Reflexology and acupressure can be very useful, especially when you know how to help yourself. This way you can have instant relief for a variety of pain and symptoms.
Acupressure & Reflexology
In the process of Acupuncture needles are used, while for acupressure the process fingers are used. These two methods work in the same principles without the intimidation factor.
Reflexology, also called zone therapy, is based on the notion that each body part is represented on the hands and feet and that pressing on specific areas on the hands or feet can have therapeutic effects in other parts of the body. Often in areas that we feel pain, there is a blockage of energy preventing health and wellness.
In today’s article you will learn how to help yourself by using these two practices of reflexology
MIGRAINES AND HEADACHES
To relief the pain from headaches and migraines, focus on the area at the base of the fingernails. Concentrate on the index finger and the webbing between thumb and index finger.
SINUS PRESSURE AND PAIN
Face palm towards you and bring your thumb to the pad of your finger and forefinger to the opposite side close to your cuticle. For 1-3 minutes, squeeze and hold the tip of each finger and press firmly. Then, lightly massage the area. Do the same on every finger.
TENSION AND PAIN IN THE NECK
Massage your index finger starting from the top knuckle and move toward the base of the finger. Repeat the process for each finger on both hands.
Massage the thumb to the point of warming it. The stomach and spleen meridians will respond to this. Also, you can directly apply pressure in the center of your palm.
COLD OR SORE THROAT
Warm the whole thumb by Massaging it gently. Apply pressure for a longer time on the meaty of the finger. Moreover, apply specific pressure to the thumb on the tissue to the inside by the nail.
With a little pressure, massage the whole hand, right after put a pressure on the middle finger just below the nail.
MENSTRUAL CRAMPS OR ABDOMINAL PAIN
Start by massaging the whole hand gently then press the point on your index finger just your nail on the side closest to your thumb. Also, apply pressure on the side of your small finger just away from the nail toward the outside.
Before you start it is important to warm up your hands, by massaging them for one minute to boost the energy and sensitivity of your hands. Press firmly the area of interest using your opposite thumb and fingers. Hold it for 1-5 minutes and repeat 1-5 times as needed, or each day to prevent this problem.
For the gentlest areas hold 3-5 seconds. While keeping the pressure, start massaging in clockwise circles up to 5 times. Then let the area rest for a bit. Try to move the tissue with this massage, not merely rubbing the skin. Press firmly again up to a minute and then take a break. Do this process up to five times.
It is important to stay hydrated, this way your body will have quality circulation and the toxins in the body will be much easier removed from the bloodstream after the massage.
When it comes to acupressure pregnant women need to be careful. Moreover, they should avoid deep pressure on the web of the hand as this can trigger uterine contractions. During pregnancy this kind of massage can be used only with supervision from professional MT.