Pressing on the Zones in your Feet and Hands Can help with Stress in Your Life
Reflexology is used to reduce stress and stress- related health issues. Reflexologists believe that your body is divided into energy zones and every organ in your body, including your bones brain, muscles and internal organs correspond with parts of your body.
And if you press on those zones, it can relieve pain and stress.
Reflexology was developed in the mid-1930’s by Eunice Ingham, a physical therapist in Rochester, New York.
It has been well researched, and has been found to be effective, especially with such ailments as premenstrual syndrome. There are many experts who believe reflexology works, and there are more than 70,000 practitioners worldwide.
Many professionals recommend reflexology for stress related health problems such as back, shoulder, and neck pain, along with headaches, chronic indigestion, overeating and anxiety.
Because it is non-invasive, there are no side effects. There is a belief that 75% of all illnesses are stress related, therefore it is an effective treatment for many problems especially migraines and muscle spasms.
Other ailments that are treated with reflexology include high blood pressure, depression, anxiety and a sluggish immunity.
A lot like acupressure, reflexologist apply pressure instead of needles to the feet, ears, and hands which stimulates nerves that trigger the release of painkilling neurochemicals in the brain.
You can do it yourself: Self-Taught Rubs Using Reflexology
The Finger walk:
Using the edge of your index fingers take small bites of your foot by bending your finger joints close to your nails and imagining that your fingers are taking tiny bites of your foot. Place the thumb on the other side of your foot for leverage.
Each area should be worked for 4-5 minutes.
The Thumb Walk:
Using the edge of your thumb, walk along the area that you want to work. Bend the thumb joint closest to your thumbnail. Each time you bend and unbend the joint to move it forward, imagine that the thumb is taking tiny bites of your foot. Pace your fingers around your foot so that they are directly underneath your thumb. This will help you to apply more pressure.
Taken in part from: Fugh-Burman, A. (1998). Women’s Choices in Natural Health. Emmaus, PA. Rodale Press