Even though it’s March and it might feel like we are moving towards spring, (at least in Atlanta… today) we aren’t quite out of winter. While the days are getting a little longer, it’s still cold in most parts and it’s easy to feel lethargic. As a certified reflexologist, I help many of my clients with feelings of exhaustion, insomnia, depression and stress during the winter months.
Reflexology is a gentle, holistic, complementary therapy that involves treatment by applying pressure to the reflex areas in the feet, hands or ears to induce relaxation, encourage cleansing/detoxing, restore and maintain to the body's self-healing ability. By acting on reflex areas corresponding to all parts of the body, organs and glands, reflexology is a means for treating the whole being, releasing blockages in the vital energy pathways and restoring the free flow of energy. The main aim is to bring balance to the entire being – mind, body and soul – by restoring the natural energy flow.
Our low energy levels, particularly in the winter, commonly bring headaches, insomnia and stress (and/or anxiety). Luckily, there are three hand reflexology points you can try anywhere to help give energy a little boost!
Point One - Adrenals: Our adrenals work so hard for us, yet our daily lives give them a beating. If you are frequently feeling tired or moody, you may be experiencing adrenal fatigue. You know the term “fight or flight”? Yes! Well, that is one of many responses our adrenals are responsible for and if we are continually in a mode of stress (who isn’t?), then they need to work double-time.
The adrenals can be found in between your thumb and forefinger in the “web” of your hand. Hold one hand with the other, palm up and press slightly with your opposite thumb. Continue to press lightly and don’t be over-aggressive.
Point Two - Solar Plexus: Ok, I love, love, love this reflex point. It’s very easy to find. Again, hold one hand and place your thumb between the 2nd and 3rd fingers, just below your knuckles. Press as you inhale, and release as you exhale.
Point Three - Diaphragm: Take a deep breath! Let’s relax your diaphragm. Using a comfortable pressure with your thumb of the opposite hand, “walk” across and down your hand, feeling for any sore spots underneath your thumbs. Remember to take deep breaths as you work through your hand. Refer to the diagram on the right.
What I love about these energy boosting helper areas is how easy the points are to find and how quickly you should notice some relief! But, be kind to yourself and don’t expect miracles. It took you a while to get to where you are feeling this way, it will take a minute to get you back going again.
If you are based in the Atlanta area and would like to book a full energy boosting reflexology session or if you just have general reflexology questions, email me!
*Do not practice these tips if you are pregnant. Reflexology is not a substitute for medical treatment, but is a complement to most types of therapy.