The Reflexology Minute: Hips
Today's Topic: Reflexology for the Hips
You will learn:
Whether you suffer from acute or chronic pain in your hips due to an injury or a wearing away of the ligaments, which can lead to hip replacement surgery, or a wearing away of cartilage, which can lead to osteoarthritis, there is something you can do from a reflexology perspective.
What happens when you press on a reflexology point?
When you press on reflexology points you are sending the message from the reflexology point back to the area of concern. This increases blood flow to the area and induces a relaxation response.
Location of Hip Reflexology Points:
The hip reflexology points are located behind and underneath the outer ankle bones (also known as the lateral malleoli, which are the distal ends of your fibulas) on both ankles. The right side corresponds to your right hip and the left side corresponds to your left hip. To access points effectively finger or thumb walk down behind ankle bone and then underneath, creating an “L” shape towards your pinky toe. The point technically ends underneath the ankle bone. If you are unfamiliar with thumb or finger walking you can simply press or rub the area with your pointer finger or thumb.
Location of Lower Back Reflexology Points:
The lower back reflexology points are located behind and underneath the inner ankle bones (also known as the medial malleoli, which are the bases of the tibias) on both ankles. We give attention to the lower back as some hip pain is associated with the lower back or sacrum. In reflexology, the lumbar area extends a little further up towards the big toe on the insides of the feet (also known as the medial aspect). If you'd like to address more of the lumbar spine you can extend your work further (as pictured below).
To reach these points you can:
These points can be addressed safely multiple times a day. If you have hip pain or concerns, consider doing these points a few times a day. They are also incredibly effective before and after a movement class or workout or can be used as a preventative measure.
Reflexology is not a substitute for medical care. Reflexology does not claim to cure, diagnose, prognose, or prescribe. If you have concerns about your health, seek advice from your doctor or health care provider.
Photos by Janette Paule
The Reflexology Minute: Asthma
Today's Topic: Reflexology for Asthma
You will learn:
Asthma is an inflammatory condition that affects the bronchial airways that bring oxygen to the lungs. Those with asthma may experience wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and general constriction in the chest area.
To calm the symptoms of asthma using reflexology you will work:
The chest/lung reflex area is located on both hands in the upper quadrant on each palm. With hands facing each other, extend hands, rub this area together vigorously for approximately 10 seconds or until you've generated some heat. You can also use the reflexology thumb walking technique or your knuckles.
The ileocecal valve (ICV) is located between the small and large intestine. Like it's name, it is a valve between the ileum and the cecum. The ileum is the last section of the small intestine, while the cecum is a small pouch-like area that begins the large intestine. Among other functions, the ICV controls the levels of mucus in the body. Since there is an excess of mucus in the bronchial tubes when someone is having an asthma attack we will address the ICV reflexology point. The reflexology point for the ICV is located in the right hand approximately a 1/2 inch up from wrist, between 4th and 5th digits. Press in and hold for approximately 5 seconds.
The adrenal glands should be addressed for two reasons: 1. the stress associated with an asthmatic episode can be taxing on the adrenal glands and; 2. most people with asthma manage their symptoms with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS). Research shows ICS affect the adrenal cortex. The adrenal gland reflexology points are located in the center of the thenar eminence (the pouchy area below both thumbs). Press in and hold for approximately 5 seconds.
The solar plexus is an energy point. In reflexology it is located on the palms of both hands, below the third finger, underneath the third metacarpal head. Because it is an energetic point it is not necessary to press on the exact spot. Instead, meet solar plexus points by folding hands together gently, lay them in your lap, lower your gaze, and breathe for approximately 30 seconds.
These points can be addressed safely multiple times a day. If you have asthma, consider doing this routine a few times a day as a preventative measure.
Reflexology is not a replacement for medical care. If you are having an asthma attack or experiencing any of the symptoms associated with asthma seek medical attention.
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