QUIT SMOKING WITH FOOT REFLEXOLOGY
Author: Ken Koh, Sept 25 2017
Many reflexologist advocate that foot reflexology can significantly reduce the cravings of smoking.
For most smokers, the culprit behind our next cigarette is stress. From the stress derived from work to placing the next bets in the casino, our first thoughts are always to reach for a pack and the lighter. Although many smokers are aware of the risks and health hazards associated, the temporary pleasures of smoking seems to always get the better of us. However, this temporary stress relief comes with a baggage that many can’t handle, that is, a multiple range of cancer and heart disease.
The detrimental effects of smoking are advertised everywhere, many smokers have approached different quit smoking methods for a healthier lifestyle. Methods such as going cold turkey, nicotine replacement (gums and patches) and withdrawals medication have proven some success, however one unconventional method that has proven results in assisting the road to smoking cessation is Foot Reflexology.
What is Reflexology?
Foot Reflexology is a form of massage therapy that involves manipulation of reflexology points to benefit our overall well-being. Many studies have shown that our feet depicts a map of our body allowing a direct effect to our internal organs. This ancient therapy has been used to counter many health adversities. Applying various degree of pressure to a multitude of reflex points, it acts like a cocktail of natural medication to improve your overall being.
Quit Smoking with Foot Reflexology?
Nicotine is an addictive substance that is found in cigarette, it is also the main reason many aspiring quitters find it so difficult to quit smoking. Many reflexologist advocates that foot reflexology can significantly reduce the anxiety and irritability associated with nicotine withdrawal. It is recommended to do foot reflexology 3 sessions a week whenever the urge of smoking presents. Using foot reflexology as a stress coping substitute can also take your mind off the urges of smoking.
Solar Plexus (Immediate Stress Control)
The solar plexus reflexology is located at the ball of your foot, aligned to your third toe. It is a series of nerves that rests behind the stomach connecting to the diaphragm. The main function of the solar plexus during foot reflexology is stress control, hence placing pressure during foot reflexology will reduce levels of stress and improve tolerance for stress. Stress relief is vital to quitting smoking as it reduces your urge to reach for the cigarettes. Focusing on the solar plexus during foot reflexology allows you be adjust your mind to a relaxed state reducing cravings.
Pineal Gland (Helps with Smoke Cravings)
Pineal gland in located on the top middle of your big toe. The main function is the production of hormone melatonin during night time. When we light up a cigarette, the smoke affects the breakdown of melatonin, causing lower levels in our body. This is especially important for people quitting smoking as melatonin significantly reduced the symptoms of smoking withdrawals. Focusing on the Pineal Gland during foot reflexology can improve melatonin levels helping your anxiety, impatience and cravings for a smoke.
Thyroid Gland (Improve Thyroid Health)
Thyroid gland is located at the base of the big toe. The main function of the gland is produce thyroid hormones that regulates your metabolism. Regular smoking causes the gland to under produce thyroid hormones causing hypothyroidism, which can influence the mental health and energy. Poor thyroid conditions can lead to thyroid disease and even cancer. Focusing on the thyroid gland can regulate the production of thyroid hormones and maintain a healthy gland.
Pituitary Gland (Relax & Re-energise)
Located in the center of your big toe, the pituitary gland is responsible for the discharge of almost every hormone in the other glands. The main function of the gland is harmonising any imbalances within the body. During your road to quit smoking, the nicotine withdrawal will have multiple side effects including nausea, insomnia, anxiety, irritability and headaches. A multitude of side effects will tempt you to relapse back to smoking. Focusing on the pituitary gland during foot reflexology can effectively relax and re-energise your body depending on what is required. Constant stimulation can also put your body in a calm and relaxed state resulting in better sleep.
Lung Point / Bronchial Tubes (Cleanse & Detox Lungs)
The lung reflexology point is located on middle of the foot, right above the thyroid gland. The main function of the lung reflexology point is to clear out congestion and stimulate circulation in the lung. The main organ affected from smoking is the lung, it is also the main cause for lung cancer worldwide. During the road to a smoke free life, it is very important to cleanse and rebuild the health of your lungs. During foot reflexology, it is important to focus on the lung reflexology point to detox the lung and improve circulation of breathing.
Adrenal Gland (Long Term Stress Relief)
The adrenal glands is situated above the kidneys in our body. The reflexology point is located on middle of the foot, aligned to the big toe. The main function of the adrenal reflexology point is to relief stress and help you relax. For smokers experiencing chronic stress, instead of reaching for a cigarette, try putting pressure on the adrenal reflexology point to release stress. Both the solar plexus and adrenal reflexology point can aid in stress relief, however, the adrenal focuses on a longer term relief. During foot reflexology, ensure the adrenal gland is constantly stimulated to take your mind off smoking.
The tip to quit smoking is to control your psychological habit. As stress and anxiety is the main trigger for smoking, use the above reflexology points to curb your withdrawal and relax your mind. The road to quit smoking is long and torturous one, but once you get over the initial withdrawal, it gets easier by the day. Any smokers can quit with the right combination of strategies, give foot reflexology a try and it might just surprise you.
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