What do your feet say about you?

The art of analysing people’s personality or current emotional state just by examining their feet is known as foot reading. Personally, I am no expert as my passion is around classic reflexology which has more of an emphasis on detecting imbalances in a person’s body and supporting them in taking remedial action to restore homeostasis.

However, the subject is really fascinating and I find myself unable to disregard the theory entirely as I keep detecting markings on feet which correspond to personality traits or which align to the client’s personal views or feelings with astounding accuracy.

The best known Foot Reader in the UK is Jane Sheehan who in 2005 shot to fame with her first book “Let’s Read our Feet” which led to several TV appearances and radio broadcasts. A rising star from the US is Sam Belyea who has a massive social media following and is the owner of The Foot Whisperer Reflexology Institute in Florida.

So, according to the foot reader, what do various markings on your feet mean? Let me give a few examples:

Bunions
A bunion is a deformity of the joint connecting the big toe to the foot. There is no known medical reason for bunions and it’s often contributed to wearing the wrong shoes, rheumatoid arthritis or to hereditary factors. The foot reader however, is likely to say that bunion sufferers are people who suppress their feelings or who always put themselves last and are prepared to ‘bend over backwards’ to please others.

Nail fungus
Onychomycosis is the medical term for nail fungus and it’s a very common condition. To a foot reader, nail fungus is indicative of someone under unwanted external influence which they are struggling to get rid of. They are trying hard to protect themselves but they are finding the situation stressful.

Skin
The condition of the skin on your feet is as important to a reflexologist as it is to a foot reader. Skin is the body’s largest organ and it’s an important indicator of general health and wellbeing. Just think of someone looking pale with dark circles under their eyes and you know what I mean. Likewise, feet can look really pale or perhaps an angry red and it’s immediately visible to the therapist that the body is out of balance.

To the foot reader, the skin markers mean various things:

  • Cracked skin – it means that the person is feeling divided or torn. For example, if it’s on the heel, the individual feels torn or undecided as to the best way of moving forward on a certain matter
  • Itching skin – the person feels irritated or annoyed about something
  • Peeling – the client is experiencing a fresh start or new beginnings. However, if the skin is constantly peeling, the client is struggling to let go of an issue that keeps coming back until it’s been fully dealt with.

What do you think? Does any of this apply to you? Feel free to share your own foot story if you’ve had an experience of something changing on your feet following a significant life event.

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