Ear Reflexology/Acupressure Massage (Auricular Massage)
Auricular therapy is a traditional system of diagnosis and treatment that has been practised by the Chinese for centuries.
In 1957 French Physician, Paul Nogier brought together all the ancient Chinese information in the western world together. He went on to carry out his own research into the acupuncture points of the ear. he found that specific areas of the ear relate to the human anatomy.
Reflexology is over 5000 years old , it is shown on wall paintings from Egypt and China. The benefits of reflexology are numerous. Massage and the application of pressure to points that represent the organs and parts of the body stimulate the body to heal itself and for stagnant energy and energy blocks to be removes in order the positive vital energy can flow through the body. The most common form of reflexology is on the feet, blockages can be felt on this type of reflexology. it can also be applied to the hands and the ears, which also map the body, though is is less likely for blockages to be felt when using these methods. this does not invalidate the effectiveness of using reflexology on the hands or ears.
Today, clinical studies and actual observations can attest to the effectiveness of auricular therapy as an alternative to prescription drugs and medicine. Auricular therapy is used both as a diagnostic method to determine sources of disorders as well as a treatment method by applying pressure on appropriate points of the ear that correspond to specific organs or systems of the body.
The ear represents the whole anatomical body, but in an upside down orientation. The ear is compared to an inverted foetus, with the head being the lower ear lobe, the feet at the top of the ear, the rim of the ear represents the spine with the rest of the body in-between. There are up to 200 acupressure points on the outer ear, each point named after an anatomic area or body function, such as hips, knees, stomach and heart.
WHY IT WORKS:
The corresponding points are stimulated to encourage the body to heal itself. Each pressure point on the ear triggers an electrical impulse from the ear to the brain and then to the specific area of the body being treated. For example, a treatment for smoking cessation would likely include the ear points that relate to the lung, sympathetic nervous system and the mouth.
Every body has 14 energy lines running through it from the soles of the feet, the palms of the hands up to the face and top of the head and over 360 acupressure points along these meridians. In Japan these points are know as Tsubos. the application of pressure to these points can release blocked and stagnant energy and encourage the flow of vital positive energy, which which have a positive and health giving effect on all the organs of the body and a general feeling of well being.
Applying pressure to these energy points can release blocked energy, allowing positive energy to flow throughout the body, which increases the health and well being within and without the body.
You will lay down on the massage couch fully dressed although it is helpful to have access to the upper shoulders.
The ears, face, neck , shoulders, top front of chest and head are all massaged in this treatment.
The Reflexology points are massage on the Ear.
Acupressure points on the face, neck and ears are worked.
General massage techniques are used to give a very relaxing massage on the face. neck and head.
A massage wax is used on the face, so removal of heavy make up is recommended.
A hair cap is worn throughout the treatment until the end when the scalp and hair is worked on, so bring a brush or hat.
Auricular Massage can help with
- Ear Ache
- Eye Strain
- Release of stagnant energy
- Balances the Chakras
The following are contra-indications for Auricular Massage:
- Recent head or neck injuries
- High or low blood pressure
- Severe bruising
- Recent operations (within 6 weeks)
- Abrasions and cuts in treatment area
- Skin, eye or scalp infections
- Recent haemorrhage
- Spastic conditions
In some cases, where a condition has been stabilised, your doctor must be consulted to gain his/her approval and assurance that the treatment would be safe in view of your case hi
- People with degenerative spinal disorders such as osteoporosis and arthritis require a more gentle massage.
- Pressure should be moderated according to the individual’s needs and characteristics, including age.
- Allow five to ten days between treatments to give the body a chance to get rid of the toxins liberated by the treatment.
Auricular Massage treatment is not a substitute for traditional medical care by your GP, it is a complementary therapy that may be used in conjunction with conventional medicine. Should you be aware of any reason why this treatment is contraindicated for you or you have a serious health problem, please consult your GP
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