How Can Reflexology Benefit Me?

Did you know that the organs in the body are reflected in your hands and feet and that targeted massage can influence and stimulate your organs to improve your overall health?

The oldest documentation of the use of reflexology was found in Egypt, approximately 2,500 B.C. Early Egyptian artists observed and recorded scenes of daily life which we then later discovered art work displaying scenes depicting medical practitioners treating the hands and feet of their patients. There is some confusion about the true origin of this powerful therapy, however, it has stood the test of time and has helped thousands of people to better health.

What is Reflexology?

The dictionary defines “Reflex” as “an involuntary or instinctive movement in response to a stimulus” or in the sense of reflection or mirror image.

Reflexology is a focused pressure technique, usually directed at the feet or hands. It is based on the premise that there are zones and reflexes on different points of the body which correspond to and are relative to all parts, glands and organs of the entire body.

When the reflexes are stimulated, the body’s natural electrical energy works along the nervous system to clear the blockages in the corresponding zones. Manipulating specific reflexes removes stress, activating a parasympathetic response in the body to enable the blockages to be released by a physiological change in the body.

How can I benefit from reflexology?

Through massaging the hand and body’s pressure points, and through relaxing and breathing deeply, you will be able to enter a clear stream of consciousness. That being said, the fingers are said to correlate to our core feelings and attitudes, including those of anxiety, fear, insecurity, and irritability. Gently applying pressure to your hands and fingers may have an impact on very specific organs.

Photo By: Jin Shin Jyutsu

A simple exercise to try at home:

Lightly hold each finger one at a time. Begin with your right thumb, exhale and inhale for about 3-5 minutes. Continue with each finger. Do the right hand, then the left. If you don’t have time for both hands, hold the side that feels most tense.

Below, is an outline which effects are related to each of the fingers, and how you can best balance out your emotions. Give it a whirl, maybe even surprise your significant other with a hand massage this evening!

Signification of Each Finger

A. Thumb

Stomach, spleen, skin surface, absorption and digestion of food.

Emotional: calms the nerves and eases worry.

B. Index Finger

Kidneys, bladder, muscles, circulatory system.

Emotional: induces feelings of peace, increases flexibility of thoughts.

C. Middle Finger

Liver, gall bladder, detoxification, conversion of nutrients.

Emotional: reduces bursts of anger, brings harmony to your emotions.

D. Ring Finger

Lungs, large intestine, deeper layers of the skin, respiratory system, promotes vitality and energy.

Emotional: helps with feelings of loss and grief, assists with the process of letting go.

E. Little Finger

Bone structure, heart and small intestine.

Emotional: magnifies your intuition and stimulates inspiration and inner wisdom.

Sources: History and Theory of Hand Reflexology – Ontario College of Reflexology; The History of Reflexology – Reflexology UK; Inner Stillness – Jin Shin Jyutsu;

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