If you put a clothespin on your earlobe for 5 seconds, this is the effect

Feeling stressed? You may want to skip the full body massage and opt for ear reflexology instead. Richard Randig, a board certified relexologist focuses on different pressure points within the ear to relieve stress and ease symptoms in other areas of the body. 
Ear reflexology is a form of alternative medicine that involves applying pressure to specific points on the ear. These points, known as reflex points, are believed to correspond to different parts of the body and can be used to treat a variety of health conditions.
The ear is divided into two main areas: the auricle and the ear lobe. The auricle is the visible outer part of the ear, while the ear lobe is the soft, fleshy part at the bottom of the ear. Both of these areas contain reflex points that can be stimulated to promote healing.
The theory behind ear reflexology is that the ear is connected to the body through energy channels known as meridians. These meridians are believed to be pathways for the flow of vital energy (known as Qi in Chinese medicine) throughout the body. By applying pressure to specific points on the ear, practitioners of ear reflexology believe that they can help to balance the flow of energy in the body and promote healing.
There are many different reflex points on the ear that are believed to correspond to different parts of the body. For example, the top of the ear is believed to be connected to the head and neck, while the middle of the ear is thought to correspond to the chest and stomach. The bottom of the ear is believed to be connected to the lower body, including the legs and feet.
Ear massage may help with multiple health issues including pain relief and addiction. Randig says this type of massage works well because the ears are so close to the brain. In the video at the end of the article, he describes specific techniques to maximize the benefits of this practice. 
If you don't have time (or the money) to head to a professional, you can perform some reflexology techniques on your own, according to Reflexology Map. 
To begin, sit in a comfortable chair. Pull your hair up (if necessary). Begin my gently pressing your ear lobes and pulling them downwards. Use gentle pulls, this shouldn't hurt. Gently trace the outer edges of your ears several times. 
As you touch your ears pay attention to the rest of body, as well as your ears, and note any pain or irritation you feel when you squeeze your ear. Gently put pressure on each point of the outer ear (as shown in the above diagram). You should hold pressure for about five seconds in each spot before moving on. Repeat five times before moving on to your other ear. 
Another technique is to use a clothes pin on each of the six pressure points on your outer ear for five seconds. Putting pressure on the lobe of your ear can ease headaches, while other pressure points on the outer ear can help with tummy troubles, sinus pressure and back and shoulder pain.
While ear reflexology is generally considered to be safe, it is important to consult a qualified practitioner before undergoing any form of alternative treatment. Some individuals may be more sensitive to ear reflexology or may have underlying health conditions that make it inappropriate for them. It is also important to follow proper hygiene practices during ear reflexology to prevent the risk of infection.
Have you ever tried reflexology? What did you think? Share your experience with us in the comments below. 
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