Reflexology For Weight Loss
One of the more relaxing ways to complement your weight loss efforts is to reach for your feet. No, I’m not talking about exercising and touching your toes; I’m referring to practicing reflexology for weight loss.
Reflexology is a noninvasive, complementary therapy that involves applying pressure to specific points on the feet, hands, and/or ears. The basis of reflexology is that these points correspond to certain body organs and systems and that when pressure is applied, blocked energy is released, allowing the body to return to its natural state of balance and healing.
In many countries, reflexology is used routinely along with other treatments for a variety of conditions, such as asthma, back pain, depression, headache, indigestion, premenstrual syndrome, and sinusitis. You can add weight loss to that list.
Reflexology for weight loss
You can learn to do reflexology on yourself or have a friend do it for you. Several excellent books and website on how to practice reflexology are available, as well as instructions and detailed reflexology maps of the feet, hands, and ears. Another option is to seek help from a professional reflexologist.
To complement your weight loss efforts, points that correspond to the spleen and digestive system need to be pressed. You can refer to these maps of the feet to help you locate the corresponding sites.
One thing to remember about reflexology is that points on the left foot correspond to the left side of the body and those on the right foot correspond to the right side. If you want to treat your liver, for example, that point is on the right foot since the liver is on the right side of the body.
Use a reflexology foot map to find the following points that can help with weight loss. It is suggested you work each of these points for 5 minutes daily using your thumb or a single finger.
Reflexology points for weight loss
- Spleen, which is on the outer edge of the right foot. Working this point can reduce hunger
- Pancreas, which is on the inner edge near the arch of both feet. Helps with nutrient absorption
- Digestive system (colon), also with points on both feet. Working these points improves nutrient absorption
- Gallbladder, lower portion of top third of left foot. Improves emulsion of fat
- Endocrine glands, left and right margins of the big toe on both feet as well as next to the pancreas. Here you are working the thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal glands to relieve stress, which can make it easier to stay with your weight loss program
If you prefer to work points on your hands that correspond to the organs and glands mentioned above, then refer to this hand chart. Using reflexology on your hands is especially helpful when it's not convenient to take off your shoes!
Now let’s switch to the ears for a moment. If you want to suppress appetite and hunger, try applying pressure to the point under your earlobe, where the skin of the ear meets the jaw.
A good time to incorporate reflexology into your daily routine is when you first get up in the morning or before you go to bed at night. If you experience cravings during the day, you can work the spleen point on your hands or feet to help beat back the desire to eat.
Andrews S, Dempsey B. Acupressure and reflexology for dummies. For Dummies 2007
University of Minnesota. Reflexology
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