Point of the Month: The Chinese Reflexology Point for the Brain
Would you like to know how the Chinese Reflexology point for the brain can help improve your memory? This is actually one of the most popular questions I’m asked when people learn that I practice Traditional Chinese Reflexology. “Can Chinese Reflexology help me to improve my memory?”
In the past, I’d give people a generic answer about how Chinese Reflexology can help your body re-balance itself energetically to support the natural healing process. However, to be quite honest, I’d never really investigated how memory is directly affected by energy blocks.
I have a stellar memory and since everyone close to me was really mentally sharp, it just wasn’t a priority for me to learn more about memory loss and dementia. Looking after a toddler full-time keeps me busy, so I have to selectively choose where to invest my time and effort.
Recently however, a close family member asked me to show her if there were any reflexology points to improve memory. She noticed that her memory wasn’t as good as it used to be and she was occasionally a bit forgetful.
I wanted to help her out and I was also curious to know if Chinese Reflexology would be effective for improving memory from an energy healing perspective. I cracked open some of my Traditional Chinese Medicine textbooks and also researched into the Westerm medicine perspective on Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss.
It was very illuminating and it helped me understand what’s going on energetically with respect to brain function and memory. And with that perspective, I could see how massaging the reflexology point for your brain could help prevent memory loss.
From a Western perspective, there isn’t a single cause for Alzeheimer’s. It’s likely a combination of age, genetics, lifestyle and environmental factors. Here’s one of the best explanations I found from the Mayo Clinic website:
“Alzheimer’s disease damages and kills brain cells. A brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease has many fewer cells and many fewer connections among surviving cells than does a healthy brain. When doctors examine Alzheimer’s brain tissue under the microscope, they see two types of abnormalities that are considered hallmarks of the disease:
- Plaques. These clumps of a protein called beta-amyloid may damage and destroy brain cells in several ways, including interfering with cell-to-cell communication. Although the ultimate cause of brain-cell death in Alzheimer’s isn’t known, abnormal processing of beta-amyloid is a prime suspect.
- Tangles. Brain cells depend on an internal support and transport system to carry nutrients and other essential materials throughout their long extensions. This system requires the normal structure and functioning of a protein called tau. In Alzheimer’s, threads of tau protein twist into abnormal tangles, leading to failure of the transport system. This failure is also strongly implicated in the decline and death of brain cells.
From an energy healing perspective, the presence of plaque and twisted tangles suggests that energy is not flowing smoothly as it should. Instead, it’s pooling or clumping in the brain. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), this could be described as a stagnation of energy leading to “phlegm misting the mind”.
The simplest way for me to explain this in layman’s terms would be that because the energy is not flowing smoothly, physical gunk (like my medical term here?) starts to accumulate in the body, and this messes with brain function. When viewed from this perspective, it seems clear to me that improving the energy flow through the brain is a “no-brainer” for preventing memory loss and possibly even improving your memory.
TCM takes a very holistic view of memory loss because one’s brain simply doesn’t become “misted” on its own. Your heart and mind are supposed to be working in tandem together. When phlegm is misting the mind, it’s also misting the heart. This “mist” is related to the metabolism and transportation of water in the body.
From a Chinese medicine perspective, if there is an energy deficiency in the Kidney and Spleen channels, then water is not being moved through the body efficiently. It begins to stagnate and this results in the formation of dampness and phlegm. From a TCM view, the Heart, Kidney, Spleen and digestion are all major pieces of the puzzle contributing to memory loss.
If I were to cover all of the relevant reflexology points here, this article would turn into a book! As well, since each person’s body is different and there are so many different variables related to the mind and memory, it’s not a simple task to pick and choose a handful of points that would benefit everyone.
That’s why I recommend that people learn and practice the complete system of Traditional Chinese Reflexology. When you know all of the points, you don’t need to try to figure out which points to massage. Your body will tell you through your feet.
Because it takes a few months to learn how to massage all of the Chinese Reflexology points on the foot, this article will focus on the reflexology point that is most relevant to brain function—the brain point.
I’m going to give you instructions on locating and massaging the reflexology point for the brain as it’s a great place to start. And, if you’re already a subscriber to my free newsletter, Amazing Feet, then you’ve already received instructions for how to massage your Kidney reflexology point too.
Locating the Reflexology Point for the Brain
The brain reflexology point is located on the bottom of your big toe. It’s basically the toe pad of your big toe. There are brain reflexology points on both your right foot and your left foot.
Because your energy meridians cross over at the neck, the reflexology points on your feet are reversed for any part of the body from the neck up. Thus, the reflexology point for the right side of your brain is on your left toe and the point for the left side of the brain is on the right toe.
Massaging the Reflexology Point for the Brain
As with all the reflexology points in Traditional Chinese Reflexology, you can use your fingers, thumbs or knuckles to massage the reflex areas on your feet. To physically locate and clear the microscopic grains of energy blockages in your feet, a reflexology stick is the best tool to use. The stick enables you to feel the individual grains of uric acid that accumulate in your feet and represent energy blockages in your body.
For the Brain point, use your thumb to press and rub your toe pad in an up and down motion from the tip of the toe to just below the base of the toe pad. As you massage your toe, move across the toe pad from one side to the other. Do this for up to 1 to 2 minutes each day. Repeat for your other toe.
Let me know how it goes after 30 days, that is, if you remember to!
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