The holidays can be a very stressful time for people of all ages. Everyone seems to be running around and no one has enough time to take care of themselves. You may be aware of the benefits of Reflexology but may not be able to set aside enough time to come in for a session. What would it be like if you could have access to health and holiday stress-reduction at your fingertips? Hand and foot Reflexology for self-care can be the quick ‘pick me up’ that you need to make it through this Holiday Season.
Here are the 3 best points to get you through the holidays:
Solar Plexus Reflex:
The solar plexus reflex point is one of the most powerful points in foot and hand reflexology. In the physical body, the solar plexus is found where the rib cage meets the stomach at the level of the diaphragm. On the feet, it can be found by drawing an imaginary line from the third toe down to just below the ball of the foot. The hand point is located in line with the 3rd finger, just below the knuckles on the palm side. The solar plexus is a clustered network of nerves that sits directly behind the stomach. It goes out to all parts of the abdominal cavity and has also been referred as the “abdominal brain”. The solar plexus is highly affected by stress so releasing this reflex point has been known to decrease stress levels as well as increase the body’s tolerance for stress.
The adrenal glands are located just above the kidneys. If you suffer from chronic stress, your adrenals are working overtime and pressing this Reflexology point can help you relax. Your adrenal gland releases stress hormones called adrenaline and noradrenaline which trigger the “fight or flight” response. The adrenal reflex point is located just above the half way mark of the foot in line with the big toe. In the hand this reflex is located half way between the tip of your thumb and your wrist. With the adrenal reflex and solar plexus reflex having similar effects on the body what is the point in working both of them? The solar plexus is a group of nerves that once stimulated can almost immediately trigger relaxation while the adrenal gland requires time for those hormones to run through your system and flush out of your body. Shortly after you realize your situation may not be so life threatening as you initially thought, it would be very beneficial to press both the adrenal and solar plexus reflex points. Together they create a short-term and long-lasting effect on your overall level of stress.
The pituitary gland, also known as the “master gland”, is considered the most important gland in the body because it regulates the functions of all other endocrine glands. The pituitary reflex point is located in the middle of each big toe and each thumb. Because the pituitary gland harmonizes any imbalances within the body, this reflex point will effectively relax and or energize the body based on what is needed at that moment. It helps to hold this point before bedtime as it will help to calm and relax the body, producing a better night’s sleep. Holding this point first thing in the morning will have the opposite effect of energizing the body.