The plantar fascia is the band of connective tissue that runs along the sole, from the heel to the ball of the foot. From another perspective, this tissue runs between what the group wants (base chakra) and your personal rules and boundaries (solar plexus chakra), passing over the power games area of the foot (sacral chakra). Therefore, any pain in this area could be caused by divided loyalties or a sense of being pulled in two directions. There could be a pull between what the group, family, culture or another wants, and what you want for yourself.
As fascia joins or surrounds muscles, the muscular system is involved in some way. In this system, one muscle pulls while the other pushes. So any muscle issues can be associated with being pulled in two directions or divided loyalties. As fascia is a connective tissue, it is also related to the skeletal system, which is concerned with structure, restructure and infrastructure.
I remember a client who came to see me after she had come home from holidays. As soon as she arrived at her holiday destination the arch of her foot became extremely tender. Even though she was many miles away from her home, she was worrying about another family member. Physically she was apart from the family member; emotionally she was still connected, being pulled in two directions. She wanted to meet her own needs (solar plexus) but was being pulled back into the family dynamics (base chakra).
Another woman came to see me because of plantar fasciitis. She also had been on holidays. She could tell me the exact time and what she was thinking when the pain hit her foot. It was the day before she was due to return home. She was thinking how relaxing her holiday had been and she was sorry that it was coming to an end. During her reflexology session, her foot wasn’t particularly tender, but the adrenal reflex was extremely painful. Adrenals, as part of the endocrine system are giving a message about who is in control. I didn’t say anything at that point. Eventually she began to look at her watch. I asked if she had another appointment, but she said she needed to be home to cook dinner for her husband and son, who had recently come home to live after a broken relationship. He was in his thirties. She loved him but didn’t want to have to address all his emotional and physical needs. She was pulled in two directions; she wanted her peaceful home back but wanted to help him out at the same time. She didn’t verbalize her wants, so they internalized.
Where do your loyalties lay: with your own needs or the needs of others?
Do you find it difficult to find a balance between the two?
Are you overshadowed by what another wants?
Do you do for others at the expense of yourself?
In trying to honour yourself, do you end up putting others first?
Do you feel as though you are in a tug-of-war, being pulled in two directions by others, your job or family dynamics?
Discomfort in this part of the foot can also be related to how much you have to compromise your personal beliefs to fit into a relationship/group.
The most important clue to the cause of the pain is:
When did it begin?
What were you doing?
What were you thinking at the time?
If we don’t deal with an issue when it presents in an energy/emotional form, it could well follow the equation and change to matter, so gaining our greater attention.
Fascia is connective tissue fibres that form sheets or bands beneath the skin to attach, stabilize, enclose, and separate muscles and other internal organs. Fasciae (plural) are similar to ligaments and tendons as they are all made of collagen except that ligaments join one bone to another bone, tendons join muscle to bone and fasciae surround muscles or other structures.
Holistic Reflexology, the eight principles first published 2010
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