This week's Reflexology Minute: How to Thumb Walk
You will learn:
Thumb walking is one of the most popular reflexology techniques. If you learn how to do it correctly you will be able to address your concerns with more precision and efficacy.
What I find helpful about learning this technique first is it will strengthen your thumb and make it easier to learn other techniques that require thumb use. It is also one of the best techniques for self-care. While some people encourage using balls or tools, nothing compares to feeling the tissue you are working on with your own hands. It is also great because some of the brain reflexes are located in the tip of your thumbs. So, when thumb walking you are also working on your brain!
To thumb walk bend at the interphalangeal joint of your thumb, not bending beyond a 90 degree angle. Using your other hand to practice on, apply pressure onto the tip of your thumb. If you have nails, consider cutting them shorter so that you don't feel the nail going into your hand. To move forward (i.e. thumb walk) you will be unbending the thumb slightly and then bending again, not letting go of too much of the pressure. By applying relatively continuous pressure and not lifting up your thumb, you will not miss any of the organs, glands, or areas of the body you are working on in the reflexology map.
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Chantel C. Lucier, and her company, The AtHome Experience, are dedicated to educating and enlivening the individual towards greater connection to themselves, each other, and their community. By teaching people how to care for themselves at home, The AtHome Experience aims to empower people to create and sustain optimal health and well-being. By caring for ourselves and each other we construct and co-create a better future!