Are you new to Foot Zone Therapy? If so, it’s natural to have questions about this modality that uses pressure points on the feet to access and bring balance to the body.
Below are some commonly asked questions about the Foot Zone Technique.
If your question isn’t answered below, you’re welcome to contact me and I’d be happy to answer any other questions you might have. Or better yet – schedule a session and find out for yourself what Foot Zone Therapy is all about!
What results can I expect?
Every body's response to a Foot Zone Session will be different. The Foot Zone Technique aids in bringing the body into balance. For some, that means that they'll be very relaxed and maybe even tired after a Foot Zone Session. Because the body heals when it sleeps, if you feel tired after a zone, allow your body time to relax and rebuild.
Others report that after a session they feel refreshed and revived and ready to go! Any of these responses is exactly right!
One of the miracles of the body is that it's designed to heal itself. As such, the body knows what to heal and the order that it needs to heal in. Because it can take up to four days for the body to finish balancing after a Zone, there have been times when a client felt relaxed and fine after their 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 a Practitioner cannot claim direct healing effects and cures, I have seen remarkable results during and after a session. There have been many people who 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, you may feel pressure, a slight burning, or even some discomfort. Of course, not every signal will be blocked, but for those that are, the discomfort only lasts as long as the Practitioner is on the signal. Because the body will bring itself into balance, there's no need for a Practitioner to force a signal to open, they merely need to stimulate or trigger the signal which allows the body to do what it needs to do to open the signal and begin the harmonizing process. That means that a signal may be blocked for only one session or possibly for a few.
Either way, your Practitioner should work directly with you and communicate with you throughout the session to determine the level of pressure that is right for you. Too much pain will put the body into a sympathetic, fight-or-flight, state which hampers the healing process.
How long does a Foot Zone Session take?
Every Practitioner is different in how they care for their client. That said, the Foot Zone portion of your session will typically take about 45 minutes. The size of the feet will play a part and feet that have a lot of blocked signals may take slightly longer than those whose signals are open.
However, some Practitioners may incorporate additional, complimentary, therapies into their session which will increase the session time; and consultation time will vary depending on the client.
When contacting a Practitioner, ask them how long you can expect a session to last.
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.
Hydration is an important factor in the detoxification process with most doctors recommending half your weight in ounces of water a day as a good general guideline. Supporting the body processes through hydration is especially important for the 3-4 days following a foot zone as the body completes its cycle after your 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, a Practitioner is 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 benefit 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.
If you’re working on a “project” or something that has a “label” then I recommend a more intensive schedule and for the first 3 sessions, you may want to schedule a Session every week; for the next three sessions, consider scheduling a Session every other week; for the next three sessions, look at scheduling a session every third week; and then for the next session try four weeks out and then re-evaluate. By then you’ve had 10 sessions and you can get a good feeling for how your body is responding and any benefits.
For clients who don’t have a “project” and are coming in for a Foot Zone Session as a part of their Self-Care Routine, then after a session, you can ask your Practitioner for a recommendation on when to schedule your next session.
If your interest in Foot Zone Therapy is because you occasionally need help bringing balance and homeostasis to your life, then you can schedule a session when you feel that you need one.
How often you get a Foot Zone is really up to you, your intent, and your purpose in seeking the services of a Foot Zone Practitioner. Listen to your heart and your body. You will know when it’s time for another session.
Do Practitioners use a tool when they're zoning?
The greatest tool a Practitioner has is their hands! That said, some Practitioners will use specially designed rocks (gems) or sticks to help them access and balance the signals. So long as they use them as a tool and not a crutch, then it's really Client and Practitioner preference. If you would prefer that your Practitioner not use a tool, just let them know. Most Practitioners are more than happy to accommodate your needs.
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 with an experienced, Certified Practitioner.
Before scheduling your session, ask the Practitioner their belief on this topic and be sure to let them know if you have any foreign objects in your body,
Can I learn the Foot Zone Technique?
Absolutely! I believe that every family needs a way to assist the body in times of stress and sickness and to bring balance in the home. The Find a Foot Zoner Near You Directory includes a list of Instructors as well as Practitioners.
When deciding on the Training Program that's right for you, contact an Instructor and ask for a copy of their Course Guide. Read through and learn about the curriculum and program. Then schedule a session with the Instructor to see how you like their technique. After you're comfortable with your decision, register with the Instructor that feels right for you!
You'll know when the time is right, and when you feel that prompting, act on it! You won't regret it!
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