In curing ailments, medication may and may not always be the best way to deal with it. There are many other ways to deal with health issues in a natural way, and one of them is reflexology.
Though it is true that reflexology and acupuncture share a lot in common, the way people receive reflexology and acupuncture is completely different. While the therapy of acupuncture involves the use of needles in the pressure points or energy meridians, in reflexology, only our fingers are used to perform the therapy. Reflexology is applied mainly on three areas – hand, feet, and ear.
And, through this piece of writing, we will help you know everything you need to know about hand reflexology, how to do it, and what its benefits are.
What Is Hand Reflexology?
As per reflexology theory, there are numerous reflex points available in our feet and hands. When we touch and massage these points in order to stimulate them, it affects the corresponding body organs in a positive way. Just like on our feet and ears, our hand also has numerous pressure points, which can be understood with the help of a hand reflexology chart.
Organs and body parts like the heart, lungs, shoulders, small intestine, kidney, and lower back are matched by respective reflex points on our hands. If we apply pressure on them in the right way, it stimulates nerve impulses, and the signal is travelled to the respective body area. The correct stimulation of organs creates a relaxation effect. When the muscles calm down, and blood vessels open up to facilitate circulation of blood, then the amount of oxygen and nutrients carried to the cells also improves, thereby resulting in a better health condition. So, the application of reflexology on hands is basically a way to unleash the energy flows within our body and facilitate the process of natural healing in our body.
In other words, we can also say that hand reflexology allows our body to do away with the negative emotions or feelings that turn into pent-up emotions. And, this is perhaps the most striking aspects of reflexology. In addition, we can also remove toxins and pollutants from our body, which have accumulated over the years, by applying reflexology techniques on our hands. So, without taking any kind of medicine or supplements, reflexology for hands is definitely an excellent way to heal organs and dispose of the toxins at the same time.
All we need to do is know about the specific reflex points or pressure points on our hands that correspond to the main organs in our body. Once we know about the points, we can easily apply a pressure technique on them to heal a certain body organ or part. So, let us now discuss about the various hand pressure points through the reflexology chart.
Understanding The Hand Reflexology Chart
In order to apply pressure on the right areas of our hands, which mostly include the palm and wrist, it is essential to know which area corresponds to which organ or body part.
The most fundamental aspect is – the reflex points on our left hand relates to the left region of our body and the points on our right palm corresponds to the right area of our body. So, we need to work accordingly. Below are some of the main aspects of reflexology mapfor the hand:
- To begin with, we should start with our thumb, which relates to our head. Our thumb signifies our hand and the side of our head represented by the inside of our upper thumb.
- If we wish to loosen up our shoulders then we need to work on our pinkies. Yes, the complete length of our pinkie finger corresponds to our shoulders. And, it is quite simple – our left pinkie finger corresponds to our left shoulder, and the right pinkie signifies our right shoulder.
- To heal our spleen, kidneys and intestines, we should work on the palm area that starts from the base of our thumb, and end up on our wrist. This reason for this is that the area encompasses the hand pressure points for the mounting, traverse and sliding colon.
Now, we need to find out the main hand reflexology points located on the tops of our hands. The majority of the pressure points on the top regions of our hands represent the pressure points or energy meridian on the palms. However, the presence of bones on this part makes this region pose a challenge. Quite certainly, the back side of our hand also contains several reflex points, though the bones present a difficulty in applying pressure on the points.
- The area right beneath the base of our pointer (index) finger, middle as well as ring fingers represents our heart and lungs.
- Once we figure out the spot mentioned right above, we can access our stomach and intestines through the reflex area located just below the fingers.
- We can also access our reproductive organs by working on the wrist region.
Some other areas are
- Eyes and sinuses are represented by the tips of our fingers, including the thumb.
- Ovary/testicles and uterus/prostate are represented by the side regions of the wrist.
- Neck, throat, and thyroid glands are represented by the base region of our thumb.
- Ears are represented by the area beneath our ring and pinkie finger.
How To Do Hand Reflexology
Rubbing, squeezing, pressing, and pulling are the four main techniques used in hand reflexology.
In the rubbing technique, we can simply rub our hands (including fingers) together so as to warm them up. For squeezing, we can use our thumbpad along with the index finger to gently squeeze each finger one by one, starting from base up to tip. For pressing, we can use the tip of our thumbnail to press and arouse the energy points on the other hand. Finally, we can use the thumbpad and index finger to hold the base of each finger and pull down gently towards the tip.