Hand Reflexology

Taken from the Reflexology Manual by Pauline Wills Hand chart

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Pressure point techniques Thumb walking Finger walking Sliding Massage technique Stroking 3 .

Support the client’s hand with your thumb and two fingers on either side of the wrist joint. which is found approximately in the centre of the fleshy pad of the thumb. Then support their knuckles while your working hand slowly rotates fingers and thumb in turn. This is the back of the head. still working with the outer edge of your bent right 4 . Head and neck reflexes Start with the pituitary gland. With your working hand. holding each at the middle joint. press and gently rotate on this area. To treat the reflex for the pineal gland. move your working thumb to the base of your client’s thumb on the inner edge. Continue to maintain support with your left hand and. keep the fingers of your working hand in the same position and simply move your working thumb to the top of the inner side of your client’s thumb. When you have treated the pineal gland. Make sure that your thumb is constantly bent at the first joint while you are working. slowly rotate your client’s wrist. Support the thumb with the fingers of your working hand.Start at the wrists and work down towards the fingers. The treatment Start with the right hand and rotate the wrist. With the outer edge of your working thumb. With the outer edge of your working thumb press and gently rotate on the pituitary reflex.

Support the back of your client’s hand with your left hand. slide back up the reflex. Starting on the medial side of the base of your client’s thumb. until all the area has been covered. Continuing to use your right hand for support. These are found along the inner border and across the top of the thumb. Support the thumb with the fingers of your working hand. Move to the face reflex located on the back of the thumb. walk in parallel lines to cover the whole length of the client’s thumb. Change over hands and. Supporting your client’s hand with your right hand. Move to the reflexes for the side of the neck and head and for the top of the brain. With your left hand.thumb. Now treat the spinal reflex. Thumb walk from the base of the inner side of the client’s thumb. where the neck reflex starts. place the thumb of your working 5 . tilt the client’s palm towards you. Continue to thumb walk down the medial border of the thumb to where the scaphoid bone joins the radius. Move your client’s hand with your supporting hand so that the back faces you. up the thumb’s side and across the top. thumb walk in parallel lines over the back of the thumb. take small even steps and thumb walk all round the base of the thumb Change over hands. with the thumb of your left hand.

Thumb walk in parallel lines over the sinus reflexes. To work the ear reflex. and thumb walk from the base of your client’s little finger on the lateral border to the base of the middle finger The thyroid gland reflex lies over the proximal phalanx of the thumb. 6 . Change over hands. thumb walk with your right hand across the base of this finger and the middle finger in order to treat the eye reflex area. With the fingers of your left hand under your client’s hand. separate your client’s middle and ring fingers with your supporting hand. Starting at the base of the index finger along the medial edge. thumb walk across this reflex. Place the outer edge of your working thumb on the web between these fingers and rotate on this point. Use your right hand to extend the thumb back. extend your client’s fingers slightly back with your supporting hand. gently rotate on this point for a few seconds Having treated the vocal chords. To find the reflex for the Eustachian tube. Supporting your client’s thumb with the fingers of your working hand.hand on the web between your client’s thumb and index finger. These are found on the front and sides of all four fingers Change the position of your hands. turn your client’s hand so that the back is now supported by your right hand. starting at the medial edge. This is the reflex for the vocal chords.

Support the back of the hand with your right hand. Resting your client’s hand palm down. tilt it towards you. support it by placing your right hand underneath the fingers. This extends around the base of the little finger. Place the fingers of your working hand beneath your client’s hand for extra support. the lower parathyroid is found in the lower inner part. 7 . on the lateral side of the finger and on the back of the hand. and with the outer edge of your left thumb. slide back up the reflex. the reflex area for the first and second molars is situated on the back of the ring finger. or wisdom teeth. The reflex area to the canines is found on the back of the index finger. Shoulder and chest reflexes Start by working the shoulder reflex. walk several times around the base of the little finger. but you will have treated the thumb when working the reflex to the face. using the outer edge of your working thumb. is found on the back of the little finger.Still supporting the thumb. with your right hand. The upper parathyroid lies in the inner upper part of the thyroid reflex. the reflex area for the premolars is on the back of the middle finger. treat the teeth reflexes by thumb walking in parallel lines over the back of all four fingers. The reflexes to the incisors cover the backs of the thumb and index finger. change over hands and using your left hand to support the client’s hand. When you have completed work on the shoulder reflex. slowly rotate on the parathyroid reflexes with your left thumb. and the reflex area for the third molars. Change the position of your hands again. Start with the index finger and proceed to the little finger. Thumb walk until you reach the waist line. Using your working hand. Place the outer edge of your right thumb onto the lateral side of the shoulder reflex where the reflex to the arm and elbow begins. Then.

just above the diaphragm line. walk across this reflex with the index and middle fingers of your right hand. Abdomen reflexes 8 . This is positioned on the palm of the left hand. in zones two and three. Support the palm of the hand with your right hand and thumb walk across this reflex. Supporting the back of your client’s hand with your right hand. work the reflex to the heart. Supporting the client’s hand with your left hand. Now work the rib reflex. This is found in all five zones on the back of the hand. Place your working thumb on the lateral side at the base of the index finger. Thumb walk across zones two to five. To treat the thymus gland located over the medial half of the ball of the thumb. From the thymus gland.Change over hands once more so that you can support the back of your client’s hand with your left hand and the fingers with your working hand. and covers the area from the base of the fingers to the diaphragm. turn over your client’s hand. thumb walk across this area with your working hand. Remember that this reflex is only found in the left hand. This is where you will find the beginning of the lung reflex. in the area between the base of the fingers and the diaphragm line.

Start just below the diaphragm line in zone five. Use your left hand as the supporting hand. four and five and covers the lower half of the metacarpals. 9 . Place the fingers of your right hand at the back of your client’s hand. Finally.Start your treatment with the solar plexus reflex. Use your left thumb to walk in horizontal lines across this reflex area. It starts at the joint of the first and second phalanges and follows a straight line down the thumb to the head of the metacarpal bone. This is in zone one. Using your left hand for support. With your supporting hand in the same position. just above waist level in zone three. Continue by rotating your working thumb on the gall bladder reflex. located in the palm of the hand. treat the reflex to the sternum. With the outer edge of your working thumb. gently rotate on this point with the thumb of your right hand. This reflex is found only on the right hand. It lies between the diaphragm and waist line in zones three. thumb walk down this reflex with your working hand. on the medial edge of the head of the metacarpal. The liver reflex is found only on the right hand. The reflex for the oesophagus is found on the medial aspect of both thumbs. press and rotate in a clockwise direction over the reflex. This is found at the level of the diaphragm line in zones two and three.

on the medial aspect of the thumb. 10 . Supporting the client’s hand with your left hand. and is found only on the left hand. Change hands and thumb walk back to cover the area. Now thumb walk horizontally across this reflex until you reach the waistline. which joins the end of the oesophagus reflex Move your working thumb up slightly to the ileo-caecal valve reflex. two and three on the left hand. Continue to thumb walk with your working hand over the reflex area for the stomach. two. one finger’s width above the waist line. It is found below the diaphragm and above the waist line in zone one on the palm of the right hand. The pancreas reflex covers only zones one and two on the right hand.area. just below the diaphragm line. Gently rotate on this point before thumb walking in a straight line up the reflex to the ascending colon. but in zones one. Supporting the back of your client’s hand with your left hand. thumb walk across the palm to the end of zone four. The reflex for the duodenum is situated on the waist line in zone one. Begin thumb walking at the lateral edge of zone five. use your right thumb to walk in horizontal lines across the reflex area for the spleen. It is positioned between the diaphragm line and the waist line in zones four and five. but it covers zones one. place your working thumb on the medial edge of your client’s thumb. The duodenum forms the first part of the small intestine. Supporting your client’s hand with your left hand. three and four and covers the area of the metacarpal bones lying below the waist line. gently rotate on this reflex with the outer edge of your right thumb. Press three to four times on this flexure before moving on. From the medial side of your client’s thumb. This lies in zones four and five and leads to the hepatic flexure. The small intestine reflex extends over zones one. two and three on the palm of the left hand.

Keep your working thumb positioned on the medial part of the bladder reflex in readiness to treat the reflex to the ureter. Your working hand fingers rest on the back of your client’s hand. over the carpal bones. You have now treated the first part of the transverse colon. terminating just below the waist line in zone three where it joins the 11 . The appendix reflex is found on the right hand only. place your working thumb just below the waist line in zone one.Alter the position of your working thumb so that it points towards your client’s right thumb. Then change hands and. thumb walk across the palm of the client’s hand to the splenic flexure in zone five. With your working thumb. with your left thumb gently rotate that point. gently rotate this point. This reflex extends upwards from zone one. supporting your client’s hand with your right hand. place your left thumb on the lateral side of zone four. following the waist line. Support the client’s hand with your right hand. The remainder of the transverse colon is found on the left hand. Follow a straight line across all five zones on the palm of the hand until you reach the reflex to the rectum and anus. Thumb walk from the hepatic flexure. in zone one. Supporting the client’s hand with your right hand. Following the waist line. across the palm of the hand to the medial side of the thumb in zone one. across zone two.

close to the kidney reflex. To treat the reflex area to the sacro-iliac joint. 12 . midway between the head of the metacarpal and the wrist joint. thumb walk to the waist line. Change over hands and gently press over the splenic flexure with your right thumb. Then thumb walk down the descending colon in zones four and five to the sigmoid flexure. gently rotate on this point with your working thumb. Wrap both your right and left hands around the client’s hand. Turn over your client’s hand and rest the palm down. The reflex to the right adrenal gland is found just above the waist line in zone two. Starting from the end of the ureter reflex. Position the outer edge of your right thumb just above the wrist. Rotate around this area in a clockwise direction. Thumb walk up and across the hand to that point. in zones four and five. Rotate on this point with your thumb in a clockwise direction. Apply light pressure on that point. it extends from the palm of the hand round to the back of the hand. Continue across the sigmoid colon reflex area. find the point on the medial aspect of your client’s right thumb. The lower body reflexes To locate the reflex for the bladder. Approximately the size of your thumbnail.reflex to the right kidney. Use the outer edge of your right thumb to walk around this area. The adrenal gland reflex is also found on the left hand. The Kidney reflex areas are kidney shaped and are found in zones two and three on both hands.

wrap your right hand around your patient’s hand and gently rotate your working thumb on this reflex. The hip reflex extends midway along from the wrist to the waist line. Reflexes on the back of the hand 13 . move your working thumb to the wrist.Continue your treatment with the right hip and knee reflexes. Gently rotate on this point for a few seconds. walk across the wrist from the medial side to the lateral edge. The reflex area to the sciatic nerve is found across the wrist on the front of the hand. This is where the pelvic muscles reflex is located. just below the point where you started your treatment to the hip reflex. Changing hands. This reflex may be sensitive. between the wrist and the waist line. Wrap your right hand around your client’s hand and. or the right testis. Starting just above the wrist on the outer border of the hand. place the outer edge of your right thumb over the fifth metacarpal bone. The area corresponds to the muscles of the pelvic region on the right side of the body. on the top lateral side of your client’s hand. Without altering the position of your left hand. On reaching the medial side of the hand you will find a small hollow. slightly above the back of the wrist and in line with the web between the thumb and index finger. These are both half moon shaped and are found on the outer border of the back of the right hand. Apply only light pressure. Thumb walk over the reflex several times. This hollow contains the reflex area to the uterus or prostate. thumb walk over one half moon shape. Use your left hand for support. From the knee reflex. in some cases you may find it easier to support the client’s hand with your other hand. with the outer edge of your right thumb. This will bring you to the right ovary reflex.

Retaining the position of your left hand. The knee reflex continues from the hip reflex to the waist line. With either the right thumb or fingers. Thumb walk over the other half moon shaped reflex which ends just below the waist line. Finishing the treatment on the hands The breast reflex area is found above the diaphragm line and covers all five zones. Then thumb walk horizontally across all five zones to the wrist. This covers the reflex area to the mid back. thumb walk across the wrist to the medial side of the hand. between the metacarpal bones and over the wrist bones. walk down the back of your client’s hand. From the right ovary or right testis reflex. and using it as the supporting hand. Place one of your hands across the back of your 14 . move your working thumb down to just above the waist line. Begin your massage with kneading.Supporting the client’s hand with your left hand. This covers the area to the right fallopian tube reflex in a female or the right vas deferens reflex in a male. place your working thumb on the knuckle of the little finger. The remainder of the lymphatic system reflex area covers all five zones. Thumb walk in horizontal lines across the right breast reflex to the diaphragm line. from the webs of the fingers down towards the wrist bones.

The reflex for these lymph nodes is found over the knuckle of the little finger. feel as though it is being stretched upwards. This action works by making the body. thumb walk around this area with your right hand. Turn your client’s hand over and repeat the light upward strokes on the back. Pressing both your hands into the client’s hand. Repeat this several times.client’s hand and the clenched fist of the other on the palm. Start at the wrist on the client’s palm and stroke lightly upwards with the fingers of both hands. pull your hands up towards you client’s fingers. muscles and organs. This is an excellent technique for stimulating energy in the body and for strengthening and improving the hand’s general structure. on the main drainage point. especially the spine. Starting near the wrist. massage both the palm and the back. Using the thumb and finger of your right hand. 15 . Using very gentle stroking movements over your client’s hands. Start your treatment of the lymphatic system with the lymph nodes to the right armpit. gently press and slide off the webs between the fingers. It is extremely effective in helping to release any tension in the spine. make circular movements. The lymph drainage reflex is treated last. Still using your left hand to support the client’s hand. Start on the lateral side of the hand and finish between the thumb and the index finger.

massage the back of the hand. Using tiny circular movements. Remain in this position for as long as you feel necessary. This technique can be extremely relaxing. Gently twist the client’s hand back and forth in a wringing action as you move slowly down towards the wrist. and your thumbs on the back of the client’s hand. at the base of the fingers. lay the palms of your hands against those of 16 . starting from the base of the fingers and working your way down and around the wrist bones.your client. Position your fingers on the palm. This action is beneficial for spreading out the bones in the hand. Wrap your hands around your client’s hand. and it works similarly on the organs of the body. When you have finished treating both hands.

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