Reflexology therapy for the nervous system optimize the roles of central, peripheral and autonomic nerves, so harmonize every organ.
12 Brilliant reflexes for stronger Nervous System
The nervous system has three parts; central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous system. The nervous system is the control and communication system of the body; messages send & receive, as well as to control thoughts and movements. Brain exchange information; act as an information center of the body.
The spinal cord attached at the end of the brain stem. Through the spinal cord, all the nerves are branch out to the entire body.
The nervous system is of two groups:
- Central nervous system - it comprises the brain and the spinal cord.
- Peripheral nervous system - serves as a communication; it connects the central nervous system (CNS) to the limbs and organs.
The peripheral nervous system is of two groups:
- Somatic nervous system - it controls voluntary actions; walking and smiling.
- Autonomic nervous system - it controls involuntary actions; smooth muscle of the internal organs and glands.
The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is of three groups:
- Sympathetic nervous system - manage fright or flight response; vasoconstriction during emergencies. Associated with spending energy; makes blood pressure rise, gooseflesh, pupillary dilation, minimal thick saliva secretion, the decline in the gastrointestinal act and increasing the heart rate.
- The parasympathetic nervous system - is dissimilar to sympathetic nervous system function. It governs wine & dine response; makes vasodilation and calms the body. It makes the blood pressure drop, pupillary contraction, plenty and thin saliva secretion, a boost in the gastrointestinal act, and heart rate reduction.
- The enteric nervous system - is a meshwork of nerve fibers; stimulate the gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, and gallbladder.
Reflexes for the nervous system includes:
- Solar plexus often called as the second brain or abdominal brain. The solar plexus is closely related to the digestive system; please refer digestive system for solar plexus reflex therapy.
- The brain provides coordination between the central and autonomic systems.
- Spinal column comprises of cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum and coccyx.
- Sense organs eye, ears, nose and tongue (mouth) gives important information about the universe to the brain through cranial nerves.
Head and brain reflex
The brain is one of the most complex organs in the human body. To exchange information; it has over 100 billion nerves and trillion connections. The brain regulates the human behavior.
How to do reflexology therapy for the head and brain? The head, brain, and skull reflexes are on the top of five toes in both feet. Support the toes with the left hand; with the right thumb walk at the top of five toes, do three times. Hold the toe with left-hand fingers; using the right thumb, walk from the toe base until reaching the toe tip. Have to do three times on the five toes.
These reflexes improve the sense of well-being and balance, help fighting depression, relieve headaches & stress, and coping positively with life.
Occipital - visual processing center of brain
The occipital lobe is the visual processing center of the brain; it contains a most anatomical region of the visual cortex.
How to do reflexology therapy for the occipital? Hold the foot with the left hand; using the right thumb, walk along the big toe base. Hook and back-up the crease between the big toe and second toe for ten seconds. Because of daily stressors, this reflex point is very sensitive for most people.
Neck reflex (front and back)
The important role of the neck is to support the head. Additionally, it protects the arteries carry blood to the brain from heart.
How to do reflexology therapy for the neck? Hold the big toe; using the right thumb, walk on the dorsal and lateral aspect. Walk medial to lateral in three rows; each row lower than the before until reaching the big toe base.
The spinal column is a protective sheath for the spinal nerves. At various points, the spinal nerve branches connect major body organs. It carries motor, sensory, and autonomic signals. Human has 31 pairs of spinal nerves, one on each side of the vertebral column. They are eight cervicals, twelve thoracics, five lumbar, five sacral, and one coccygeal.
How to do reflexology therapy for the spinal nerves? The spinal nerves are beneath the spinal column; thus, reflex therapy for the spinal column can help spinal nerves. Please refer vertebral column for spinal nerves reflex therapy.
Sciatic nerve reflexes
The sciatic nerve is the single largest nerve. The sciatic nerve separated into branches to either side of the buttocks from the lower spine; then reaches to the thigh and foot. It connects the spinal cord with the leg and foot muscles.
How to do reflexology therapy for the sciatic nerve? Hold foot with the left hand; place the right thumb on the red spot in the heel. This spot is halfway from the toe. In the plantar aspect, walk from medial to lateral and then from lateral to medial.
Begin at the fifth metatarsal bone; using four fingers (except thumb), walk upward toward the ankle bone until reaching the sciatic nerve reflex (zone 4 & 5). This point is in a cavity. Hook & back-up this reflexes three times.
Reflexology therapy on this reflexes; helps sciatica pain, extend to the legs and foot. Repeat this five times. Sciatica is any pain or neurological symptoms felt along the sciatic nerve.
Using the right thumb, walk from the last row of the medial ankle towards the heel. The sciatic reflex is just before the heel; press and rotate this point. Thumb walk the sciatic area on the sole from medial to lateral. Once reached the lateral side of the sole, walk back from lateral to medial.
The eye is the organ of vision; help to learn the surrounding world, then other senses. Sight is most valued than other senses. The outer ear converge sound, the middle ear converts this sound into vibrations, inner ear converts this vibration to nerve signals, and the brain understands it as sound.
How to do reflexology therapy for the eye reflex? Eye reflexes are in the base of the second and third toes. Right eye reflex is on the right foot and left eye reflex is on the left foot. Hold right foot with the left-hand; place right thumb below the second toe base. Using the right thumb, walk on the area under the toes, from the second to the fifth toe. These reflexes cover the entire eye; reflexology therapy helps any problems of the eye.
Ear (inner, middle and outer) reflex
The ear has two important roles; hearing sounds and aids in balance and body position. When bending forward to take any object on the floor; ears balancing mechanism help prevent falling. The ear comprises three sections the outer, middle, and inner ear.
Inner ear reflex point:
How to do reflexology therapy for the ear? Inner ear reflex point is three bites up towards the top of the toe from the occipital reflex point. Hook & back-up the inner ear reflex point for ten seconds, using the thumb.
Middle ear reflex
The middle ear receives sound from the outer ear through the canal. The sound converted into vibration by the eardrum and delivered to the inner ear.
How to do reflexology therapy for the middle ear? Middle ear reflex point is between third and fourth toes. Hold the foot with the right hand; hook & backup this point for six seconds using the thumb. Alternate method: Using the left index finger (on the top side) and thumb (on the bottom side) to press the fourth toe base.
Reflexology therapy for middle ear helps to heal middle ear disorders, aches, infections, and balancing disorders.
The Eustachian tube is a tube from the middle ear to the top of the throat at the nose backside.
How to do reflexology therapy for the Eustachian tube? Eustachian tube reflex is between the base of the third and fourth toes. Hook & backup this point towards the big toe for six seconds. Using the index finger and thumb, walk downwards between third and fourth toes for 1 cm. Reflexology therapy for Eustachian tube helps to heal inner ear disorders, aches, and infections.
Outer ear reflex
The outer ear is the part of ear visible to the eye. Its main job is to collect sound.
How to do reflexology therapy for the outer ear? Outer ear reflexes are between the fourth and fifth toe. Hold the foot with the left hand; hook & backup this reflex towards big toe, using the right thumb. Reflexology therapy for outer ear helps to heal outer ear disorders such as eczema.