Ear Reflexology for People with a Flu Virus

As we are all social distancing and closing our businesses during this COVID-19 outbreak, I wanted to share some things you can do at home, without purchasing anything special. Below you’ll find an ear reflexology (auriculotherapy) map with specific points that benefit people dealing with the flu.

Please note, this DOES NOT REPLACE MEDICAL HELP by any means. If you are sick, please call your doctor as soon as possible and listen to his/her advice and treatment plan. This is just an additional DIY, self-help therapy you can add to any protocols you are already doing that will help boost your immune response to the virus.

To work these points, use your finger or thumb to put light to moderate pressure on the point, or where appropriate, use your finger and thumb to lightly or moderately pinch the points (like on the outer points of the ears or ear flaps).

Hold all these points for 1 to 5 minutes before moving on to the next point.

You can also have a loved one or friend work on your ears.  (Remember to have washed hands and a protective mask when working with someone who has a virus.)


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Balance the Body with Foot, Hand & Ear Reflexology

One afternoon, I was at my friend’s home visiting her and her newborn son, Jackson. She was excited and anxious about being a new mom and concerned about a skin reaction he was having, which she believed was from the laundry detergent she was using. As I peered into the bundle of blankets, I saw a cute but pink-dotted little baby. I took his tiny, two-day-old foot between my fingers and rolled my thumb gently on the bottom of his sole. I then took my fingers and held what I like to refer to as the “Spock Point” at the tip of his ears to counter allergic reactions. To both my friend’s, my, and surely Jackson’s delight, we watched his little pink dots completely disappear from his skin. What Jackson experienced was his first reflexology session.

You don’t need to be a polka dotted infant to reap the benefits of reflexology. Whether you are young or old, in good health or weathering the effects of stress, trauma or disease, reflexology can benefit almost everyone. It can assist people dealing with issues ranging from chronic stress and pains to digestive disorders and hormonal imbalances. In addition, reflexology is a safe, natural and non-intrusive form of therapy that can be learned easily and self applied whenever needed. Besides that, it feels great!

So what exactly is reflexology?

For thousands of years the feet, hands and ears have been used to facilitate healing. Within the last century, reflexology has been redefined into what we recognize it as today. It is based on the premise that the human body is completely reflected, as reflex maps, on the feet, hands and outer ears. In essence, these areas serve as a mirror to our state of health, as well as to adjust the body’s natural processes, physiologically and psychologically, to help us regain and maintain a normal equilibrium and sense of health and well being. In practice, if a client complains of neck pain, the points relating to the neck, or “neck reflexes,” would be stimulated. These areas would include the base of the toes and fingers and the lower part of the helix and antihelix on the ears. With all holistic work, the entire body reflexes are always included in a session, as the body system works as a whole entity in harmony.

What can reflexology do?

People seek reflexology for a wide range of issues including stress and tension, aches and pains, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances, infertility, certain types of paralysis, repetitive stress symptoms, injuries and much more. It has a balancing effect that helps to calm what is overactive and stimulate that which is underactive, giving a feeling of overall wellness while enhancing current health issues.

I’ve worked with several women regarding infertility issues, and am happy to say many of them are now proud mothers. One client came in to find relief from her excruciating migraines she received like clockwork two days before her menstrual cycle, every month for five years. After her first session, the headaches were gone. With routine visits, she is able to keep them away. Another client was able to quit taking his pain medicine for his back. I’ve seen a few a clients gain improvement from certain types of paralysis, and countless clients have found relief from their aches, pains and tension.

It is important to remember that every body is unique. The results people receive vary as much as their individual constitutions do. I have no doubt that the people I have worked with who have had such positive results are individuals who have healed themselves. Reflexology facilitates them in their healing process. I believe a person’s health cannot improve until they have the desire to change and believe that their health can improve. For some, who have chronic ailments that accumulated in their bodies over a long period of time, it may take longer to restore balance.

How does reflexology work?

As a holistic therapy, reflexology is theorized to work on many levels as it affects the biomechanics of the foot structure, neural circuitry, vascular circulation, holographic microsystems, the meridian system, emotional networks and much more. Let’s take a look at a few of these in more depth.

Structurally, reflexology directly works on the biomechanics of the feet. If any part of the foot structure deviates from normalcy, postural integrity of the body is compromised; which affects not only the skeletal structure, but the inner organ systems as well. By relaxing the tissues of the feet, reflexology enables the body to have a solid foundation that can promote good posture and overall health.

Within the circuitry of the body, reflexology is believed to aid in unblocking congested nerve endings. The extremities of the body — being the feet, hands and ears — have a rich supply of nerve endings. Stress, tension, chemical imbalances, injuries or an acidic pH can cause the nerve endings to become clogged and congested. By palpating these areas with a reflexology technique, the nerves are stimulated, congestion disperses and circulation (both neural and vascular) improves. This brings both increased vitality and health to the reflex area, the corresponding body area and the entire body as a whole.

On a more subtle level, as Eastern thought theorizes, when the foot is being palpated, or reflexed, acupressure points are being stimulated, affecting the body through meridian pathways. There are over seventy five acupressure points found on the feet and hands alone, not to mention the hundreds of auricular microsystem points found on the ears. While reflexology differs from acupressure with its mapping of points, they both overlap and integrate with one another well.

The results of reflexology have also been attributed to the theories of laying on of hands and the emotional power of touch, the power of love, the healing effects of rest and even the placebo effect. Although there is not one definitive explanation of how reflexology works, the answer most likely rests in the combination of many.

Why choose reflexology?

Reflexology, in most cases, brings about a deep relaxation. This in itself reduces the stress that creates many of our ailments today. It is safe, therapeutic and feels wonderful. Don’t be fooled by the myth that it must be painful to benefit you. I have clients that rave about how pampered they feel during a session. Reflexology is also non-intrusive. If you don’t like to disrobe, don’t like needles, don’t like to take medicines or remedies, don’t worry! Reflexology only requires that you expose your feet, hands and ears.

The main reason for choosing reflexology, however, should be for its health benefits. Reflexology is beneficial in both gaining and maintaining a healthier constitution. It works the body on a deep level, affecting the organs and body systems as well as the outer structures promoting a sense of balance, health and well being.

What to expect during a session

A reflexology session usually begins with a brief intake of a your health background and current issues. Before the session starts, shoes and socks are removed and you are either seated in a reclining chair or asked to lie on a reflexology table (usually pillows and blankets are offered for comfort). At that point, an initial scan of the reflexes are viewed and the reflexologist begins to palpate your feet and hands. As a general rule, only the practitioner’s hands will give the pressure to the reflexes. Pressure should be deep enough so that your tissues are thoroughly worked, but gentle enough to keep you comfortable and relaxed. Relaxation is the key here, without it our body cannot heal. The ear points are worked with lighter pressure, and in most cases, points are held as well as palpated. Some sessions utilize a combination of the feet, hands and ears, while others are a lesser combination of the three according to the practitioner’s experience and your current needs.

After the session, you will most likely feel very relaxed and possibly sleepy. However sometimes clients leave feeling instantly energized. It really depends on your body’s constitution and overall health needs. Give yourself some time to rest. As reflexology stimulates your entire body, it is important to drink plenty of water following the session to flush out any impurities and to re-hydrate your body.

It is hard not to enjoy the day or evening after a good reflexology session. A client once told me, “there is nothing more heavenly than having my feet rubbed.” So whether you go to a reflexologist, share a foot rub on the couch with your sweetheart, or work your own feet routinely you are benefiting from the wellness reflexology can bring.


The article below was published in the March/April 2004 San Francisco Bay Area’s ShareGuide Magazine.  © Laura Lee Ostrowski, 2004. All Rights Reserved.



Reflexology for Insomnia

Do you suffer from insomnia? Does a good night’s sleep seem like a far off dream? Since sleep restores your body, physically and mentally, getting a good night’s worth is a worthy pursuit.

If you’ve tried other things to no avail, it might be time to give reflexology a try.

Before we dive into how reflexology can help, make sure you are addressing the common sleep aids experts advise:

1. Reduce any stimulation at least an hour prior to bedtime, 2  to 3 hours is even better!  This includes bright lights, TV and screen-light of all kinds, loud and/or stimulating music and sounds, vigorous work-out routines, upsetting or overstimulating conversations, and even books, magazine articles, and any story that you may want to keep replaying or try to resolve instead of drifting off into dreamland.

2. Avoid or reduce any chemical stimulates. Yes, this includes caffeine! Avoid them all together if you are having major insomnia issues. Stop taking caffeine midday if you only have minor issues.

3. Prime your sleep room – cool, quiet and dark.

Cool means a cool but comfortable temperature for you. However, sometimes I’ve found that a nice foot warmer helps me sleep when the room is comfortably cool.

Quiet can, and for finicky sleepers usually does, mean white noise. White noise helps to mask those sounds that can wake you or keep you up.

Dark means as dark as you can comfortably get your room. Turn off your cell phone, or turn it over (and put it on mute).  If you use your cell phone as your alarm clock, there are apps that allow you to color your display to a deep red or orange (which don’t interfere with melatonin like blue light does). (Smart Alarm Clock and Nightstand Clock) by Purple Energy is one of them.) If light is coming through the windows, blinds, shades or curtains, invest in some better light-blocking window covers. For an expensive and quick fix, cardboard or even the water heater bubble foil wrap insulation cut to window’s size works. (Of course, you have to take it out in the morning.)

4. Stick to a regular bedtime and don’t nap during the day.

Now that we’ve covered some basics, it’s time to look at how reflexology can help!  My recommendation is to be ready to go to sleep (teeth brushed, bathroom duties done, doors locked, PJs on, you’re in or near bedroom with the lights dimmed). Ah. All set!

Now It’s Reflexology Time for Better Sleep

For this mini-self session, we’ll be sticking to foot and ear reflexology. You’ll want to have a foot roller, golf ball, or high bounce rubber ball.

Start by standing near a wall (or something sturdy to hold on to like a chair or dresser) and step on the roller or ball. Put enough weight on it to feel a deep massage, but not so much that you are wincing in pain. Move the roller or ball up and down the bottom of your foot, from heel to the pad. Do this for several minutes on each foot. You can also do this sitting down on the edge of your bed (if your bed isn’t super tall) or in a chair by leaning your body forward  and downward into the ball or roller. This will work all the reflexology points for the major internal organs.




For the rest of the foot reflexology work, you’ll want to sit down.  Now you’ll work the shoulders, neck and head reflex points. Lift one foot over the opposite thigh of the leg still touching the ground.

Lightly squeeze the webs between your toes, working the shoulders, ears, eyes, lower neck and lymph reflex points. Next take your index finger and thumb and pinch and squeeze the little toe from the base up to the top of the toe – do it from front to back as well as the sides of the toe. Then continue doing this for the next 3 toes. You may need to switch hands when doing the sides and the front & back to whatever works best.

Once you get to the big toe, it is easier to work it with just a thumb walk. This means pushing your thumb into the base of the toe and inch-worm walking it up to the top of the toe, using a supported finger on the other side of the toe. Try to get all the areas on the bottom (plantar)  and top (dorsal) side, and the squeeze both sides from base to tip. This will work the head, face, jaw and brain reflex points.

Press and hold your thumb or finger into the middle of the top toe pad to get the pineal, pituitary and hypothalamus glands.

Now, it’s time to work the ear reflexology points for insomnia. You can do this either sitting down with your elbows propped up on a desk, table, your knees or a pile of pillows. Or you can lie down in bed with your elbows supported with pillows or rolled towels. The point is not to stress your neck, shoulder and arm muscles to hold your hands up to your ears.

Ear Reflexology for Insomnia. Pink, violet and yellow points are primary points. Blue points are secondary points. Circles mean the surface you can see. The squares are hidden on the underside of that location. References are from Terry Oleson’s Auricular Therapy Manual.

Before you start you ear reflexology session, print or study the ear map above, so youll know where to work.

Begin by pinching the earlobes with your thumb and index finger. Alternatively, you can bend your index finger and squeeze your earlobe between the first joint of the index finger and thumb. Continue doing this to cover the entire earlobe (head and brain reflex points) then move up along the edge of the entire ear until it meets your head on the top of the ear. You may have to change your finger positions as you go. Do this squeezing and release from earlobe to top of ear at least three times.

Now with the Ear Reflexology Map for Insomnia map in hand (or by memory) pinch and hold, press and hold, or massage  (depending on the location) each of these points for at least a minute or two or even longer if you can. Make sure you don’t strain your neck, shoulders or arms.

When you are finished. Squeeze, pull and press your finger around your entire ear, giving it a little mini massage, breathing slowly and deeply.

Lower your hands and rest. Try not doing much activity between doing this and slipping under the covers to rest and fall asleep. Continue to breath slowly and deeply, feeling the warmth in your ears as it spreads to your head and neck.

Wishing you sweet dreams!





Foot Pain, reflexology

Is Your Foot Structure Creating Pain?

You probably don’t give much thought to your feet until they start to hurt. Although I’m a reflexologist, and the basis of my work is working the “reflex” points in the feet, I couldn’t help seeing patterns in people’s foot problems over the years. And, over those years, I continued to research causes and conditions as I worked deeply into those aching soft-tissues of the feet and lower legs – working out both reflexology points and rigid foot structures.

Then I came across something that truly changed everything… a simple little deviation in one foot bone that causes a whole cascade of issues up into the body.  It’s called Morton’s Foot.

Morton’s foot (also known as Morton’s Toe, Greek Foot and many other names) is a condition where the second long bone of your forefoot (your 2nd metatarsal) is longer than your first metatarsal (the long foot bone that attaches to your big toe bones). At least 25% of people have this foot condition.

Common sense and science tells us that you need a solid foundation to support a solid house.  In this case, our foundation is our feet. Now imagine, your foundation that would normally be stabilized with a solid 3-point, tripod base (the ball under your big toe, little toe and heel), is now wobbling on a linear, 2-point base (the ball under your 2nd toe and your heel). Wobble, wobble. Feel that?  It’s like walking around on ice-skates. Not too stable is it?

According to The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook and the people at, problems in the body from this seemingly benign bone deviation are:

  • Poor Posture
  • Foot Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Hammer Toes
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Pronation (Fallen Arches)
  • Supination (over correction for fallen arches)
  • Achilles Pain
  • Ankle Pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Leg Pain
  • Leg Cramps and Fatigue
  • Internally Rotated Legs (Knock-knee)
  • Knee Pain
  • Tight IT bands
  • SI Joint Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Gluteal Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Reduced lung capacity, shallow breathing, anxiety
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • TMJ
  • Mental Fatigue, Pain and Depression

Take a breath, that is an exhaustive list. Are you seeing the impact of this first metatarsal bone being a wee-bit short?  Ready for some good news? It’s GREAT in fact. There is a simple, easy and inexpensive solution to this metatarsal mess.  But before we go into the solution, let’s check to see if you actually have this foot structure.

If you want to find out if you have Morton’s foot, you can’t rely on seeing if your second toe is longer than the first. It’s about the metatarsal heads, not toe length (although, having a second long toe does usually tag along). Look for these characteristics. First and foremost, with bare feet, bend your toes downward (while pushing on the balls of your feet from the bottom to make them pop up). From the top of your foot, see which metatarsal head (knuckles of the feet) is closer to the toes… if your second one is higher, you have Morton’s Foot.



There are a few other ways to check. Look at the web between your first and second toes, then the web between your second and third toes. If the first web is lower, good chance you have Morton’s Foot.



To continue to confirm this foot condition, notice if there are calluses on the sides of the big toe, under the second metatarsal head (plantar/bottom side of foot), on the side of the first and/or fifth metatarsal heads (inner and outer sides of your feet). These are also signs of good ol’ Morton’s Foot.


It is pretty much a no-win situation for a stable foundation. Fallen arches, overused (and mis-used) muscles and a foundation fallen off kilter… it’s an avalanche of postural structure. And the result is usually a lack of efficient mobility and pain.

If you find you do have Morton’s Foot, here’s the good news!

The solution to Morton’s Foot is to create the tripod of solid support back into your feet by adding a little lift under the head of your first metatarsal, that’s the ball under your big toe.  For a quick, easy and do-it-today solution, courtesy of Clair Davis in The Trigger Point Therapy Manual, go out and get something like Dr. Scholl’s Molefoam Padding. Cut it into a quarter or half-dollar size oval and stick it right onto your insoles of your shoes (or newly purchased insoles). Make sure it is placed directly where the ball under your first toe only will step, being sure not to overlap under the 2nd metatarsal head.   And…Voila!


The more comprehensive, and worth every cent, solution is to head on over to the good folks at There they have every type of insole you can imagine to correct this condition in any type of foot wear, including sandals and yeah, even bare feet!