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Reflexology chart. A chart indicating reflexology points on the foot. Areas of the foot that affect different parts of the body are coloured and numbered. Reflexology is a healing therapy originating from "zone theory". Zone theory states that the body is divided into 10 meridians. These run down the body passing through organs and ending at the feet. Discomfort in a particular area of the foot is said to be related to a malfunctioning body structure or organ, and is treated by sustained, local compression-massage. For instance, the area marked 39 (blue curve, heel of each foot) is massaged to relieve pain in the sciatic nerve in the leg.
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