Reflexology Points for
Inflammation and Allergies
Do you often experience symptoms of environmental allergies like sniffling, sneezing, congestion and runny, itchy eyes, nose and throat?
Allergies are your immune system’s overreaction to pollens and other substances. While they're not necessarily dangerous, for those with asthma, allergies can trigger more serious reactions.
You may have also noticed that if you are experiencing a lot of stress when allergy season arrives, the symptoms can worsen. Anything that relieves stress will therefore help reduce allergy symptoms.
So before you reach for those over-the-counter antihistamines that will often leave you feeling drowsy, plus other unpleasant side effects, there’s a powerful, natural way to find relief.
Reflexology calms the nervous system and transports you to a state of deep rest and relaxation by stimulating reflex points on your feet, hands, face and ears. There are thousands of nerves in these areas — 15,000 in your feet alone! This is why a reflexology session is so very soothing and nurturing, leaving you feeling clear and energized.
While releasing tension and stress, reflexology also affects your organs, glands as well as every part of your body, because each part has its related pressure point/area on the feet, hands, face and ears.
The chart above indicates some reflex points/areas on the feet that when stimulated, will help you breathe easier. Your reflexologist will work on the following areas during a 1-hour Reflexology treatment.
The sinuses (balls of the toes) open up clogged sinus cavities.
The pituitary or "master gland" (center of big toe) stimulates and balances hormone secretions of all other glands.
The thymus gland (upper inner edge of ball of foot) strengthens your immune system.
Your chest, lungs and bronchioles (center of ball of foot) release congestion.
The solar plexus/diaphragm (under ball of foot at center) reduces stress and relaxes breathing.
Your adrenal glands (just above center of foot near inner edge) produce cortisone/cortisol to reduce inflammation. Adrenalin boosts your energy level, often depleted by allergy symptoms.
The ileocecal valve (lower outer edge of foot) regulates mucus production.
Stimulating these points will help to:
balance the flow of your energy
promote overall wellness
benefit both seasonal allergies and chronic asthma
You can also use the power of your mind to help you feel better, both during and after a reflexology session. It's becoming more known that our thoughts and visualizations can have a direct affect on the world around us — and especially our bodies.
In the deep state of relaxation you experience during reflexology, you are very receptive to suggestions you give yourself — much like hypnosis. What a great opportunity to imagine yourself breathing easily and comfortably with clear sinuses! Perfect opportunity to give yourself positive internal messages.
Contributor to this page:
Laura Norman, M.S., LMT, world-renowned Holistic Reflexologist and author of the best-selling book, Feet First: A Guide to Foot Reflexology, offers private Reflexology and Life Wellness Coaching sessions and Holistic Reflexology Training Programs in South Florida, The Berkshires and New York City. Laura has created aromatherapy products, unique step-by-step Foot, Hand and Face Reflexology Instructional DVDs to follow along and use at home, and offers beautiful gift certificates instantly online for all occasions.