Reflexology is a popular holistic health therapy based on the theory that different parts of your feet correspond with areas of the body. It’s completely safe, non-invasive, and it’s actually super relaxing!
As stress and weight gain go hand in hand, here are 7 pressure points you can massage yourself to reduce stress and send your metabolism through the roof!
What is reflexology?
In traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that ‘qi’ (pronounced chee) or vital energy flows through the body, and when a person feels stressed, this energy becomes blocked, thereby causing illness and disease.
Whether you believe this or not, reflexology is a great way to destress!
15 Minute DIY Reflexology Treatment for Weight Loss
1. Start by relaxing the feet, one at a time
The best way to do this is to start pressing and squeezing your feet, or simply knead your feet very lightly.
Finish this by pressing and holding your thumb on the solar plexus point of each foot for 5-10 seconds each.
The solar plexus area is the little circle upper midpoint of your foot (see chart above).
2. Press and massage each pressure point in a circular motion
Increase the pressure slowly.
Bottom of each foot, “walk” your thumb up from the base of the heel to each toe (imagine your thumb is a caterpillar inching its way up your foot), then press these reflex points (colon & intestines, solar plexus, thyroid, adrenal gland, pituitary gland, urinary and hypothalamus gland) with the outer edge of your thumb.
3. To finish the massage, lightly run your fingertips down the sides, tops and bottoms of each foot
This is incredibly soothing to the nerves in the foot. Finish with another thumb press on the solar plexus point on both feet.
If you feel a small pea sized lump or ‘crystal’ in your foot, this is a good sign that there could be some inflammation or imbalance in the corresponding organ.
If the foot is tender or slightly more painful in this area and you’re not sure why, this is also a sign of inflammation.
You can also follow these traverse reflexology lines with your fingers. These lines tell you where to look on the above colourful chart if you something feels tender or sore.