It’s difficult to go through life without experiencing aches and pains. Even if you are in tip-top physical shape you can still be inexplicably sore. Oh, and absolutely everyone experiences stress; that is something that is just a condition of being alive. But there are a few ways you can deal with these problems without popping any pills or any invasive procedures.
Alternative medicine isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. More often than not, it is pseudoscientific, meaning it claims to be based in science when it isn’t. Reflexology falls under alternative medicine. Reflexology is the application of pressure to the feet, hands and ears. It is also called zone therapy, in that the feet hand and ears represent a system of zones in the body that correspond to different organs and parts of the body.
Yeah, I know it sounds like quackery but some people swear by it. Also, the type of reflexology we are going to get into really will cause no harm if you try it. I mean, some reflexologists say that they can cure cancer. But, that is a load of malarkey. If you want to try to following technique, it could maybe provide you with some minor stress relief.
All you need for the following exercises is a pair of ears and a clothespin. “Each ear contains a complete reflex map of the body, rich with nerve endings and connectors to the central nervous system,” says reflexologist Helen Chin Lui. So, if you want to give reflexology a try, the ears are a good place to start.
Depending on what chart you look at, there can be up to about 50 parts of the ear that correspond to different parts of the body. We will only focus on six, as those six parts are easy to grasp onto with a clothespin. So, for the sake of keeping our lives simple, we’ll just stick to these six.
The top part of your ear connects to the back and shoulders. If you’re feeling a bit sore, grab a clothespin and put it on your ear for about a minute. Try to repeat this several times throughout the day. Then maybe you’re back and shoulder pain won’t seem so bad.
The top of the ear’s curve corresponds to your internal organs. Please, if you are feeling extreme discomfort a clothespin on your ear isn’t going to do squat. You should head to a doctor immediately. But if it’s something you can live with, maybe you can try this technique out.
The next reflex point in your ear is the upper-middle part. The upper middle part of your ear corresponds with your joints. If you are experiencing some stiffness in your joints, you can try to attach a clothespin to this part of your ear. It’s not going to cure arthritis, but it can provide some temporary relief from stiffness.
The next ear reflex point is the lower-middle part of your ear. This part corresponds with your throat and your sinuses. If you’ve got the flu, it’s best to load up on cold and flu medicine, drink lots of fluids and stay in bed. But, if you’ve got some minor congestion, try sticking a clothespin on this part of your ear for a little bit.
Slightly above the ear lobe corresponds with your digestive system. If you just ate something funky or you're experiencing some menstrual cramps, then this might provide some temporary relief. If you’ve got full on food poisoning, it’s better to head to the doctor.
The earlobe works with two parts of the body: the heart and the brain. It’s said that attaching a clothespin to the earlobe can help with headaches and migraines. It’s also said that attaching a clothespin to this part of your ear can help promote heart health. So, why not give it a try?
Again, if you are experiencing any extreme discomfort, it’s best to see your doctor. These are just some small techniques you can try at home to provide some temporary relief. So, see if any of them work for you, and then maybe you can look into reflexology a bit deeper. If you think the ears corresponded to lots of different areas of the body, you should look at the feet.
The feet correspond to over 50 different parts of the body, including muscles and organs. So next time bae gives you a hardcore foot rub, who knows, he may be alleviating colon discomfort or soothing your gallbladder. Maybe you should just get a professional reflexologist to take care of that for you though.
So, what do you think? Is reflexology for you? I get it’s kind of hard to believe that applying a little pressure to a part of your ear can relieve indigestion from that burrito you just had. I get it, it’s not for everyone. I prefer the good old fashion method of treating my ailments … pharmaceuticals. But, this could be a fun little experiment to try out.