While studying massage techniques a few years ago, I stumbled upon reflexology. Reflexology is not a massage–technically, as massage deals with soft tissue manipulation, and reflexology deals with reflex points. To relieve problems, you apply pressure to points that connect to certain organs and systems within the body. These points can be found on various areas of the body, but I will focus on hand reflexology for this post.
God’s metaphoric Hands carry us, help us & created us. Our bodies are wondrously made, and there are many connections.
If you think reflexology is a joke, here is some research that you can nibble on. Studies suggest that certain physical reactions occur when you stimulate certain areas of the body.
This stimulation may help with the following:
- Kidney health
- Intestinal health
- Lower blood pressure
- Pain reduction
- Cardiovascular health
- Pre-menstrual issues
- And so much more
I’ll teach you a few techniques that should help with a few common ailments. As mentioned earlier, I’m concentrating on reflexology of the hands. But before we get started, let’s connect a few dots.
Godly Colors and Reflexology
When we reflect on the colors on earth, we can see God’s divine connections. He is Light & His ‘Colors’ bring healing to our trinity & the world. We see light on earth, which has 7 primary visible colors that are healing to the physical body & creation.
You will find colors throughout the Bible, such as red, which can represent sin (Isaiah 1:18). Red can also symbolize a saving or a cleaning. (Exodus 12:7) (1 John 1:7). Christ’s sacrifice and shed blood cleanses us from sin and saves us from death (separation from God). The blood within your physical body helps eliminate impurities and cellular waste. It also needs a cleansing every now and then, which is often done with herbs. People can also do this with animal foods, such as raw milk, kidney, and liver. Of course, a few cultures did this by drinking animal blood.
But colors are an important part of your physical health and for reflexology as well (though colors overlap sometimes). For the hand, colors start at the tip of your fingers in the following order:
- Violet: Associated with the crown of your head/health of your brain–the tip of your fingers.
- Indigo: Associated with your head as well/the center–below the tip of your fingers.
- Blue: Your neck/throat area–the midsection of your fingers.
- Green: Usually connected to your chest area/heart–right under your fingers, excluding your thumb.
- Yellow: Connected to your midsection right above the stomach–the midsection of your hand.
- Orange: Associated with your lower abdomen. Bladder, kidneys, lower intestine, uterus, etc–approx 2-3 inches below your navel–the area of your hand that aligns with the bottom of your thumb.
- Red: This area includes the genitals & the base of the spine–the bottom of your hand and wrist area.
Now, let’s get started with the 5 common ailments and see how hand reflexology can help. You can use the right or left hand, depending on the side of your pain. If your pain is not on one particular side, use both hands (or the dominate hand). And remember, if you have ailments consistently, you must find out what’s causing them–to heal correctly.
1. The Achy Head
There are two ways to relieve a headache using hand reflexology:
- The Quickie Method
If you have a headache that feels like it’s in multiple places on your head, apply pressure in a circular motion to the tips of your fingers. Do this for at least 5 seconds, which should bring a rush of blood to your head. The blood carries anti-inflammatory contents, like flavonoids to help relieve any pressure around your head.
If your headache is concentrated around the forehead, then concentrate right under the tip of your finger.
- Get Deeper Relief
Just apply pressure to those tips every day for a few minutes. This should help improve circulation to your brain and help prevent those headaches. Oh, and just so you know, concentrate on your thumb if you want to improve brain functions.
2. Relieve That Annoying Cold
I rarely get colds. But when I was child, I remember how annoying they were. My nose was stuffy, and it was running all over the place. Lol. Colds can attack your body in different ways. And you already know how to deal with a headache associated with your cold.
A cold can also give you a sore throat, cough , runny nose, or a sinus infection. Reflexology can help with that, too:
To deal with sinuses, just massage a centimeter under the tip of your fingers. Concentrate on your pinky and thumb.
- The Sore Throat
Have you ever drawn a picture of a turkey using your hand? The thumb became the head of the turkey, and the rest of your fingers were its feathers. Well, the throat is the bottom part of your thumb–that flexible or stretchy area of your thumb is where you want to massage.
- The Runny Nose
Okay, this pressure point is right in the middle of your fingers. Extend your hand, and locate the middle crease of your fingers. You want to massage right in between those two lines, concentrating on the bottom half.
Your thumb is easier to do; just massage right above the middle crease.
Massage right under the middle crease or mid-joint of your thumb to get rid of your cough. Or, you can massage the bottom crease of each of your fingers.
3. “Move Out of My Way, I Just Can’t Hold It”
I’m talking about diarrhea, and there is another way to deal with it. Concentrate on that orange section of your hands, at the far end, right below the pinky finger.
Use a ruler or a straight utensil, and place it over the bottom joint of your thumb. That end point is the area that you want to apply pressure to.
4. Bye-Bye Menstrual Pain
If you’re eating the right diet, you shouldn’t have much pain (unless there is some other underlying issue). But this will help with occasional menstrual pains. You will find that some reflexologists disagree with where this location is on the hand. But I have tested this area, and it worked. It’s best to do this before your cycle arrives, as this could increase the flow. You will need to stimulate the following two areas:
- The Uterus Section
This area is on the right side of your wrist. Just lightly massage that area in circular motions.
- The Ovaries
Follow the uterus across your wrist to the left end. That is the ovarian section. Just apply a little pressure there.
These points will help enhance the overall health of your menstrual cycle.
5. Back Pain
You will need to apply pressure to that whole section on the exterior part of your thumb–to the bottom of your hand where it meets your wrist (your spine). Just massage that area when you experience back pain.
Make sure you massage the mid-section of your wrist on your red area as well for your lower back.
Well, I hope this is helpful for someone. Till next time.
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