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Did you know that Chinese Reflexology points can give you a quick measure of your health and well-being? Test your reflexology points to discover something new about yourself and how to improve your health and vitality.
There’s a Chinese proverb that says:
“The superior doctor prevents sickness. The mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness. The inferior doctor treats actual sickness.”
What this means is that a great doctor will help you stay healthy whereas a less skilled doctor will allow things to progress until physical symptoms appear and then they’ll treat the issue at the early stage. On the other hand, an unskilled doctor will let things get so bad that you actually come down with sickness and then, they’ll try to fix things.
This proverb makes it easy to blame the doctor when you get sick. However, it’s very disempowering to do this. The old Chinese proverb needs to be tweaked for modern times and here’s my take on it:
“The superior patient prevents sickness. The mediocre patient attends to impending sickness. The inferior patient treats actual sickness. The really inferior patient sticks their head in the sand until things are so bad, it’s almost (but not quite) impossible to treat the sickness.”
Unfortunately, it’s pretty common in our modern Western society to ignore the early warning signs in our bodies. The “mediocre patient” will let things progress until they notice early stage symptoms and then they’ll finally do something about it. The “inferior patient” lets things deteriorate to the point where they get completely sidelined before they address the problem.
Then, there’s the “really inferior patient” who ignores the problem until they come down with something that is “incurable” or becomes chronic. Only then, do they turn to alternative healing. At that point, it’s much harder to treat and takes a much longer time to return to health.
So, my question for you is, “Who do you want to be?” Regardless of what is going on in your body right now, you can be the “superior patient”—only you wouldn’t be a patient, you’d be YOUR OWN “superior doctor”, healing at the energy level to prevent physical symptoms before they happen.
And that’s my ultimate intention for everyone who reads my website or crosses my path. I want to teach you how to heal your body. More importantly, I want to empower you to have amazing health and vitality for the rest of your life.
Traditional Chinese Reflexology works by treating disharmonies at the energy level. If you can catch and reverse problems at the energy level, you can prevent them from manifesting in the physical body.
It also works both ways. If there is a physical problem, you can treat the energy to help the body heal. When your Qi is strong and in balance, this supports healing of the physical body.
Massaging a reflexology point sends healing Qi (life force energy) to the affected area to clear toxins and help the body get what it needs to heal (e.g. oxygen, blood, nutrients, antibodies, etc.). To learn more about how energy supports healing, read The Nature of Qi.
Rather than go see an “inferior doctor” or be an “inferior patient”, be the keeper of your own health. When YOU are responsible for your health, you own the power to heal yourself. You hold the keys to your health and vitality and no matter what is going on in your body right now, when you recognize YOUR POWER, you are on the path to healing.
No doctor, diet or medication heals you. Chinese Reflexology doesn’t heal you. Alternative medicine doesn’t heal you. Even your mind doesn’t do the healing. It is YOUR BODY that does the healing. When you acknowledge this, then you start realizing your power.
So go ahead and give these three reflexology points a try to get instant feedback on your health and well-being by uncovering energy disharmonies in your body.
PLEASE NOTE IF YOU ARE PREGNANT: There are points on and around your feet that are used to induce labour. Thus, it is best to avoid practicing reflexology on yourself if you are pregnant.
Use It to Check: Your overall levels of life force Qi
Why It Matters: In Chinese Medicine, the Kidneys are considered the “root of life” and “mother of all Qi”. They store your “Jing” or your reserves of life force energy. Thus, your Kidneys are like batteries storing the energy available to you for your life.
When Kidney Jing is depleted, it’s like draining the battery on your cell phone. Eventually, your phone dies and the same thing happens to your body when you’ve used up all of your Jing.
As well, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, deficiency in the kidneys is associated with numerous health issues. These include:
How to Test Your Kidney Reflexology Point
The kidney point is shaped like a rectangle and located on the sole of your foot. You have a kidney point on each foot, but for this exercise, you’ll use your left foot.
To locate this point, imagine a line dividing your foot in half horizontally. Be sure to measure from the tip of your big toe to the base of your heel and then divide this length in half.
Next, imagine a second line dividing your foot in half vertically. These two lines create four quadrants. On your left foot, the kidney point is located in the top left quadrant.
Finally, imagine another horizontal line along the bottom of the ball of your foot. Your kidney point is located below this line and above the halfway horizontal line.
The point is approximately the width of your thumb. Place your thumb on the vertical line, with two thirds of the thumb in the top left quadrant and one third in the top right quadrant of your left sole.
To test this point, press the knuckle of your right index finger onto the top portion of the kidney reflexology area on your foot. Lean your weight into your knuckle to press deeply into this point. Lift up your knuckle and move it a little bit lower on the point and repeat. Continue doing this until you’ve covered the whole kidney area.
Rate Your Sensitivity Level
Give your overall kidney point a rating between 0 to 5 according to the following scale:
What It Means When Your Kidney Point Is Sensitive
There are many reasons why your kidney point may be sensitive. To understand the big picture, you need to view this in relation to your other reflexology points, overall constitution and lifestyle. For example, someone would have a sensitive kidney point if they have or had kidney issues (e.g. kidney stone, kidney disease) or if they’ve been taking medication for a long period of time.
However, for the purpose of this exercise, we’ll focus on what this point says about your life force energy levels.
Rating: 0 or 1
Ideally, if your Qi is strong and robust, you would rate this a zero. I’ve only met one person who had a zero the first time they had Chinese Reflexology, so if you’re not feeling anything, you’re probably not pressing hard enough.
A rating of 1 suggests that overall, you are very healthy or your general constitution is very robust. You have excellent energy levels, but you may be doing a little too much lately. It would be good to relax and recharge.
Rating: 2 or 3
This suggests that you have been depleting your Qi over time. Using the cell phone analogy, your battery is only half-charged. It is important that you stop pushing yourself or giving too much of your energy to others. It would be very beneficial for you to make time and space in your life for rest and rejuvenation and to nurture yourself.
Rating: 4 or 5
Your kidney Qi is very weak and has been depleted over many years. It could be that you are a Type A personality, pushing yourself too hard. Or, you’re a Type B and you’ve been putting the needs of others ahead of your own. This is your wake-up call that you really need to focus on resting and recharging. YOU should be your #1 priority right now.
How to Boost Your Life Force
To replenish your life force, you have to eliminate what is draining your energy. Start at the root of the problem. I’ve observed that people with kidney deficiencies tend to have similar characteristics. Ask yourself the following questions to see if this sounds like you:
I understand that it’s hard to change who you are. However, it is simple to make a small shift in your thinking or to change one choice you make today.
For example, if you’re feeling tired, but think you “should” go for a run today, skip it. Or, if you’re thinking about working late to finish a report, turn off the computer a half hour earlier than you would normally. Or, if someone close to you asks you for favour, today is the day you tell them, “No.”
Every time you have a decision to make, choose the one that is most nurturing for you. It will go against all your previous programming and habits, but over time you will see that by doing less, you actually get more done. When you recharge your batteries, you’ll be more effective because you’ll have abundant energy to invest in everything you do.
Use It to Check: For energy blocks in your head
Why It Matters: The temporal point is a good indicator for how well Qi is flowing to and from your head. Your temporal area is located on the side of your head at your temples and above and around your ears.
If your temporal point is sensitive, chances are that you hold a lot of tension in your neck, head, jaw and face. This affects your brain, eyes, jaw, teeth, face, etc. That’s because everything is interconnected.
When Qi is not flowing smoothly to and from your head, this can lead to insufficient blood and nourishment flowing to your brain, eyes, teeth/jaw, ears, etc. If there’s an energy block, too much Qi can get trapped in the head, resulting in pain.
In Chinese Medicine, Qi disruptions through the temporal area are associated with:
And, this is just for the TEMPORAL AREA. Because this point is a general indicator of the flow of Qi through your entire head, it can give you a heads up (bad pun intended) on what’s going on with your head.For example, I used to be too much in my head. I would think way too much and as a result, be disconnected from my heart and body. When I got my aura picture taken at the psychic fair (you know the photos where there’s a big puff of colour around you), they would always comment that my energy was concentrated around my head.
When I was young, this excess of energy in my head wasn’t a big deal. I rarely experienced headaches. However, over time, as the disharmony continued unchecked and unbalanced, it led to other issues.
I was very susceptible to insomnia (too much Qi in the head). Later, as I got older, the disconnect between my mind and my heart, led to insufficient Qi flowing to my head. I was diagnosed with early stage macular degneration and experienced ocular migraines (not enough nourishment flowing to my eyes or brain).
This is how the Qi disruption showed up in my body. It’s different for everyone, but the solution is always the same and I’ll share it with you right after you learn how to check what’s going on with the flow of energy in your head.
By the way, if your curious to learn how I completely healed my vision, you can read how in How to Reverse Age-Related Vision Problems and Start Seeing Clearly Again.
How to Test Your Temporal Reflexology Point
The Chinese Reflexology point for the temporal area of your head) is located on the inside of your big toe.
Before touching this point, first feel the pads of your toes. Notice how they feel relatively spongy and soft to touch.
Then use your thumb or index finger to press on the inside of your big toe. Start at the tip of your toe and work your way down. The Chinese Reflexology point on your RIGHT foot is for the LEFT side of your head and vice versa.
Rate Your Sensitivity Level
If you experience regular migraines or headaches, this point is likely to be sensitive. However, it’s hard to apply deep pressure on this point without using a reflexology stick so it’s quite likely that you might not feel too much in terms of sensitivity.
What you want to be feeling for is how HARD the inside of your toe feels to your touch:
How to Improve the Flow of Qi to Your Head
You can massage this point to help improve the flow of Qi and I’ve got an entire article on headache relief that explains how to do this.
However, if you don’t address the root cause of the energy disharmony, you’ll simply be clearing energy and then it will block up again. It’s like scooping water out of a boat with a hole in it. With enough scooping, you can empty the boat of water, but then it quickly fills up again until you fix the hole.
Here’s what disrupts the flow of Qi to and from your head:
As a reformed over-thinker, I have lots of experience with this! And I know that thinkers tend to surround themselves with similar people. Thus, you don’t quite realize the extent to which you’re experiencing life completely differently than others do. You don’t know you’re living in your head. Here are a few telltale signs:
The problem with thinking too much is that it disconnects you from your body, heart and soul. Your mind leads your life and as a result, you approach everything this way. You research to solve your health problems because you forget how to listen to your body. There is no better healer than your body, but you HAVE to listen to it.
Here’s one simple thing to start turning things around. For one day, choose from your heart and not your head. Thus, the next time you have a decision to make, don’t make a list of pros and cons, don’t poll your friends and don’t research online.
Choose impulsively, based on what feels good even if if makes no logical sense. That’s why people buy iPhones :). Comparing price and functionality, they don’t make sense, but for many people, it feels good. (I’m a Mac person!)
Feeling good boosts your energy levels and helps your Qi flow.
Use It to Check: Whether you need to get up and move more
Why It Matters: There was a news story making the rounds a few months ago that too much sitting can negatively affect your health.
According to a WebMD article, excess sitting has been linked to heart attack, heart disease, overall death, death from cancer, high blood pressure, obesity, bad cholesterol, and too much belly fat.
So, what’s considered “too much”? Well, rather than read some guidelines from an article, you can find out directly from your body through the Chinese Reflexology point for lymphatic drainage.
Your lymphatic system is like your circulatory system, only it circulates lymph fluid instead of blood. The lymphatic system plays a major role in supporting your immune system. It helps to distribute white blood cells throughout your body to fight infection and it also helps clear waste and toxins.
However, unlike your circulatory system where your heart pumps blood throughout the body, there is no organ to pump lymphatic fluid. The only way it can move is when you move. Thus, if you don’t move as much as your body needs you to move, energy disharmonies will show up in your lymphatic system.
How to Test Your Lymphatic Drainage Reflexology Point
This reflexology point is located in the webbing between the bones of your big toe and second toe.
To check this point, use the knuckle of your index finger. Press into the webbing at the base of your toes and then stroke downwards towards the bottom of the V where the bones meet. Go slowly and press firmly.
Rate Your Sensitivity Level
Give the point a rating between 0 to 5 according to the scale for the kidney reflexology point. Here’s what the ratings tell you.
Rating: 0 or 1
If you don’t feel anything, then Qi and lymph are flowing smoothly through your body and joy is flowing through your life. However, in my experience, I have not encountered anyone who did not have a sensitive lymphatic drainage point other than children. And, you know that they move a whole lot more than adults do!
So, if you’re not feeling anything, press harder and also along the edge of the bones.
A rating of 1 suggests that overall, you maintain a good level of activity throughout your day and you’re a generally happy person. Keep it up!
Rating: 2 or 3
This suggests that you are probably sedentary for extended periods of time. It would be beneficial to exercise more as well as to take breaks throughout the day to get up and move. In fact, stand up right now, stretch and shake your body. Your Qi will thank you.
Rating: 4 or 5
If the point is very sensitive, all of the above applies (rating 2 or 3). Physical symptoms may be present such as tiredness, less resilience when it comes to fighting off colds/flu or swelling in the lymph nodes. If this is allowed to continue over time, it can lead to lowered resistance to infection and other disorders related to poor functioning of the lymphatic system.
What If You’re Very Active and the Point Is Still Sensitive?
While this point can let you know if you need more physical activity, it can also can tell you how much joy you are allowing to flow into your life. Thus, someone could be a marathon runner, but still have a sensitive lymphatic drainage point because they cut themselves off from experiencing joy and as a result, this constricts the flow of Qi in their body.
Seriously, very few people run marathons and experience joy in the last few miles. They look like they’re suffering. There is no joy in suffering.
How to Boost Your Lymphatic and Immune System
The true root of the problem isn’t that someone is a couch potato, but that their lives could use more joy and passion. You tend to procrastinate and avoid participating in life when you feel unmotivated or stuck. That’s just an indicator that you’re not doing what lights your fire.
When I sit down to write an article, I’m doing it from a place of joy. As such, I find I get up and move about quite regularly. However, sometimes I’m not writing with a feeling of joy. Those are the times when I push myself to get an article finished because I have an imaginary deadline in my mind that I’ve got to write one awesome article every month. That’s when I’m not writing in joy.
When you’re not creating and choosing from joy, that’s when life is a struggle. And, you are doing a real disservice to your body.
To turn things around, you certainly can get up and move more, but you also need to welcome more joy, fun and play into your life. There must be something you really enjoyed doing as a child. Make it a priority to do it this week.
As well, for the next 24 hours, be conscious of your choices. Are you choosing what you “should be” doing vs. what you really want to do?
Try choosing what feels most joyful and if you consistently do this, over time, you will feel happier and more joyful. As a result, you’ll feel more energized and you will naturally move and be more active.
My intention with every article I write is to inspire YOU to make changes so that you have amazing health and an amazing life.
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