After a session most people will feel very relaxed. They may also feel refreshed and revived or extremely tired. Either response is fine. Remember that the body heals when it sleeps so if you feel tired after a zone, allow your body time to relax and rebuild.
The purpose of the zone is to help bring the body into balance. The body knows what it needs to work on, in the order it needs to be worked on. Because it can take up to four days after a zone for the body to accomplish what the zone has set in motion, there have been times when a client felt relaxed and fine after the zone and three days later face-planted on the bed and slept for 12 hours. It’s all part of the body’s energy systems balancing themselves.
The foot zone technique treats the body as a whole and doesn’t treat specific diseases or problems but rather balances the body to bring it to a state of homeostasis. Although I cannot claim direct healing effects and cures, I have seen remarkable results during and after a session. There have been many people that have experienced relief from headaches, back pain, digestive and sleep disorders, depression, auto immune failure, the common cold/flu, relief of stress, difficulty in conception, and many other health problems.
Does it hurt?
When the signals on the feet are blocked, it’s my job to try to open them back up. Most people will feel a pressure or a slight burning in the area that is being worked if the signal is off. Of course, not every signal will be blocked, but for those that are, the discomfort only lasts as long as I’m on the signal. Because I trust the body to bring itself into balance, I don’t force a signal to open but rather I stimulate it which allows the body to do what it needs to do to open the signal. That means that a signal may be blocked for only one session or for a few.
Either way, I work directly with you and communicate with you throughout the session to determine the level of pressure that is right for you. My purpose is not to kill you with pain to but to assist the body so it can healing itself.
How long does a Foot Zone session take?
The foot zone itself will typically take about 45 minutes. The size of the feet will play a part and feet that have a lot of blocked signals will take slightly longer than those whose signals are open.
However, a session with me typically will take about 60-90 minutes. Why the additional time? My session starts with some time on the Chi Machine for those who need it. The Chi machine takes 15 minutes and supports the lymphatic and circulatory systems, loosens the lower back, balances the energy system, and helps you de-stress.
Following the Chi machine, we’ll spend a few minutes discussing any concerns and reviewing any Self-Help questions you might have. Then I’ll muscle test to determine if there are energy balancing or clearing modalities that will assist you before your zone.
Then, while your feet are soaking in a clay bath, I’ll muscle test for the essential oils that will be the most beneficial during and after your foot zone.
Following the foot zone technique, I’ll muscle test again to check for supporting energy modalities, review any blocked signals with you, and go over Self-Help recommendations.
All of this adds up to a little longer session time, but I find that including additional energy work and wellness consulting in a session results in increased and longer-lasting benefits for the client.
Could I have any side effects?
Side effects evoke bad images, so while I don’t think you’ll have side effects, there are possible effects. Remember that the body is bringing itself into balance so there are several responses that may occur.
- Some clients feel energized with more vitality.
- There may be a change in sleep patterns. Your sleep may become deeper and calmer or dreams may be more active.
- Fatigue. Your body may respond by needing more sleep so it can rest and repair.
- Emotional or psychological releases may result in crying or laughing.
- Your digestive system may be more active.
- There may be increased skin activity or perspiration.
- You could have greater clarity of thought.
- There may be a release of stress and a feeling of being more in balance.
- Frequent urination and detoxification may occur.
How each person responds to a foot zone session is unique to them and their situation. While there will most likely be some effects from a zone, they’re all part of your body coming into balance. Most people find it helpful to flush their system by drinking three glasses of water after a session and being sure to drink at least half their weight in ounces of water a day, especially for the next 3-4 days as the body completes is cycle after the zone. Adding juice from a lemon also helps support the body as it is releasing toxins.
Can this help with my emotions?
During a foot zone session, I am balancing all four parts of the body. It is believed that the signal system is a connecting link between the physical, emotional, mental, and etheric/spiritual bodies. It is also understood that the foot zone stimulates and helps balance the endocrine system of the body.
Because all four parts of the body are connected, by stimulating all four bodies, imbalances can be addressed holistically and in the order necessary to bring about balance more effectively. This may result in some emotional releases, but only for the good of the client.
That said, how much is released and how quickly it releases, is up to you. If you do not want emotions released, they will not be. The emotional, mental, and etheric/spiritual bodies are controlled by the subconscious mind of the client. Many times the client isn’t ready to address more emotional issues until after they’ve had a few sessions and have developed a certain level of trust in the process. That’s ok. Things will release, and the body will balance, in the order that it needs to and when it’s ready to.
Everybody has issues that need to be dealt with. If we brought all of them to the surface in the first zone, the body wouldn’t be able to deal with them and would more than likely go into a healing crisis.
How often should I be zoned?
That really depends on you. After our session, I’ll muscle test to see what your body is saying and then we can see what your schedule will handle.
What I typically see happening is that a new client will muscle test for several sessions 2-3 weeks apart for the first few sessions, then they might muscle test for a session one week out, and then the times begin to stretch out. After the initial 6-10 sessions, most clients schedule maintenance sessions every 4-8 weeks. However, I do have clients who come every 6 months.
It really is up to you and how you feel. Listen to your heart and your body. You will know when it’s time for another session.
Do you use a tool when you’re zoning?
I don’t use a tool. Some people will use specially designed rocks or sticks, but I find that using my thumbs and knuckles allows me to feel the signals on the feet more clearly.
Who cannot be zoned?
There isn’t anyone who wouldn’t benefit from a foot zone session! It used to be believed that those with organ or tissue transplants, pace makers, shunts and stints should avoid foot zone sessions. It’s since been discovered that this is not the case and many clients with “foreign objects” in the body have reported that complications have disappeared after experiencing foot zone sessions.
Can I learn the Foot Zone Technique?
Absolutely! I am an instructor for We Do Feet and we believe that every family should have a way to access the body in times of stress and sickness and to bring balance in the home.
The training for the Foot Zone Technique takes place over a nine month period. Classes are held on a Friday and Saturday once a month, allowing the student to take the rest of the month to practice and study. Each class is broken down to give you thorough and complete instruction, concept-by-concept, before we move on to teach the next module. During the first 4 classes you’ll learn the foot zone map and technique. During the next 5 classes you’ll learn ways to support and perfect the zone technique and I’ll help you progress from following a “map” to “feeling the signals.” Along the way, you’ll also learn the principles of success. This training is designed to help you be the best foot zone practitioner you can be.
If you would like more information on classes, the curriculum, or what it takes to learn the Foot Zone Technique, please feel free to call me at 801-292-7574 for more information.