Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Solar Plexus...the "abdominal brain"

The solar plexus reflex point is one of the most powerful points in foot reflexology.

Within the physical body, the solar plexus is found right in the middle of the upper half of the trunk of the torso, where the rib cage comes together at the stomach level in front of the diaphragm.

On the feet, it can be found if you draw an imaginary line from the second toe down, below the ball of the foot, right within that hollow. It can also be found if you gently squeeze the top of the foot inward. You should find a "little dimple space"- that’s the solar plexus point.

The solar plexus is a great network (or ganglia) of nerves that sits directly behind the stomach. It goes out to all parts of the abdominal cavity and has been sometimes called the "abdominal brain". It is highly affected by stress.

There is a very strong connection between the feet and the solar plexus. Notice that when your feet are cold, you can feel a tightening of the stomach. And if you eat something while you’re feeling like that, your digestion will be more difficult than usual.

You will find that if you soak your feet in hot water it will give you a delightful sensation of relaxation at the level of your solar plexus. This is why in previous posts I have talked about the importance of the "foot bath". It’s a wonderful way to influence and strengthen the solar plexus. Now that you know where your solar plexus reflex point is located, I will share with you how to stimulate it.

Let’s Go!

• While seated, bring the foot of your choice up and over the opposite knee and allow it to comfortably rest there.

• With the opposite side hand, use your thumb to press in and slightly upward on the point (hold for 20 seconds). As you slowly release pressure, don’t loose contact with the point; just relax the pressure. Repeat this 3 times and then move to the opposite foot.

• You can also try inhaling as you press in and exhaling as you release out. If you have been under a great deal of stress, this reflex point may be sensitive- so work gently and compassionately at first. As the sensitivity dissipates, you can gradually increase the pressure. You’ll be amazed at how you will immediately feel a "stirring" within the center of your body.

This reflex point is great for relieving insomnia, stress and anxiety. However if you are feeling a little "low in energy" this point will also help to increase energy levels. Reflexology will always work to balance the body from any extreme.

Personally, I use this technique right before I go to bed each night and upon awakening in the morning. It has always given me whatever I needed in that moment.

So now that you’ve been introduced to your solar plexus point…..enjoy it! I hope it brings to you as much balance and harmony as it does for me. Press away……..and be well! under solar plexus point With permission: Ron Carnival CR (Ron has a wonderful blog on-line. Take time to visit it)

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