For those of you who may not know, reflexology is a massage technique used to treat illness and relieve tension. It is based on the theory that reflex points in the hands, feet and head are linked to every part of the body. Today, we are focusing on just the hand. Here is a diagram to explain the different pressure points on your hand and where they correspond to on the rest of your body:
- Side of head and brain
- Top of head and brain
- Eustachian tube
- Solar Plexus
- Stomach and pancreas
- Small intestine
- Ureter tube
- Sciatic nerve
Now that you know which areas of your hand to massage for which ailment, here is a breakdown of how to actually do it at home:
Massage the upper halves of your fingers on both sides.
Apply pressure on the side of your thumb to the bottom of your wrist.
Try the “wrist twist” technique. Form a circle around your wrist with your index finger and thumb. Twist your hand that is free back and forth at least 20 times.
You will need a small ball for this, something like a tennis or golf ball. Put the ball between your hands and lock your fingers around it. Rub the ball around the palm of your hand for 60 seconds.
You should target the pituitary gland to treat sleeping disorders. Start by applying pressure with your finger nail to the middle of your fingerprint. This is the area where the nerve linking to your endocrine system is.
Start massaging from your fingertip to just above the knuckle and back up again.
You can massage two areas for this one. The first is where your palm meets your fingers, and the second is just below your knuckles on the top of your hand.
[Photo: Kelly Millington, Source: Fitlife]