Whether you’re hiking, biking, camping, or just chillaxin’ at a backyard barbecue, here are the top five must-know Chinese Reflexology points for outdoor adventures. Please feel free to bookmark this page for useful reflexology points to help with:
The Lung point is helpful for both pollen and campfire smoke. Ever notice how the smoke from a campfire blows in your face no matter where you’re sitting? You could move your camp chair to the opposite side, but the smoke seems to follow you around. Smoke’s not the only thing that can irritate your lungs. When your outdoors, there’s lots of pollen too.
This year was particularly bad here in Northern California. The pollen was so plentiful this spring that you could see clouds of pollen in the air. I don’t even have allergies, but walking into a pollen poof made me sneeze.
If you find yourself coughing or sneezing—whether it’s from smoke or pollen— the Chinese Reflexology Lung point soothes and strengthens Lung qi (life force energy and flow in the Lungs) to help you breathe easier.
How to Locate and Massage the Chinese Reflexology Point for the Lungs
Persistent (and persnickety) campfire smoke that follows you around like a hungry cat can make your eyes water—so can lots of pollen and particulate matter in the air. To get relief from burning, itchy, and watering eyes, you can massage the Chinese Reflexology eye point.
How to Locate and Massage the Eye Reflexology Point
When the weather’s nice, the great outdoors beckons like a siren, calling you to get outside and be more active. After a long hike or bike ride, you might notice your knees acting up a bit. Or if you’ve started a new activity, you could experience some achiness and/or soreness in your knees. That’s where the Chinese Reflexology point for the knees comes in handy. Massaging this point helps increase the flow of qi and blood to the knees, and this helps your knees heal faster from injury and overuse.
How to Locate and Massage the Chinese Reflexology Knee Point
When nature is calling and you’re in an unfamiliar restroom, it’s common to experience temporary constipation, especially if you have to do your business outside, or in campground facilities where you don’t feel very relaxed (i.e. dirty toilets or lots of mosquitoes flying around).
When you’re feeling uncomfortable, this can create tension in your abdomen, and then it’s harder to have a bowel movement. Fortunately, there’s a combination of Chinese Reflexology points to get things moving. [Note from Holly: So many students and friends have told me that these points work like a charm.]
Oh, by the way, the Chinese Reflexology points I’m going to share with you are on your hand so you don’t have to be rubbing your feet while on the throne. Talk about awkward!
How to Locate and Massage Chinese Reflexology Points on the HAND for Temporary Constipation
Having recently visited northern Ontario and getting swarmed by deer flies the moment I stepped out of the car, I totally wished there was a reflexology point that worked as a natural bug repellent. Unfortunately, there isn’t one. After being bitten numerous times by mosquitoes, I also wished there was a point that would make the itching and swelling disappear instantly. Even getting relief from the itching would’ve been great. However there isn’t one of those points either.
What you can do though is massage the Chinese Reflexology point for lymphatic drainage to help flush the toxins from the mosquito bite out of your body faster. When a mosquito bites, it injects saliva into the bite. The itching and swelling is your body’s reaction to the saliva.
Increasing the flow of lymph, qi and blood helps clear the saliva and subsequent reaction out of your system faster. You’ll still get your usual reaction to bug bites, but the increase in circulation will help flush things out faster so that the itching and swelling goes away a little quicker.
How to Locate and Massage the Chinese Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage Point
There are two additional acupressure points to help improve the flow of qi and blood in your body. You can find a detailed description on how to locate and massage these acupressure points in my article on 4 Points on Your Feet for Headaches and Migraines. Simply look for “Four Gates” in the article and follow the instructions. As long as you’re not pregnant, you can press and hold these points for 60 seconds twice a day after massaging your lymphatic drainage point.