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Abstract by: Spiros Dimitrakoulas

The most common questions among students of reflexology, reflexologists and body workers in general regarding the practical part of their art is, depending on the nature of their clients problem(s), where to rub (press), how strong (pressure) and for how long (duration)?

These questions need to be answered every time we hold a pair of feet in our hands, either the first time or every other time after that. Independent of the school of thought you have been trained, Orthopedic Reflexology supplements your existing knowledge by answering these questions every single time!

Orthopedic Reflexology (OR) is based on the teachings of Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, Galen and Aurelius Celsus who clearly documented the "rubbing" of the limbs to disperse the head and trunk of waste matter in his book De Medicina. This regards the art of rubbing – Anatripsis. Hippocrates wrote small concise passages on rubbing which he considered easy to learn and apply. Scattered in the Hippocratic corpus many references to rubbing (and of the feet) can be found, Orthopedic Reflexology (OR) is about utilizing the experience one has obtained in discriminating the reflex areas or the condition of the foot’s tissues and then applying the correct technique, the proper amount of pressure for the appropriate amount of time to achieve the medium as taught by Hippocrates in order for nature to heal.

There are so many different charts, which one is the best to learn, to use? Orthopedic Reflexology practitioners never stop learning, this is the fundamental concept of Hippocrates, they always seek knowledge, and thus they will study and learn as many charts as possible. We use the condition of the tissues of the feet to guide us; the body’s internal doctor will tell us what to do, if we listen to the feet. Orthopedic Reflexology charts are anatomical foot charts, knowing these charts help us to understand zones, meridians, and fascia but also to effectively manipulate the feet.

Orthopedic Reflexology is also about learning the history, trying to understand why and how reflexology works, or why it does not. By trying to understand about pain, the nervous system and when to work the feet or hands, face or ears, and the effect the body’s internal – external environment has on it.