Reflexology and acupressure are ancient practices which can relieve numerous pains and symptoms from the comfort of your own home. They are based on applying pressure on certain points of the body where you feel pain.
Acupressure and reflexology
Acupressure and acupuncture are similar practices which include applying pressure on certain spots using fingers and needles respectively.
Reflexology on the other hand, is a therapeutic massage on specific areas of the feet and hands which can stimulate the flow of energy and relieve pain. These areas correspond to specific organs and systems in our body. When we feel pain in a certain part, it is often caused by energy blockage in that area, and reflexology can restore the energy flow and successfully relieve the pain.
Here are some approaches of these two techniques you can try at home.
Migraines and headaches
To ease the pain caused by migraines and headaches, you need to focus on the index finger and the webbing between it and the thumb. You can also work on the area around the base of your fingernails.
Sinus pressure and pain
Put the palm towards you and bring your thumb to the pad of your finger and forefinger, on the opposite side closest to your cuticle. Squeeze the tip of your fingers for 1-3 minutes, then massage them slowly.
Tension and pain in the neck
Massage the middle part between the knuckle at the top towards the base of your fingers on both hands.
Massage your thumb in order to warm it up or press the center of your palm in order to ease the problem.
Cold or sore throat
Massage your thumb until it’s warm, then apply pressure on the webbing part of your hand. You can also press the tissue to the inside of the nail of your thumb.
Massage your hand gently, then press the point of your middle finger right beneath the side of your nail.
Menstrual cramps and abdominal pain
Massage your hand gently, then press the point of your index finger below the nail on the side of your thumb. You can also press the point on your little finger just away from the nail on the cuticle line pointing towards the outside.
Start massaging your hands to boost the energy flow and increase the sensitivity, then press the area of interest with your opposite thumb and finger. Hold for 1-5 minutes and repeat 1-5 times every day.
For gentler areas, press and hold them for 3-5 seconds. Maintain the pressure and massage clockwise for 5 times, then take a short break. When massaging the spot, try to move the tissue around, then press firmly for a minute and take a break. Repeat the process five times.
Besides the massaging, you need to keep your body hydrated at all times. Proper hydration results in optimal tissue health, better circulation and immediate removal of toxins.
If you’re pregnant, avoid firm and deep pressure on the webbing part between the fingers. Avoid the practice without being supervised by a professional.