When the Pressure Is On Get in the Zone
A little over seven years ago, my mother rearranged her sun-porch to make room for a cozy recliner and a modest ottoman. This wasn’t much to write home about of course, but the following afternoon she had a friend over to enjoy the healing gifts that this chair-ottoman set up had to offer- namely an hour long Reflexology session. My mother later explained that what appeared to have been a foot massage was actually an exploration of pressure points directly correlated with her friend’s organ function. Interesting!
It turns out the history of many an ancient civilization is speckled with references to the manipulation of reflex points found in our hands, feet, and even ears, to treat systemic illness. In the world of functional medicine, gurus will often reference the the discovery of Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics found on a physician's tomb depicting what appears to be modern day reflexology! Reflexologists hypothesis that these reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them creates real benefits for the person's health. For example, a specific spot in the arch of the foot corresponds to the bladder. When pressure is applied to this area, it may relieve meridian congestion and positively affect bladder functioning! Pretty amazing stuff. So, I now present three ways that reflexology can benefit you throughout your day!
Feeling overwhelmed and depressed? Beat the blues with a discreet DIY reflexology session by massaging your thumbs on both hands giving extra attention to the fleshiest part of the thumb or big toe pads. This will work to re-balance your endocrine system by stimulating the reflexes for your pituitary and hypothalamus glands.
Elevate your energy and break the stress cycle by tending to your adrenal glands. These tiny glands situated slightly above the kidneys regulate your metabolism, blood pressure, systemic inflammation, and gut health. Wow! Heavy load. To give them a little TLC, massage the middle inner sides of your feet or hands!
Stay Alert and Reduce Fatigue
Sometimes, even the best multi-taskers drop a plate now and then. Often fatigue and fogginess are a symptom of poor thyroid function. Symptoms of thyroid stress include weight gain, anxiety, rapid-heartbeat, dry skin, and unhealthy blood cholesterol levels. You can begin to take matters into your own hands and feet by using your thumb to walk around the base of your big toes and thumbs.
Try to incorporate self care into everyday. Reflexology is a great way to find balance throughout the ups and down each day may bring.