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Saturday, 17 November 2012

Every Foot Tells A Story

                                                     Leonardo Da Vinci

Each foot has 26 bones, more than 100 ligaments, 3000 nerve endings and 19 muscles, so Leonardo was right the human foot truly is a masterpiece.

You can tell a lot by looking at someone's feet. From the size, lines, temperature and colour of the skin to the spacing and shape of the toes, every foot tells a story.

A lot of people don't like their feet but they are making a big mistake. Our feet should be treasured. After all we wouldn't get far without them, metaphorically and literally.

Foot reading (also known as podomancy, pedomancy or solistry) was a popular form of divination in China and Persia. The foot is reputed to represent the symbol of a person's soul and, like palmistry, can reveal aspects of their personality, their strengths and weaknesses as well as their past history and as a result of a reading from those who are skilled, their future prospects too. But you can make it as complicated or as simple as you like and you can certainly learn a lot from your own feet.

In foot reading each toe relates to a different aspect of ourselves. Apologies for the rough diagram!

The big toes, which represents the head area in reflexology, relate to our thoughts.

The second toe which contains the reflex points for the eye, relates to our feelings. This toe can be longer than the big toe and in such cases is called Morton's Toe after an orthopaedic surgeon called Dudley Joy Morton who believed it originated from our pre-human grasping toes. This longer second toe was idealised in Greek sculpture and became the aesthetic standard throughout the Renaissance and beyond. The Statue of Liberty has toes of this proportion.

The third toe relates to what we are doing (or have done) with our lives and also to our creativity so if you are struggling with a creative block this is the toe to give some attention to as well as massaging the area just beneath the ball of the foot. This area is the diaghragm reflex point in reflexology and by massaging this it helps you to relax, to breathe more deeply and to take in all that life has to offer.

The fourth toe relates to communication. If you are having problems speaking up or communicating with someone work on this toe which can often be 'crowded out' or hemmed in by the others.

And the little toe relates to family and security. This toe is also known as the 'confidence' toe so if you're feeling a bit wobbly in that area, just give this toe a bit of tlc and feel your confidence levels rise!

The foot can also be divided horizontally these sections. So the base of the foot, the heel area,
relates to family and security, the area just above the heel is communication, the area just below the ball of the foot is creativity/doing, the ball of the foot (where the heart reflex lies) is feelings and the toes fall into the thoughts section.

Massaging your feet, or even someone else's can have amazingly beneficial effects in all areas of our lives. So if you do one nice thing for yourself today, treat your feet either with some nice moisturiser or a few drops of essential oil in a couple of tablespoons of a carrier oil such as almond. I find geranium, peppermint or lavender work well or even a combination of all three.

Give your feet some tender loving care and I guarantee they will reward you in ways you never imagined.


  1. My grandfather used to say "You've only got two of them ...look after them and you'll be ok!" He was so right....

    I love having reflexology sessions...but haven't had one for ages.Note to an the meantime, where is my lavender oil?

  2. Thank-you Bridget. Grandparents are wise and wonderful people aren't they? Hope you are feeling better and that you get your reflexology session soon.

  3. "26 bones, 100 ligaments, 3000 nerve endings" No wonder my feet hurt me so much at the end of a day. I accept that foot massage is beneficial and all those facts you give us are compelling but I still don't like having my feet massaged. I know. I'm weird.