It’s that time of year again.
The kids are back at school and the whole family has increased exposure to any number of bugs flying around. You are conscious of boosting your immunity, keeping stress low, exercising and eating right.
But what happens when you do succumb to a virus such as the common cold?
Reflexology is one highly effective way to help reduce your symptoms.
Reflexology and Cold Symptoms
There are many simple reflexology techniques to use on yourself and your family to make everyone’s life a little more bearable. Most people consider reflexology to be all about feet, but working on hands and ears is equally effective and makes it convenient to use these relief methods wherever you may be.
So what symptoms can you alleviate?
First, let’s work on reducing sinus pressure and clearing mucus out of there!
This diagram illustrates the palm side of the hand. The reflexes for the sinus areas are shown in orange. >>>
Work these areas in all directions using a creeping caterpillar motion with the thumb of your opposite hand. Don’t get too hung up on the correct technique, just cover the area with relatively uniform pressure and you will see results.
You may have to work for 10 minutes or more on each hand to get effective relief, but when you do, you’ll find the relief was worth the time and effort!
Next, what about that headache?
If it’s sinus related you will already be feeling relief from working the sinus reflexes, but let’s work the head/brain reflex on the ear, too.
It’s shown here in blue.
The technique for this reflex is a gentle squeezing pressure between first finger and thumb. Sit in a chair and lean forward resting your elbows on your knees while you work to avoid arm fatigue.
Again, be patient.
This should be done for at least 10 minutes and if you can work both ears at once that is best but not essential. If the headache is one-sided you may find that the ear on that side is tenderer than the other. That is good because it shows you are on the correct reflex.
A tender neck may also be relieved through the ears.
Work the cervical neck reflex, shown in green on the cartilage area just above the soft ear lobe.
Use the same squeezing pressure technique between the first finger and thumb as you used on the head/brain reflex.
Lastly, for general fatigue and achiness roll a tennis ball under your feet. This will gently stimulate all the reflexes of the body and release areas of blocked energy.
Reflexology and Your Overall Health
Receiving regular reflexology from a Certified Reflexologist reduces stress and in turn boosts your immune system.
Many clients report reduced susceptibility to viruses, and if they do catch a cold, they experience fewer symptoms and shorter recovery times.