Over the last few weeks, we focused on reflexology by identifying the pressure points on your hands, feet, and ears, and how they are connected to certain organs and body systems. Each pressure point offers a range of health benefits such as improving indigestion, reducing stress and anxiety, to easing arthritis pain. Below is a quick recap and please remember, if you are pregnant consult with your physician first.
Lung Meridian (hand)
You can find your lung meridian pressure point by looking at the edge of your hand. It runs from the tip of your thumb down along the side of your hand, ending just beneath the crease of your wrist. Run your finger along this line. If you find a sore spot along the line, reflexologists say you should gently massage it until it feels better. This may help relieve any cold symptoms, such as chills, sneezing, runny nose, and sore throat.
Urinary bladder 67 (foot)
This area is on the corner of the pinky toe right near the toenail. If this point becomes blocked, Qi (vital energy) can back up along the pathway which in this case includes the calves, hamstrings, hips, sacrum, back, neck, top of the head, and eyes. Gently pressing on this area with your thumb and index finger (as if pinching your toe) helps eliminate both interior and exterior wind, clears headaches, and adjusts blurred vision.
This pressure point is located directly in front of where your earlobe begins. Reflexology on this point is used to relieve the pressure that builds up around your jaw and in your ears. This could make it effective in treating tinnitus, ear infections, earache, tension headache, and migraine. Apply pressure to both lobes simultaneously.