Did you know that there are over 300 points on the ear that map to other parts of your body? And just like the foot, hands and face, you can stimulate the ear to alleviate health conditions in other parts of the body?
It's called auriculotherapy. Auriculotherapy is based upon ancient Chinese beliefs but also includes discoveries made by the French physician, Dr Paul Nogier in the 1950s. Commonly used by acupuncturists - either using needles or a electro-acupuncture tool as part of their treatment plan or by affixing 'ear seeds' at the end of the session to reinforce a treatment.
There are 4 main ways that ear points are stimulated; using needles by an acupuncturist, using your own finger or a metal probe to massage or press an area, affixing a very small seed on the points or by using an electroacupuncture tool.
Auriculotherapy has long been used for pain control but recent studies are showing it is useful for many other conditions such as; dementia, insomnia, addictions, stress, weight loss, migraines, TMJ and others.
While I don't have a lot of training in auriculotherapy, I was given some instruction on this technique during my training for foot reflexology and in my Ocular Therapy course @ the Intl Institute of Reflex Therapy, some ear points are used for eye conditions. I've decided to do some further exploration of this technique and you, my lovely clients, have the opportunity to experience it yourself.
With your permission, I will use my new electroacupuncture tool at the onset of your session to activate a few master points. This will jump start the relaxation process. Then, if you have specific health issues, we can consider placing some ear seeds in your ear after your regular reflexology session. The ear seeds will apply a very gentle pressure on the points while the seeds remain in place. Some practitioners advocate pressing on them a few times a day yet others claim doing so may move the seed from the intended point and not be as beneficial. Typically, the adhesive will become loose in 2 to 4 days. At that time remove them. Seeds may be placed in both ears or can be done on one side one time, the other side the next time.
What do you think? Interested? If yes, please, lend me your ears so that we might learn and experience what auriculotherapy has to offer.
NOTE: There is no extra charge for this service using the tool or the basic ear seeds. If you'd like one of the decorative ear seed options (crystal or clear tape), a fee of $5 will be charged.
FIR = Far Infrared Therapy. What is it? Think of it as the sun minus the bad stuff like UV light. FIR therapy mat. Think of it as a penetrating heating pad minus the bad stuff (EMF). Heating pads do provide warmth but only at the skin's surface. Heating pads also provide a high dose of electro-magnetic fields (not a good thing!).
Far infrared penetrates deeper into the body and therefore, can have a possible therapeutic value. The mats are designed to keep EMF exposurevery low. Most FIR mats contain various stones (jade, tourmaline, amethyst are common). This produces negative ions (with the positive effect of triggering an overall better mood, purifying the air and more).
FIR therapy has been shown to relieve back pain in minutes, reduce stress, restore energy, boost the immune system, assist in restful sleep and aid in detoxification. And who wouldn't benefit from any or all of these claims. I now use a jade/tourmaline FIR mat so that your reflexology experience with me will be even better!