From headaches to insomnia, say goodbye with these 4 powerful reflexology tricks

If you hate the taste of medicine but often get the occasional headache or pain in the back or neck from the time to time, you might want to consider reflexology.

Reflexology—when this term is mentioned, many people usually think of a foot massage. But actually, reflexology is an alternative-medicine practice of applying pressure to specific “reflex points” located on the hands, ears, and feet—these points correspond to different organs of the body. Also known as zone therapy, this alternative method has been gaining popularity in recent years due to its ability to alleviate pain.

According to The American Academy of Reflexology, people who have undergone reflexology sessions report health benefits. Some of the advantages include detoxification, improved circulation, reduced stress, and alleviation of allergy symptoms.

If you prefer taking fewer painkillers, these reflexology tips can be useful to you.

1. Headache

To relieve a sinus headache, massage the tips of your thumbs and fingers or the area between your forefinger and your thumb.

As the area corresponds to the nerves that connect to your head and temple region, massaging the area can provide instant pain relief.

2. Neck and back pain



Massage the top of your thumb to the middle of your wrist. This area corresponds to the spinal reflex (as indicated in red below).

You can also massage it for a bit longer if the area is painful. Repeat this step for several times on both hands.

3. Cold and flu

Have a runny nose or have the feeling that you are getting sick? Try alleviating the head and sinus reflexes by massaging the base of each finger to the tip. Do this on each finger a few times.

4. Insomnia

Tossing and turning throughout the night? Try massaging the pituitary gland reflex located in the middle of your thumb, the area of your thumbprint. Press the center of the thumb and hold between 30 seconds and 1 minute. Do this on both thumbs a few times a day.

The above are a few of the common pains and symptoms that can be eased with reflexology. However, a word of caution: Some of the techniques may not work on everyone, and they are mainly for your reference; it is best to see a doctor if you are experiencing serious discomfort or pain.

Although reflexology is a safe practice, it might not be the best solution if you are recovering from a foot or hand injury.,

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