Foot Zone

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What Is Foot Zoning?

The short answer? Foot zoning brings the body into balance so it can heal itself.

It does this by accessing the map of signals on the feet that corresponds to every part of the body. This map of signals (of your body) on your feet is the perfect blueprint; the perfect blueprint of who you are, what your body was created to be. When we trigger those signals, we’re reminding the body of that perfect blueprint, of what it is supposed to be. We use specific techniques to do this. It is done mainly with the hands but sometimes tools are also used. The movements are made in a circular motion to mimic the way DNA moves and rotates in our bodies.

Foot Zoning is the therapy in which pressure, strokes, and other techniques are used to affect signals in the feet. These signals relay messages to organs, tissues, and systems in the body to correct imbalances. A map of four zones of the feet is followed to ensure each signal and system is worked. Each treatment is basically the same for every person, although each body responds uniquely.

Throughout the zone, we look for disturbances, imbalances, and energy blockages by the way it feels and looks in the feet. Foot zoning is a holistic approach focusing on the body as a whole rather focusing on an illness or one body part or system. As we unblock energy it helps our cells and DNA to balance, restore, rejuvenate, and repair our bodies.

History of Foot Zone Therapy

Used throughout history, foot zone therapy has been in many areas of the world such as Europe, China, India, Japan, and Egypt. In North America Cherokee tribes also practiced a form of foot zoning.

In the twentieth century, Foot Zoning received credibility and popularity after several doctors published information relating to Foot Zoning and its principles. Dr. William Fitzgerald, an ENT, discovered ten areas of the body and the various ways they were related to the hands and feet. He found that by applying the right amount of pressure in precise locations he was able to relieve areas of pain throughout the body. Dr. Charles Ersdal was cured from paralysis by reflexology (a form of zoning) but noticed varying results in others. He spent over 26 years researching Foot Zoning and its principles, methods, and results. Today we attribute the modern development of Foot Zone Therapy to Dr. Ersdal. He is credited with extensively charting the foot zones and their corresponding trigger points. He is also credited with creating the basic standardized methods used today. His research and experience led him to the determination that you needed to treat the whole body to get the full benefit from a foot zone treatment. That is why today we give a similar zone to each person each time. The focus may change but the order in which we zone is the same.

Certified Foot Zone Professionals are available all over the world and Foot Zoning has developed into a highly respected alternative therapy.

Benefits of Foot Zoning

Why get a foot zone? While zoning the therapist is paying attention to two things: what the foot looks like and how it feels. As they assess each area of the zone the practitioner may notice discoloration, puffiness, different texture, hollowness, etc. These give an indication of what body systems or organs may need attention. Each person has a unique experience as everyone’s body is different.

These are some of the benefits people are experiencing through Foot Zoning:

  • Increased Overall Sense of Well-Being and Relaxation
  • Increased Circulation
  • Better Digestion
  • Increased Oxygen Uptake
  • Improved Sleep
  • Restored Balance to your body
  • Release of Toxins - Helps rid the body of waste
  • Increased Energy
  • Quicker Recover from Injury
  • Rejuvenated Nervous System
  • Helps relieve inflammation & pain in the body
  • Improves Mood - Improves mental health & stress
  • Detoxes our body from harmful substances
  • Stimulates the lymphatic system
  • Immune System Rejuvenation

During a session we go over every organ and system to help it to balance, repair and restore. A foot zoning for the feet is like getting a tune-up for a car. Most of the time it feels like a really nice foot massage but there may be some discomfort and tenderness where there are areas of imbalance or blockage.

Who Would Benefit From a Foot Zone

Anyone really would benefit from a foot zone. A baby’s lymph system, lungs, and kidneys can often be burdened because of what the mother ate or was exposed to during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Infants and children respond really well to foot zoning. Parents may notice better concentration and calming after a zone.

It can be helpful for young girls and boys to be helped through the process of going through puberty. It helps balance hormones and can relieve symptoms of PMS, muscle aches, cramping, water retention, and emotional issues that come into play.

For women experiencing menopause, it can be a difficult time. Regular foot zone treatments seem to help the changes in hormones.

Athletes greatly benefit from a zone to increase oxygen and circulation as well as recovery. Sick individuals can feel better quicker and it can help the healing process.

Individuals that have had an organ transplant, (excluding the cornea) recent surgery, recent accident, have taken chemo treatments in the past 72 hours, or pregnant women in the first trimester or within six weeks of giving birth should not get zoned. Always ask on any other potential contraindications.

How Much is Foot Zoning

One foot zone session is $69. Magnesium foot soaks or a foot bath detox can be added additionally to your session. First time foot zones are $79.

What to Expect During a Foot Zone

Foot Zone practitioners are not licensed health care practitioners and do not practice medicine. We do not diagnose or treat any specific illness or disease. We do not prescribe medications but may make nutritional suggestions to help improve the body’s overall wellness. This is not a substitute for medical treatment. If you feel that you may have a medical condition, you should consult with a licensed individual. This technique, practice, or information is not intended to replace medical advice from your physician.

Foot Zoning works the nerve signals in the feet through a specific massage technique to stimulate the brain to affect change in the corresponding area — muscle, bone, joint, organ or system. The zone encourages the cells to return to their original healthy state. This method improves the overall health and wellness of the body. It detoxes the organs and systems in the body and stimulates the lymph system. You will enjoy benefits physically, mentally, and emotionally.

How to Prepare for a Foot Zone

A foot zone session usually takes place while sitting in a comfortable chair and typically takes about an hour. Multiple and consistent sessions are recommended in the beginning to reestablish the body’s restorative process. After this, you will be able to work with your professional to determine a schedule based on your individual needs and overall health.

It is important to make sure you are well hydrated before you get your feet zoned because your energy systems work through a communication system highly reliant on water. Also, make sure that you have eaten something healthy because your body will need energy to heal.

And of course, come with clean feet!

Kari Leonard is a certified foot zone practitioner and longtime wellness advocate. She discovered foot zone therapy as she was praying for a business that she could help people be well naturally in addition to her current work. After much prayer and researching how this could help people, she began courses with foot zone therapy to get an Advanced Foot Zone certification course through Wellness Life Zone. Kari also holds a certification as a health coach completed through Trinity School of Natural Health in 2020 as well as a CNHP certificate in 2023. But she has been coaching individuals toward better health practices since 2013. Kari is also qualified in heart healing prayer ministry. She is very compassionate and has a passion for helping others to feel well, inside and out – spiritually and physically. She believes everyone can heal as they nourish their mind, body, and spirit through healing modalities, lifestyle and habits, and most importantly Jesus, the true healer and great physician. She loves people of all ages but has a heart for working with women and children. She also has a B.A. in Elementary Education and is also certified as 100X Kingdom Entrepreneurial Coach.

FAQ’s on Foot Zones

After a session of foot zoning, most people feel relaxed and empowered. They may also feel revived or very tired. Don’t worry if you feel tired-that’s also natural. It’s your body telling you to go to sleep. The body heals itself as it sleeps, and if you feel tired after a foot zone session, you need to allow your body time to relax and rebuild.

What does a foot zone technique do?
A foot zone technique helps to bring your body into balance. When your body is stimulated through foot zone therapy, it is awakened to know what it needs and what you should do about your physical difficulties. This gives your body the opportunity to heal. It can take anywhere from 1 to 12 days after a foot zone session for your body to accomplish what the zone set in motion. You may feel relaxed and fine after the session. Many times, within a period of three days or later you may need more sleep. This feeling of fatigue is the body’s energy system balancing itself. The foot zone technique treats your body in its entirety. It doesn’t address specific disease or issues but balances the body to bring it to a state of homeostasis. Foot zone practitioners do not heal your woes directly, but there have been remarkable results that have happened during and after a session. Clients have experienced headache relief, back pain reprieve, plus digestive and sleep disorders have disappeared. Clients have felt depression lighten, autoimmune diseases ease up, stress calmed, and so much more.

Is Foot Zoning Painful?
Foot Zone acupressure is governed by similar principles as a massage therapist. Applied pressure to the body for a massage therapist is regulated on a scale of 1- 10. The rule of thumb for the massage therapist is to apply that pressure between a 5 and 7 unless the client is too sensitive to the pressure. Then the massage therapist should lighten up the pressure to assure the comfort of his or her client. This same technique is used by a well-trained, certified foot zone practitioner. In a fairly healthy person, a foot zone feels amazing and relaxing. But when the signals in your feet are blocked, and a practitioner attempts to open these signals to balance your body, you could feel uncomfortable.

Remember some acupressure signals are blocked, while others are just fine. You may feel a relaxing, or stimulating pressure, or your therapy session may feel slightly painful in areas, or uncomfortable throughout the entire foot zone, depending upon your health, the stress in your life, and your lifestyle choices.

Every foot zone is dissimilar, and everyone is different. It’s almost like peeling an onion. Every session gets you to a new layer. The foot zone is designed to allow your body to heal.

As your certified foot zone technician or practitioner works on your feet, he or she may also discuss the technique you are receiving so you understand what is happening, and to help you relax and heal.

Professional pressure applied to the zones in your feet can relieve pain in your body. Basically, the best foot zone therapy comes from highly trained foot zone practitioners who can help you ease the underlying cause of your pain.

How long does a foot zone session last?
Your first-foot zone session could take 60-75 minutes, and subsequent sessions may take about 45-60 minutes. The size of your feet, the condition of your health, and the number of questions you have will influence the time it takes to unblock the signals on your feet.

The best foot zone techniques are given by those who are trained in anatomy and physiology because they understand the body and how it works. These techniques work with the body’s intelligence and allow the body to do what it can.

Foot zone therapy means information is sent to the brain and the brain makes the corrections to your entire health system. Zone therapy is a signal or electromagnetic treatment, and it treats the body holistically rather than symptomatically as found in a reflexology treatment. When you receive foot zone therapy, your body is treated in its entirety.

When you choose a Foot Zone Therapist/Practitioner, ask questions. Each Therapist/Practitioner uses his or her own style and techniques, and one person may fit you better than another.