Each of your feet is comprised of 26 bones, 33 joints, over 3,000 nerves, a network of blood vessels, more than 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles. The feet are the shock absorbers of the body. They are extremely flexible and can withstand tons of pressure during normal activity and exercise. But what if there were more we could understand about our feet, and through them, ourselves?
From the ancient practices of China and India, the chakras that run throughout the main body are reflected in the feet. These chakras begin horizontally at the heel of each foot with the first or root chakra and culminate at the tip of each big toe with the seventh or crown chakra. Additionally, each toe on each foot is thought to represent the five elements: Ether (or Spirit), Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Meridians running vertically from toe to heel represent Destiny, Communication, Action, Relationship and Trust. Further, the left foot is seen as Yin or female, representing the past, internal matters, and the self or spirit. The right foot is Yang or male, representing the present, others and worldly concerns. The practice of reflexology, or the application of pressure to specific parts of the body was and still is thought to promote healing, based on the understanding of these ancient meridian and chakra systems.
As peoples have been conducting body work based on these energy centers in the feet, so too, have they been conducting foot and toe readings, for more than 5,000 years. A foot reading was cited in one of India’s oldest mythological poems, Ramayan. Ancient Egyptians are said to have employed the services of foot readers. Much like palmistry, the feet can be read, as well. If the feet are representative of the body and the spirit, it stands to reason that they can they store the energy of our past experiences in the same way as the body and the mind.