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.