Dr Oz: Reflexology
What is Reflexology? Dr Oz’s guest said that this ancient therapy is built on the belief that all parts of the body are connected through nerves that run to the ears, feet, and hands. Reflexologist Michelle Ebbin said you can use the knowledge and techniques to target specific areas of the body for stress relief and health benefits.
Like Meditation, Reflexology is something that you can do anywhere, without requiring special equipment. You can also use Reflexology for preventative health. If you notice a spot that feels tender or abnormal on your hand, you can use a Reflexology map to see what part of the body that area is connected to. You could potentially cut off a problem before it makes you sick.
Dr Oz: Reflexology Headache Treatment
Dr Oz got Michelle to put her expertise to use. First, they shared how to find a Reflexology pressure point for headaches. Frequent headache sufferers are probably game to try any solution, and maybe this one will work for you.
Press near the top of your thumb, at the flesh behind the fingernail. Use the thumb and index finger from your opposite hand to do this. Hold for a few seconds. Make small circles in one direction; then reverse. Use firm pressure but don’t cause yourself pain. Then switch hands and repeat.
The same pressure point that runs to the brain can also help to relieve congestion. For chronic headache sufferers, this may be a treatment you will want to try on a daily basis, because relief can come gradually.
Dr Oz: Back Pain Reflexology
Back Pain is another hot topic among frequent sufferers. Michelle and Dr Oz showed that the reflex area for the back and spine is the crease that runs below the thumb and down to the wrist.
Press the thumb from one hand into the crease of the other hand. Make some small circles. Then reposition your thumb about 1/2″ lower and repeat. Continue to follow the crease until you reach your wrist.
Dr Oz: Digestive Health Reflexology
Do you have Digestive Problems that you want to treat using Reflexology? You can press on the webbing between your thumb and index finger to communicate with the stomach. Press and hold for a few seconds. Then massage the area in a circular motion. This can help to improve digestion as well as relieve a stomachache or nausea.
If you are someone who suffers from problems such as constipation, gas, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, try pressing below the center of the palm for Reflexology relief.
Dr Oz: Reflexology for Anxiety
Anxiety is another issue that bothers a lot of people. Michelle said the Reflexology point for it is in the middle of the hand. Press the thumb there and make circles in one direction. Then change and go in the other direction.
Alternately, try holding the pressure and curling your hand toward you. A third option is to use your thumb to press all over the area of the opposite palm.
Michelle threw in some bonus tips as well. Gently pulling on your fingers can help with maladies of the ears, eyes, and head. Pinching and holding the fingertips will target your sinuses. Have you ever tried Reflexology?