system of massage and assisted stretching. Udemy offers an introductory course on Thai massage to encourage relaxation and body renewal.
What Should I Look For When Reading My Feet?
Jane Sheehan, author of the book ‘Let’s Read Our Feet’ states that when she sees a bunion, she is focusing on the angle of the lean of the big toe towards the little toe. Bunions are a sign you are doing too much for others and not enough for yourself. The degree to which the big toe is deformed towards the little toe shows the degree you are out of balance in an area of your life. If you feel out of balance, the Hindi tradition of balancing chakras is another healing technique that focuses on various parts of the physical body controlling other areas.
Wide feet are a sign of a hard working person who is giving and constantly helping others. People with wide feet often find it difficult to sit and do nothing. People with narrow feet are good at delegating to others and have an appreciation for luxuries in life.
A high arch is a sign of strong inner resources. People with high arches enjoy spending time alone. They can still be sociable but need time to independently recharge. People with high arches can take on too much and do not openly accept help from others. On the other hand (or should I say foot?), flat footed individuals are often sociable and enjoy the company of others. They often need support from others and are happy to accept help.
Gap Between Big Toe and Second Toe
People with this gap often have delayed reactions between their logical and emotional reactions. Often after making a quick decision, they regret it later. They often need more time to think before making decisions. The bigger the gap, the more delayed the reaction often leaving the individual troubled regarding choices they have made.
People afflicted with athlete’s foot tend to let things get under their skin, so to speak. They can be irritable at times and do not respond well when they feel people are standing in their way or interfering with their progress.
Christina Pirello, the author of Glow, says that larger feet are an indication of sound health in the middle region of the body (pancreas, spleen, stomach, liver, gallbladder, and kidneys). However, people with smaller feet have stronger health in the lower and upper regions (lungs, large intestine, heart, and small intestine).
Change in Foot Size
If your feet have grown a shoe size, it may be due to relaxation of tension in the tendons and ligaments. Something has usually changed in life and now they want recognition for merits. You are often happier to be thrust into the limelight. Your feet might have shrunk a shoe size due to tension in the tendons and ligaments. Something has usually changed in your life. You need to take time to assess situations before moving forward. You value privacy and are observant.
Compare the color of the skin of your feet with that of your ankles. A paler foot can indicate poor blood circulation and fatigue. Yellowness could be a sign that you are fed up with an ongoing situation.
Flexibility signifies strength as well as good health and healthy attitude. Stiff feet could be a sign of hardening the arteries and a diet high in saturated fats. It could also be a sign of someone with a rigid attitude or narrow mindedness.
Ireflexology.com describes the following three characteristics of the toes:
- A long second toe indicates leadership qualities.
- If the last joint of third toe is angled you have the natural ability to deceive as well as the ability to be misunderstood.
- An extra-small little toe signifies a playful, childlike nature.
Reflex Foot Therapy
Hopefully, examining the above characteristics of your feet will give you a better understanding of yourself, or help with ways to improve personal satisfaction and quality of life. Foot readings can be done alone as a therapeutic treatment to help with self-discovery or pinpoint problems, or a reading can be done prior to foot reflexology. Reflexology manipulates specific points on the body (in this case the feet) which correspond to other parts of the body. When using reflexology, a practitioner will use points on the feet that correspond with specific organs, bones, and body systems. Accessing these points can affect the specific areas. Reflexology also helps release stress and balance the body’s energy. Reflexologists also consider the relationship between our emotions and the different parts of our bodies using a reflexology foot map. Lois Rix, a certified reflexologist, includes an image of a foot reflexology chart on her website.
Acupressure is a reflex therapy as well as they both manipulate (through touch) points on the body to affect other parts of the body. Some of the health benefits of acupressure are that it increases circulation, reduces pain, and releases tension. To learn more about acupressure, explore this course from Udemy , which will show you how relieve your pain using traditional Chinese massage points.
If your body is feeling imbalanced, you are looking for ways to improve your lifestyle, or you are simply curious if your feet reflect your personality, a foot reading could prove beneficial. Daily stressors can quickly build up and affect your personal health as well as relationships with others. If your feet tell you are overstressed, or you simply want to make a change, the course Stress Reduction & Wellness will help you to identify, reduce, and cope with stress and examine how it affects your physical and emotional health.