Traditional Chinese Medicine have long touted the benefits of stimulating certain points along the body that correspond to specific organs or body parts. Foot reflexology is based on this theory. The reflexologists says that the bottom of your foot is covered with points that correspond to various body systems and parts. Massaging these points, either stroking them or applying pressure, releases tension and blockages that prevent the flow of energy and stimulates the circulation of blood. Reflexology also helps crush small "crystals," or deposits of lactic acid, that settle in your feet. Once they are broken up, they can be reabsorbed into the body and the waste can be eliminated by the lymph system.
Locating Reflexology Points
A few points are useful in alleviating depression. Refer to a book for the exact location of the points in your foot. A spot in the center of the big toe corresponds to the pituitary gland. Just above and to the side (toward the inside of the foot) of this point is another small point that refers to the pineal gland. In the center of the ball of your foot is a spot that corresponds to the thymus, and on the ball of the foot underneath your big toe is a point that refers to the thyroid and parathyroid glands. Since all of these glands-pituitary, pineal, thymus, thyroid, and parathyroid-are associated with emotional stability and mental health, massaging them or applying pressure to them can help to relieve your depressive symptoms.
To deal with depression use a two-part session for your hands or feet. On one day, work the solar plexus, diaphragm, chest, lung, shoulder, arm, neck, heart, pancreas and thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal gland reflex points as well as all of the points on the tops and bottoms of the toes, paying special attention to the brain and pituitary gland. Also work the hypothalamus points on the feet. The next day, switch to the shoulder/arm, neck and throat points. Also work the breast/chest and thymus points on the feet.
Note: Reflexology should be a relaxing experience for you. If you're the kind of person who does not really like having your feet touched---or you're ticklish-it's probably not a good therapy for you!
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