Experts claim that self administered reflexology and acupressure are incredibly good ways that will provide you quick discrete relief for a variety of pain and symptoms.
Acupressure & Reflexology
It is interesting that acupressure and acupuncture work on the same principles without any intimidation factor. The difference is that acupuncture uses needles, and acupressure uses fingers providing moderate pressure.
Reflexology is science and uses therapeutic pressure massage in specific areas of our hands and feet in order to facilitate functional flow of energy, pain relief and optimal health.
It is important to mention that certain areas on human hands and feet called reflexes actually correspond with specific areas of our bodies and even organ systems within the bodies. Usually in the areas in which we feel pain, there is some type of blockage of the energy which prevents health and wellness.
In this article we are going to present you combined approaches of these two practices that you can try to use.
MIGRAINES AND HEADACHES
If you focus on the area at the base of the fingernails you will ease the pain from headaches and migraines. You should concentrate on the index finger and the webbing between thumb and index finger.
SINUS PRESSURE AND PAIN
First face palm towards you and then bring your thumb to the pad of your finger and forefinger to the opposite side close to your cuticle. Squeeze and hold the tip of each finger about 1-3 minutes and then press firmly. After that, lightly massage that area. Repeat the same procedure on each finger.
TENSION AND PAIN IN THE NECK
First you need massage the middle part between the knuckle at the top and toward the base of the finger. Repeat this on each finger on both hands.
You should warm up the whole thumb with gentle massage. This will respond to the stomach and spleen meridians. Another option is to press directly in the center of your palm.
COLD OR SORE THROAT
First massage the whole thumb until you warm it. Also, you can apply pressure for a longer period on the meaty part of the web of your hand. In addition to that, simply apply specific pressure to the thumb on the tissue to the inside by the nail.
Start with massaging of the whole hand with a gentle pressure. Next step is to press directly the point on your middle finger right below and on the side of your nail on the side closest toward the index finger.
MENSTRUAL CRAMPS OR ABDOMINAL PAIN
You need to massage gently the whole hand and then press directly on the point on your index finger right below and on the side of your nail on the side closest to the thumb.
There is another location that you should press directly: the point on your small finger just away from the nail on the cuticle line toward the outside. The procedure is next: in order to boost the energy and sensitivity of your hands start with massaging of you hands together about minute. It is recommended to massage gently by using the fingers and thumb of your opposite hand to warm up the skin. After that you need to press firmly the area of interest using your opposite thumb and fingers. Don’t forget to hold that position about 1-5 minutes and repeat 1-5 times as needed, or each day to prevent this problem.
When it comes to more gentle areas, you should hold 3-5 seconds. Keep that pressure and then slowly start to massage in small clockwise circles up to 5 times. After this give the area a small break. It is recommended to move the tissue with this massage, not merely rubbing the skin. Finally press firmly again up to a minute and take a break. Repeat this process up to 5 times.
Massage therapists and body workers say that is important to keep in mind that you should stay hydrated. That is important as only adequate hydration offers optimal health of the tissue, quality circulation and also has influence in toxins removal from the bloodstream after the massage and otherwise.
Pregnant women should avoid deep pressure to the web of the hand. In addition to that, certain areas can support stimulating uterine contractions. Therefore, if you are not supervised by a professional MT or doula, you definitely should avoid this practice.