This past April I had a wonderful opportunity to study with a famous Foot Reflexologist, teacher/innovator in Ireland. Her name is Hanne Marquardt and she lives in the Black Forest in southern Germany. At 85 years of wisdom she continues to teach and learn. In her method of Reflexology she draws many parallels in the feet to the body in full.
For instance, we can see bony structures in the great toes that mirror bony structures in the brain near the base of the skull. When the two great toes are placed side by side with the inside or medial edge of each toe touching the other, a bony structure is revealed; it resembles the sella turcica in the sphenoid bone located in the base of the skull. In the toes this is the reflex to the pituitary gland which is protected by the sphenoid bone.
Hanne is the only Reflexologist that I’ve studied with who shows the relationship of the foot and ankle to a sitting person. If one observes the foot in a sideview of a reclining person one can, indeed, see the way that the great toe reminds us of the head, the ball of the foot resembles the curve in the thoracic spine, and the instep resembles flexed hips with the legs outstretched going along the ankle (You may need to look at a picture of a foot from the side to get the gist of this vantage point)
Hanne’s method has helped me find more reflexes that are pertinent to a person’s pain or issue. With the knowledge I’ve gained from her I am better able to bring people relief.