Basics of Reflexology
I took a two day boot camp and have been enjoying a 6 month certification course to get certified in reflexology, but you don't have to pay a lot of money or take a class to learn a few basic tricks that can help you in the home. You will get a lot more out of a whole session of foot zone therapy (an elaborate foot massage and more that takes about an hour) than just using a few points, but a few points is better than nothing. Besides, it only takes a few seconds and doesn't cost any money so you have nothing to lose by trying.
Since ear troubles are common among children, I want to show you how to do the ear reflexology point. The right foot corresponds to the right side of the body, and the left foot corresponds to the left side of the body. So you can do both feet, or just the one that is having the problem. Make sure you go in the right direction, or you may cause more blockage instead of draining it.
You may feel "crunchies" or triggers in trouble areas. They are like tiny knots that can be worked out. Essential oils can also be applied to help the are out. If there is a problem, the area is likely to be sensitive and tender so you may have to deal with a screaming baby as you try to help them, but they will feel better afterward. Have the person drink plenty of water afterward, just like you would after a massage.
The motion is the same on any person, any age. I'm including pictures of an adult foot and a child foot. As a side note, always use washable markers when drawing on your foot or your child's foot as the child will inevitably start drawing on your other foot and their own feet while you try to take pictures.
|Push your finger or knuckle into the foot below the toes (between the 4th and 5th toe) and drag upward applying firm pressure|
|Continue dragging the thumb or knuckle underneath the toes moving towards the big toe|
|Pull down on the foot between the big toe and the one next to it. This is where it "drains".|
|Start by going upward under the 4tha nd 5th toes|
|Drag across under the toes|
|Drag downward between the big toe and the one next to it|
Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, nor have I ever claimed to be, (I've seen enough disclaimers on other pages that I think it might be wise to point that out even though it is obvious.) I'm not even a licensed reflexologist yet, but even if this sounds "hokey" to you (it did to me at first), what do you have to lose by trying?
For more information about foot zone therapy and reflexology, check out my website at jexweb.net/footzone and Family Foot Reflexology