Reflexology for her
Reflexology is an ancient healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the body –especially on the feet– that correspond to the body's organs and glands. Stimulating and applying pressure to the feet may be effective in helping relieve many symptoms of female discomforts.
+ Reflexology considers that using the rhythmic pressing of acupressure points for short periods, helps to unblock or to balance the flow of vital energy –or chi– to regulate energy imbalances that can provoke illnesses. The following exercises may help to relax your body and to restore your psychophysical balance in the face of the pains caused by PMS, pregnancy and menopause.
It is recommended to consult a reflexology specialist, especially if you've had incidence of miscarriage or a risky pregnancy.
The basic areas for reflexology massages to help to overcome female discomforts are the following:
- • The bottom of the feet. This area corresponds to the chest cavity, side of the neck, the spinal column, the sacrum, the thyroids and the suprarenal glands.
- • The outer edge of the foot. The pelvic area and the ovaries.
- • The inner part of the foot. The uterus and areas of the spinal column.
∎ Tension in the neck
Massage the toes, on the joint that joins the toes to the foot; especially on the big toe that corresponds to the neck. Massage for 2-3 minutes.
Massage the arch of the foot, which corresponds to the spinal column. Use the thumbs to knead along the edge of the foot, using small circular motions from the ankle up to the toes.
∎ Calming your mind and emotions
Massage the bottom and the edges of the feet to relax and soothe the mind and emotions. Gently massage along the entire foot, especially in the mid and upper areas, including the toes. This is a great massage for over all well-being.
∎ Premenstrual problems
To help fight discomforts associated with PMS, a week before your menstrual period starts:
1. Massage the areas that reflect the ovaries and pelvis.
2. Apply pressure on the point that reflects the lower back.
3. Lastly, massage on the point that reflects the sacrum (the lowest point of the back) that is located close to the heel.