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BENEFITS OF HAND REFLEXOLOGY
Western medicine rediscovered the technique of touch point therapy with the help of Dr. William Fitzgerald who called it Zone Therapy. In 1915, an article titled “To Stop That Toothache, Squeeze Your Toe,” brought touch therapy to the public’s attention.
Touching specific pressure points on your hands is essentially a form of reflexology. When you practice reflexology, you stimulate the nerve endings in the hands which send messages to all parts of the body through the nervous system. There are different reflexology charts of the hands: Western, Indian, Korean and Aculife. The chart below is a sample of a Western chart.
Here are some basic techniques to keep in mind:
* Use the index finger, thumb or both to apply pressure.
* Apply either direct pressure or pressure in a small circular motion over the spot.
* Apply firm pressure for 3 to 5 seconds.
* Begin with your right hand and finish with your left hand.
EXAMPLE FOR BACK PAIN
Pressing the side of the thumb starting at the tip and working down to the wrist. Spend extra time on areas that are sore but don’t press too hard.
Note: Some people should avoid reflexology due to medical conditions such as blood clots that could be aggravated. Consult with your physician if you have concerns.
*Disclaimer: This blog is solely the opinion of the author and is not intended to diagnose, treat, and/or cure any disease nor should it be construed as medical advice.
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Trish Carter, Certified EDS Technician