Dorthe Krogsgaard and Peter Lund Frandsen, of Touchpoint in Denmark, are leading reflexologists and use a combination of Classical and Nerve Reflexology (working the bony part of the feet to stimulate the central nervous system). In their article on Stress - therapy’s worst enemy? they give particular advice for reflexologists when working on the origin of autonomic nervous system on the plantar (sole) of the feet. They suggest ways of working on reflexes for the Sympathetic and Para-sympathetic systems:
Fig 1 Working Sympathetic Reflexes.
The sympathetic reflexes are located along the first metatarsal and on the first cuneiform bone.
Fig 2 Working Parasympathetic reflexes
The parasympathetic reflexes have two parts, one in the brainstem corresponding to the distal phalanx of the great toe reaching across the joint with the proximal phalanx. One efficient way of working these reflexes against the bone, is to place the thumb flat from medial against the bone, and then swing it around toward the plantar side, thus gently pushing away the soft tissue and getting the clear contact with the bony surface.
When working these areas classical reflexology techniques may be used to work through both sympathetic and parasympathetic systems and then let the body do the rebalancing of these systems.
If preferred, the techniques could be thought of in terms of stimulation and sedation. In stress situations, it would be beneficial to stimulate the parasympathetic side and relax the overloaded sympathetic branch.
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