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How To Do At-Home Reflexology On Your Hand

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June 12, 2015

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:

hand

  1. Pituitary 
  2. Neck 
  3. Side of head and brain
  4. Top of head and brain
  5. Sinus
  6. Eye
  7. Eustachian tube
  8. Ear
  9. Thyroid
  10. Lung
  11. Heart
  12. Solar Plexus
  13. Liver
  14. Spleen
  15. Stomach and pancreas
  16. Small intestine
  17. Colon
  18. Bladder
  19. Ureter tube
  20. Kidney
  21. Adrenal
  22. Shoulder
  23. Ovary/testes
  24. 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:

Headache

Massage the upper halves of your fingers on both sides.

Back Pain

Apply pressure on the side of your thumb to the bottom of your wrist.

Stress

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.

Digestion

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.

Sleep Disorders

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.

Colds/The Flu

Start massaging from your fingertip to just above the knuckle and back up again.

Asthma/Bronchitis 

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]

 

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