Ear or auricular reflexology is one of several treatments used to relieve pain and other ailments.
During a reflexology treatment, when delicate nerve endings in the feet, hands and ears are pressed and gently massaged, signals travel to the central nervous system and the brain triggering responses in related parts of the body such as our organs. A Reflexology Therapist’s touch helps dissipate accumulated chemicals, breaking down the irritating chemicals around the nerve endings reducing pain and discomfort. Reflexology helps improves circulation or blood flow, allowing more oxygen and nutrients to be carried to cells throughout your body, reducing pain.
Like classic foot reflexology, ear reflexology can be applied quickly and easily. Like our feet and hands, every ear is unique as no two are alike. Ears are like the fingerprints to our inner nature. Ear Reflexology is most notably beneficial for the relief of pain, the clearing of infections, the lowering of blood pressure and in balancing hormones. Holding and pressing the reflexes on the outer ear helps your body restore and heal itself. The body’s response to ear reflexology can be very quick due to the proximity of the ear to the brain. The bottom line is – ear reflexology can be very relaxing and beneficial to your overall health.
Try some of these exercises at home to experience the joy of ear reflexology:
Rubbing the outer edges of the ear
Placing the top of the ear between the forefinger and thumb, rub the finger back and forth as you work your way down the edge of the ear. Rubbing stimulates the ear nerve endings and will increase blood flow to the area, bringing blood to the head and making you feel more alert and awake.
For relaxing ear pulling, you can start either at the top of the ear or at the lobe. Placing the ear cartilage between the thumb and forefinger, gently hold the ear and pull it outward away from your head, letting the ear slide through your fingers until it is released. Take care to reach all the way to the spot behind the ear where the ear attaches to the side of your head before gently pulling away. This part behind your ear is particularly sensitive since it is not often touched. Work your way around the ear and back for a wonderful stress relieving move.
Ear lobe: Circular Motions, Pulling, Pinching
Place your forefinger and thumb around your ear lobe. Keeping the forefinger still, move your thumb in a circular motion around the lobe. Now, do the same with the forefinger instead, keeping the thumb still. It might help to imagine you have an ear piercing and that you are rubbing around the pierced hole.
Ear lobe: Pulling
Starting at the bottom of the ear, pull the lobe down gently and as you work along the ear lobe, pull more and more out and away from the head.
Ear lobe: Pinching
Pinch the edge of your ear lobe between your forefinger and thumb and work your way around the edge of the lobe. You can even extend this move up around the edge of the full ear. You can also press or pinch in a circular movement around the fleshy part of the lobe.
Try tracing the outline of your ear, tracing the inner curves of your ear cartilage, and stroking around the whole ear at once with the fleshy parts of your fingertips. You can also stroke the spot behind the ear from the top down where the ear joins with the head for a wonderful relaxing effect.
That spot behind the ear
This part of the ear as mentioned has a heightened sensitivity since it is harder to get to and therefore touched less frequently. The skin behind the ear is also not as tough as other parts of the body, since this area is protected by the ear itself and this too makes it more sensitive. This spot behind the ear can similarly be stroked, pressed, pulled and pinched to deliver lovely sensations.