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Do-It-Yourself Reflexology...to Heal and Invigorate

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As a practicing reflexologist, I am continually amazed by the positive effect reflexology can have on people. It can release energetic blockages and held emotions, and encourage deep relaxation. In this article you will find three useful reflex points that you can enjoy working on at home.

    Who doesn't love a foot rub? While reflexology practitioners use particular methods of applying pressure, any type of massage or pressure application can be beneficial, so try it out on yourself, a family member or friend - tune in to what works and feels good for you. You can inadvertently work the body, and help it to re-balance. Enjoy!

Three useful reflex points to massage

I have chosen to share three reflexology points that are easy to locate and work on at home, working on these points has the potential to be deeply relaxing and transformative. The three points are the pituitary gland, the adrenal glands and the solar plexus...

​Pituitary Gland: The pituitary gland is the primary endocrine gland and controls almost every other gland in our body. It is located on the inside of the big toe (as illustrated in the diagram) and is often tender. Working on the pituitary gland encourages chemical and hormonal balance throughout the body and can be especially useful for the symptoms of PMT.

Adrenal glands: Due to our modern lifestyles and high stress levels, we put immense pressure on our adrenal glands, which can lead to adrenal fatigue. With almost everyone I work with the adrenal glands are tender and thus easy to locate. The position varies slightly from person to person, it is somewhere on the upper arch of the foot near the inner edge (see diagram below). Have a feel around until you feel a slight lump or hollow, or notice some tenderness. You can rub your thumb or finger on this point using a circular motion or apply gentle pressure where it feels tender. Working on the adrenal glands helps to alleviate anxiety and nervous tension. I love massaging the arch of the foot around this area - pure bliss!

Solar plexus: This is a very nurturing point to work, though it appears quite subtle. It is located at the bottom of the ball of the foot. Very gently holding this point can be extremely relaxing, the pressure can be extremely light and I usually incorporate this towards the end a reflexology session. It helps to relieve nervous tension and encourage deep relaxation.

So experiment and enjoy. Reflexology can be quite impactful so go gently initially and notice how you react. Stay tuned in and do what feels right for you. It can also be done on the hands. As reflexology can be detoxifying and releasing, it is recommended that you drink lots of water, avoid alcohol, caffeine and spicy food after a treatment. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

    Blessings on you and your feet,

    Fiona

(for more information on reflexology visit my reflexology page)


Fiona is an Openhand Facilitator and the Openhand Community Manager (see about us at: Openhandweb). She is also a reflexologist and experienced doula. She is passionate about living true to her heart and soul and empowering others to do the same. Her website is... http://www.fionareilly.co.uk

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Trinity's picture

Beautiful! Also having had the honour of your gorgeous, reflexology treatment (which I highly recommend) - - - I know that my adrenal and pituitary spot are EXCEEDINGLY sensitive ha ha!

Everything is connected, so it makes perfect sense that stress in one part of the body is reflected through different channels in our feet (hands too). I am always amazed when you hit the 'right' spot and it turns out to be something I am already aware of. I can feel the channel and flow opening up. So powerful to feel the energy releasing.

On a related note: I participated in an amazing evening workshop once in Maui, with my partner (at the time). It was a couples reflexology with two practitioners per person. Was extraordinary. Two people worked on one person. So one person worked on the feet and the other person worked on the correlating spot on the body. Oh my word! Was so powerful. Of course people who were sceptical were more closed down energetically - and therefore felt less (self fulfilling prophecy ha ha). People who were surrendered, were having massive shifts!!! Like me!

Thank you for sharing these tips! Much appreciated.
with love
Trinity

elaine11's picture

Hi Fiona - yes solar plexus and adrenal points are very sensitive on my feet:) I would like to ask you as a reflexologist - do you think that energy flows though from the practicitoner to the client? I sometimes have concerns about this - same with massage etc. thanks
love
Elaine

Heire's picture

Hi Fiona,

Thanks for sharing this wonderful article. Exactly what I needed right now. Adrenal gland on my left foot almost knocked me out, it felt so good.

Will definitley come back to experiment and explore.

Much love,
Heike

Trinity's picture

Beautiful to see you guys here too (I think we all secretly just want out feet done by you Fiona ha ha).

Just a little addition here for anyone else who might be interested in some more natural alternatives to prevent and support Adrenal Burn Out. I published an article on the subject here a while back: https://www.openhandweb.org/adrenal_burn_out_how_to_treat_naturally

Fiona Reilly's picture

Hi Elaine,

Great question, I absolutely think that the energy can transfer between therapist and client. This is why it is so important that as a therapist we leave our own stuff aside and come from a clear and present state when working with others. Then the Universal energy just simply flows through us, and is not confused with the practitioners stuff. This is something that we explore and practise a lot on the Openhand Facilitator training and with Trinity's Empath guidance.

I am very mindful about who I receive treatments from and can feel if they have some kind of mindled directed intention, this is generally well intentioned, though it doesn't work for me. I have politely interupted a treatment on a couple of occasions when I felt some energy from the therapist that didn't feel congruent and explored it with them. It's very important that I feel safe with whomever I am working with and my relationship with the practitioner is a crucial part of the healing process.

With love, Fiona

Fiona Reilly's picture

Hi Heike,

I'm glad that the article resonates! Have fun experimenting Smile

I very much look forward to connecting with you and your feet next week for the Transfiguration. It's going to be awesome, can hardly wait!

With love, Fiona

Fiona Reilly's picture

Hi Trinity,

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback Smile

Just about everyone I work with has sensitive adrenals, it's probably an indication of the stressed lives we lead in this busy world! Your article is a wonderful guide in how to support the adrenals. Thanks for sharing again here!

Having two people working simultaneously like you describe sounds totally divine - I feel blissed out just even thinking about it!

With love and gratitude, Fiona

Trinity's picture

Indeed, busy world with so much stimulation sends most of us into overdrive. I know I am always looking at ways to slow myself down. Always feel so much inspiration flowing through me with various projects that I tend to over-do it. I know that highly sensitives and empaths suffer particularly with adrenal stuff too - totally hyper stimulation from the crazy 3D world.

***Deep inhale - a rub of the adrenal spot - and surrendering in to the higher dimensions - ahhhhhhh ***

Aspasia's picture

Fiona, thank you! I have been having a very intense month and still not over till next week. Feeling tired, SO where do I sign up for a session with you please?? Email coming to you!

Warm love x

Fiona Reilly's picture

Hi Aspasia,

Thank you for the lovely message Smile I know the feeling of being busy, I've had one of those months too, though thankfully it seems to be slowing down now! Just in time for next weeks Transfiguration, which I am really excited about. It may not necessarily be so much of a restful time, though promises to be a rich, deep and transformative week in Bruges!

Look forward to seeing you soon in Belgium and be lovely to do a reflexology session with you at some point whenever that flows.

With love, Fiona

Aspasia's picture

Thank you Fiona, sounds great, let's go with the flow. Looking forward to seeing you and to the week. Its in Nature and I am camping!! So... it will be ideal! Smile

Much love xx