Question by wanderer: Does anyone know about reflexology?
I’m wondering how I exactly press against the pressure points. For example when im pressing against the thumb for the pituitary gland, my thumb aches so I was wondering if I could just use the knuckle (the first joint) of the thumb to press against it. Also just pressing against any point, my thumb aches after a little while and I have to pause. Also I know you have to search out the sore spots but what if you dont feel any but you still feel a need to give that part attention? Im not sure how firm you press it and how long.
I have a book on reflexology and it says you can just do it at home or anywhere, you dont need to take a class for it. I dont randomly press anywhere, I know what each point is for. For example I massage certain points for anxiety and the points for the endocrine glands.
Answer by P J
There are many theories but in our approach we look at the nervous system as the explanation of reflexology’s working.
Pressure applied to the feet generates a signal through the peripheral nervous system. From there it enters the central nervous system where it is processed in various parts of the brain. It is then relayed to the internal organs to allocate the necessary adjustments in fuel and oxygen, Finally a response is fashioned that is sent onto the motor system.
We apply techniques to the feet and hands. There is a school of thought that also applies it to the ear arguing it is also reflexology. The techniques, however, are modified from auricular therapy, an acupuncture technique.
It could be argued that all bodywork is reflexive therefore reflexology. We find that the extremities have a powerful influence because of locomotion. While we acknowledge that repeated patterns exist throughout the body we find our most effective focus to be the feet and hands.
Reflexology can be done practically anytime and any where. The trick is consistency. We have been impressed with the results from China. Their secret seems to be that they do reflexology once a day for six days in two week segments. Then they review the results and do more segments as necessary.
This requires self help and family help as well as the guidance of practitioners. The practitioner can give you a quality signal to break up the pattern of stress but you and your family can provide the quantity to help break it up.
Build reflexology into your life. It is easy to do reflexology well doing other activities. Put a foot roller under your desk or work your hands while waiting for the kids at school. Be creative but be consistent. Five minutes a day is worth more than an hour once in awhile.
If you are looking for self help try Hand and Foot Reflexology: A Self Help Guide. If you want to work on your child try Parent’s Guide to Reflexology. If you would like to learn to be a reflexologist try Complete Guide to Foot Reflexology (Revised 1993) and Hand Reflexology Workbook.
If you are interested in research try “Medical Applications of Reflexology, Findings in Research about Safety, Efficacy, Mechanism of Action and Cost Effectiveness of Reflexology” and Reflexions- the Journal of Reflexology Research Project.
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