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have pain in the ileocecal valve reflex area (right foot). It's at times really deep penetrating
pain. It can disperse with pressure but
sometimes it makes it worse. I eat
really healthy (semi macrobiotic).
However this on-going foot issue is a head scratcher. Any brief thoughts would be fantastic.
AnswerÖÖ It would be interesting if you could remember what was happening, or what
you were thinking about when it became Ďreally deep penetrating painí. Itís amazing what can set of a pain
Before I think about the position on your foot, letís think about the function
of the ileocecal valve. It sits at the
junction of the small and large intestine (ileum and cecum). Its critical function is to limit the reflux
of colonic contents into the ileum.
Metaphysically, in moving forward, there
is no going back; there is a need to close off from the past. We have gone through a door that has
closed. It is not meant to be
Interesting, you mention you eat really healthily, and yet you have a problem
that is showing up in the digestive system.
For all intents and purposes, you are doing the right thing but not
getting the results you expect. Is there
any other area of your life where you are doing the right thing, and not
getting the results you had hoped for?
Also it is part of the digestive system.
The overview of this system is being part of a team. If one player isnít pulling their weight,
then it adds extra work to the others.
Right foot infers something you do on a physical level.
Thinking about the position on the foot, it is in the base chakra area,
bordering on the sacral chakra. The heel
is about your place in the group, family, culture, work environment, tradition;
anything that has rules and expectations, and what you have to do to be
accepted there. The lower plantar heel
is also about emotional security. The
sacral chakra which is higher up the foot, into the soft lower arch, is more
concerned with one to one relationships, money or material security and power
games. The trick is to identify if any
of these issues have been set off when the deep penetrating pain begins.
Listening to words is another way to gather information about the core
issues. ĎDeepí and Ďpenetratingí are the
words used. What else has penetrated and
left its mark at a deep level. If there
is something that comes to mind, are you able to close the door on it?
I sometimes tell my clients that they donít always have to understand what the
cause is; they simply have to be ready to release the emotion that is holding
the pain in their foot or body.
Pain isnít in the body to make like unpleasant, so next time it comes, hold
your foot and ask what the message is that itís trying to convey. As I have
said many times, I donít I read feet. I
gather information and suggest possibilities.
Hope this gives you a starting point and something to think about.
The neck reflex
Side of toe could be related to a few things. If the pain is
on the inside of the foot (medial base of big toe) it is around the base of the
neck reflex which also includes the throat and thyroid. Therefore it could be related to what you
say, either not speaking up or saying too much (voice box); getting along with
others (throat, common passage way for food and air) or questioning who is in
control of your life (thyroid, endocrine system).
If the pain is on the lateral side of the big toe (the side
next to the second toe), then there could be issues related to constantly
looking at someone else rather than focusing on where you are going in
life. This is the physical reflex of the
side of the neck, so it could be indicative of all those sorts of things that you need to
turn your head to see; someone point of view; taking notice of someone
else; knowing whoís on side and who isnít or whoís behind you or whoís got your
back. If you are constantly looking over
your shoulder at someone or being distracted by what is going on behind your
back, then the base of the big toe could be painful as it reflects the neck
being stretched or being held in an uncomfortable position. So imagine what your neck does and parallel
that to which direction you are looking in e.g. approaching life head on or
constantly looking over your shoulder to the past. Take notice what you are thinking about when pain hits this spot either in the neck or the foot.
The base of the big
toe is also related to the throat chakra and issues about responsibility and
creating a life of choice rather than one that is thrust upon you; not living in the present, either focused on the past or always looking to the future; the balance point between head and heart, logic and intuition.
Some thoughts about someone with a benign goitre, associated with stress, nerve damage due to a viral infection and antihistamine for sinisitus.
associate anything to do with the nervous system with communication: a break-down in communication, mixed
messages, incorrect information etc.
Among other things the sinuses are Ďa resonance chamber for
speech.í When something is re-sounding, it is going around and around and
Now think about the
antihistamines. Our immune system is
over-reacting by producing excess histamine because the body detects an
enemy. So one could wonder if a person is over-reacting to someone or something and not doing or saying anything about
If the endocrine system is involved (goitre) a person may need to consider authority
and control issues. As the master gland
relies on negative feedback, a person may be mistaking constructive comment for
personal criticism. More specifically
the thyroid is related to how the body uses energy and the goitre, simply put,
is an enlarged thyroid gland which can lead to a swelling of the neck over the
voice box. So here we have boundary
issues and again communication.
With the symptom presenting in the neck, a person would
need to consider the throat chakra, which is about being responsible and the
ability to create a life of choice not imposed circumstance. To do this they need to live in the present,
not in the past or the good old days or the future when life will be better
when such and such happens.
The words a person chooses are important. The benign goitre has Ďattached itselfí. So I would be thinking has this person may have
attached themselves to someone or has someone attached themselves to them.
My holistic approach looks at many levels, not just the physical
symptoms. In just a few minutes, I usually
come up with several possibilities but that doesnít mean I will mention all of
them. I have come to know
that the body has its own language and its always spot on. I believe if I know the purpose of the body
system or organ, I can parallel it some relative life issue.
Einsteinís great equation:
E=mc2 or energy and matter are interchangeable. If I donít deal with my Ďstuffí when it is in the form of
energy, it may change into matter for greater impact and attention.
Question: What about the sigmoid colon
When isolating the sigmoid colon, keep in mind that it is also
part of the digestive system and therefore shares many common issues with the
descending colon. Its focus is also process
and teamwork, not to forget chaos before order.
On a physical level, the descending colon moves the waste
matter along while water and salts are being absorbed back into the body. Once this waste matter reaches the sigmoid
colon, the absorption process should be completed. The main function of the sigmoid colon is to
store the waste matter until it is ready to enter the rectum and be expelled
through the anus as faeces. If this
process is delayed in the sigmoid colon, the faeces will harden and result in
On a metaphysical level, issues with the descending colon suggest
that in a given situation there is still something to be achieved. There may be some benefit or some learning
experience to be taken from it before it reaches its end. Whereas an issue with the sigmoid is saying
there is nothing more to be taken from the situation, nothing more to give,
nothing left to be of benefit.
In the western world, one of the most common
diseases found in the sigmoid colon is diverticulitis; small,
bulging pockets of the inner lining become inflamed or infected. This is not a problem in Asia or Africa as
they eat more unprocessed food. The low-fibre
western diet is one of the most likely causes of this disease. The real issue
here is: Why do people continue to eat foods that are not supplying the bodyís
needs? Are we too busy to prepare proper
food? Do we make food choices from
habit? Do we comfort eat? Are we too exhausted by what we have to do
and therefore canít do what we want to do?
unsuitable foods we eat could pose the question:
else do I do that I know isnít good for me
- Why is
my life so busy
other bad habits wonít I change
part of me needs to be comforted
drains my energy
- What am I struggling to let go of
- I need someone to help me because Iíve let a given situation
go on too long
- This situation didnít really need to become this painful
The other difference to look at is the chakras where the
descending and sigmoid colons sit. The
descending is more connected to the sacral chakra, but the sigmoid, being lower
in the body would have more of the base chakra issues i.e. group, family,
culture, belonging and security. It is
more associated with a personís place in the group, rather than the one on one
relationship issues of the sacral.
Therefore the questions asked above are in relation to the group,
family, culture and where a person experiences their emotional security.
I really believe that if you have the most basic
understanding of how the body works it is relatively easy to find a connection
to the cause of the problem. Sometimes logic gets in the way but trust your
imagination and you may be surprised with the results you come up with.
Why left foot descending colon so sore. What
does it relate to in metaphysical terms. Thank you
As you would have gleaned from reading my website or book, I
donít read feet. I gather information
from several sources and offer possible causes of symptom and pain. So in considering the Ďleft foot descending
coloní, I would initially think about the general issues related to the
The descending colon is part of the digestive system. In metaphysical terms, I would relate the
digestive system to process and team work.
Each player in the digestive game has a role to play and if the player
doesnít do their job properly, then it makes it difficult for what follows e.g.
if the teeth donít chew the food, then the stomach has to work harder to break it
down. If the stomach doesnít break down
the food properly, then the small intestine wonít be able to absorb it. The success of each process in the digestive
system depends on the previous one being done properly.
Iím pretty sure if you asked most people about the
metaphysical meaning of the colon, they would say holding on to something or letting it go. Thatís the obvious answer, but maybe I can be
a little more specific. By the time the food has reached this point, the
nutrients should have been absorbed and the unwanted residue would be going
through the process of leaving the body.
Once again there is a process going on related to water absorption; too
much or too little results further symptoms.
Metaphysically, I also connect the digestive system to
matters of discernment. We take something
in. We use what is of benefit and get
rid of the rest. We have to be able to
discern what is of use and what is not. If
the physical body is in good form it can perform this digestive process very efficiently. If not then we may have to look at some area
of our life where we need to be more discerning.
I honestly believe that if a person knows how and body
works, it is relatively easy to parallel a physical symptom to a hidden metaphysical
So if the tenderness in this area of the foot is related to
the descending colon, the cause of the problem could be related to:
- taking short cuts
- not wanting to go through due process
- lack of discernment
- changing direction
- not pulling your weight
- not contributing to the team
- prolonging something that needs to be ended
Remember, in the physical body the descending colon is very
close to the left kidney, so if the foot pain is more related to the kidney reflex,
the cause will be something different.
Also the descending colon passes close to the hips, which brings in the
sacral chakra with one on one relationships, power games and money. Chakra issues usually are very helpful in
finding any hidden causes. Another
factor in this case could be not where
the foot is sore, but why it is sore.
Changing the focus of the pain brings in other issues e.g. bone,
tendons, muscles which throw a different emphasis on the problem altogether.
Iím sure you can see why itís important not to isolate foot
pain without considering other factors.
An important question to always ask isÖ When did the pain
begin and what was going on in your life at the time. Listen to your words you use to describe the
pain to see if there is any parallel in your daily life. Left foot usually refers to female, feminine
self or creativity.
I usually find that by speaking with a client I am able to
help them narrow the possibilities much quicker. I hope I have been of some help.
come in the hope that relaxation therapy may help them sleep but what is more
important is the hidden issue that is keeping them awake.
Insomnia is physically related to the pineal gland, a small
endocrine gland which produces melatonin, a hormone that affects a personís wake
and sleep patterns. If this gland isnít producing the appropriate hormones at
the appropriate times, the body is confused about when it needs to be awake and
when it needs to sleep.
Metaphysically insomnia is related to the third eye chakra,
which sits above the bridge of the nose in the centre of the forehead. In the metaphysical sense the energy of the
third eye chakra is intimately connected to being spiritually awake or asleep, walking
in the light or being stuck in darkness, and a mind that is open or
closed. Symbolically it is the place
where the mind takes control through thoughts and logic.
When you consider what the pineal gland is meant to do along
with any malfunction, and combine it with the energy of the third eye chakra it is
possible to arrive at what could be the cause of a personís insomnia. Physically the pineal gland helps us to know
light from darkness. Metaphysically it brings
enlightenment and dispels darkness.
I repeatedly tell my clients that the forehead (third eye)
is about right judgment. Right judgment is
no judgment and when we donít judge someone or something, we allow.
In allowing, we are acknowledging that life is perfect as it
is. Everything is the way it is meant to
be at this moment. No one has ever done
anything to us. On some level of our
consciousness we have agreed to everything.
Obviously this can be a huge challenge for the mind and logic as they
often only focus on the physical result of any given situation. Insomnia is asking us to consider a higher
meaning to life and apply it to the physical reality in which we live.
When the person is awake at night, what are they thinking
- Judging someone or something to be good or bad, right or
- Refusing to see from another perspective
- Closing their mind to certain areas of their life
- Not being able to see past the physical result of something
- Allowing logic to run their life
- Dismissing possibility or anything that is not understood
- Inability to see that life is exactly how it is meant to be
- A hectic and busy lifestyle (reassessing priorities and
- Not enough time
- Seeking approval from another
As we open to enlightenment on a metaphysically level (third
our bodies will adjust to a cycle of light and darkness on a
physical level (pineal gland)
and we will sleep peacefully in trust, knowing all is well.
Whatís hiding in the ankles
Ankles are the reflex for the hips.
The hips reveal any sacral chakra imbalances. The dominate issues in this part of the foot are: one on one relationships, power games and
Common foot conditions Ankle problems, Sprains, Tightness
Combining the foot condition with
issues related to this area
Fracture of the ankle bone is associated with restructuring or support
(skeletal system) of a relationship or finance.
This can include difficult people and power-games.
Sprains affect the skeletal system (ligament and joints) and are related
to how a person connects to or disconnects from another.
Tight and painful muscles (muscular system) can identify a person having
tension applied and being pulled in two directions or divided loyalties. Whether the pull is towards the group or self
depends on which way the pain flows.
In healing the underlying
issues of the ankle, a person needs to consider:
They attract their own issues to learn about themselves
Difficult people are not doing anything to them. They are doing something for them
The Law of Attraction works whether they are aware of it or not
If they havenít learnt from their parents, they will marry or partner
one of them
Healing the sacral chakra energy as discovered in the foot was discussed
at length in the workshop I presented at the national conference of the
Reflexology Association of Australia in Launceston Tasmania on Saturday 29
A full transcript of this workshop will be available for sale as a PDF file from this website shortly.
Stretching the big toe joint
Joints (skeletal system) give movement to a rigid skeleton. Stiff joints, a person is too rigid or fixed. In this area of the foot it could be related to how a person thinks or speaks.
Physical reflex, cervical spine and spinal cord, neck, tonsils, thyroid, throat and its passageways.
Thyroid (endocrine system) doing things for yourself instead of having another do them for you.
Cervical spine refers to a delicate structure. Spinal cord associated with sending the correct message.
Tonsils (immune response) what foreign matter are you being asked to swallow.
How well do you share (pharynx). Speaking up (larynx). Hot air, all about nothing (trachea ). Changing direction and staying on track (epiglottis).
Throat Chakra is the pivot point of past and present, heart and head. It holds the energy of responsibility and empowerment, allowing you to create a reality of choice rather than imposed circumstances.
Easy place to put responsibility that doesn't belong to you.
Top of the plantar arch, the boundary band.
Physical reflex is the stomach.
Solar Plexus chakra, your rules and boundaries. Your relationship to yourself.
Are you boundaries being invaded. Are you giving or is it being taken.
TCM emotions of the stomach stress and anxiety. It's very important to define stress otherwise it becomes a fog too great to penetrate. Broken down into workable pieces, stress is not so overwhelming.
Physical reflex the brain, who is in control
Esoterically the crown chakra, ego, unity, trust
Element of air, (second toe)
Left foot connected to female, feminine, present
Lower spine, pelvic area, sigmoid colon
Common heel conditions
Spurs, cracks, callouses and thicken skin, pain and burning, blisters, plantar warts
Issues related to this area:
Relationships to and within the group, family, tribe, society, tradition or culture Combining the heel condition with issues related to this area:
Family dynamics (parents and siblings)
Ability to integrate into the community
A sense of not belonging or not feeling
part of something
Religious beliefs and cultural traditions
Rules of the group that must be obeyed
Family beliefs that have been passed down through the generations
Basic survival instincts
Behavioural patterns and habits
rather than a choice centred response
Spurs are associated with bone and bone as I think is related to structure, restructure or infrastructure. Bones strengthen or sure up.
Spurs on the heel could be related to restructuring or strengthening your position within the group, family, tribe, society, tradition or culture
Cracks split the heel. So cracks could be seen as splitting, separating or moving away from group, family, tribe, society, tradition or culture
Callouses are harden skin to protect the area so this could be an indication of protection against the group......
Blisters are caused by pressure from an outside source. So blisters on the heel could be that you are being pressured in relation to the group.....
Plantar warts are different to other warts and are sensitive to pressure. So a plantar wart in this area could be sensitivity to the group.....
Healing the Base Chakra
the base chakra one needs to identify the beliefs and behavioural patterns that
dictate inappropriate reactions and responses.
Much of what doesnít work in an adultís life is attached to beliefs that
were learned as a child. If these
patterns do not serve the highest good of the adult, they need to be identified, released or
modified so that they will not sabotage oneís potential growth on all levels.
The concept of the base Chakra is further expanded in my book, Holisitc Reflexology, the eight principlesWhen working from an holistic approach to my reflexology practice, I consider eight principles. Keeping these in the background, I can mix and match to unfold the secrets of the feet.