Overview of Acupressure & Reflexology

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Acupressure and Reflexology work together to help heal the body and its illness. Learn to use these two tools with help from a doctor of Oriental medicine in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Hilary Talbott, Acupressure Physician and Clinical Herbalist, coming to you today from Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies.Today, we will be doing a short overview of reflexology and acupressure. Now, these are two titles that are kind of synonymous with one another. They have great similarities in a lot of ways and I actually use both method, methods here in my clinic. So, what am I going to talk about today is a little bit of the differences. So, an acupressure, we just use the meridian system. So, to find the acupuncture points on the meridians and the meridians actually traverse the entire body. Some of them like the bladder channel go from, all the way from the toe up to the back in the head. And in reflexology, the main difference is, is that reflexology utilizes a concept of micro-systems. And the concept of micro-systems is that basically, you can treat the entire body in one portion of the hand or of the body, in one portion. So, a hand would actually be a, an example of a micro-system. So, like here located on, on the hand itself; this point where we would use to treat the head. Another reflexology micro-system that is use quite a bit in acupuncture is the ear. So, the ear is actually fascinating. It's one of the first things that develops in a fetus, a very long side of the kidneys. And it actually kind of mimics a fetus upside down in the womb and so, it's quite easy even without any treating to kind of grasp and understand the concept of where the points would be. So, this ridge right here on the ear is kind of indicative of the spine, with this being the sacral area, the lower back, the mid-back and then, we come up into the neck and the head. So, all your brain points and head points and endocrine system points are right here on the ear and you can, it's actually diagnostic as well as being therapeutic to use. So, you can look at this point; when we look here and we see how this portion of the auricle is actually sticking out and quite red on her. So, that would be me to assume that she possibly had some pain somewhere in the lower cervical vertebrae or the upper thoracic and so, I don't even have to ask her that. I kind just put a seat on it or needle it and give her some relief from her pain in her back. And then inside would be where all the internal organs are located. So, quite fascinating how many similarities there are but how different they are. With acupuncture we use the meridian systems, sometimes we use a distal point to treat something on the back; we use a point on the foot; whereas in the ear, we're not even anywhere close to where we want to be. But, it's a, a, kind of a concept of a holographic system if you will. So, I'm Hilary Talbott, and that was an overview of the differences and similarities between reflexology and acupressure.

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