Updated: Jan 22, 2020
Ear (auricular) reflexology is complementary, holistic, preventative, and effective. By stimulating reflex points in the ears, the body's self-corrective healing mechanisms are called forth.
Using Ear Beads in Reflexology
Traditionally, ear beads/seeds are used as an adjunct to acupuncture and acupressure, and are believed to help relieve blockages of "qi" energy along meridians. In reflexology applications, the ear bead is used to stimulate physical, emotional and functional reflexes in the ears.
Small seeds of the vaccaria plant, or small plastic beads, are applied to points on the outer ear with medical adhesive tape. The beads may be worn for up to five days, and can be worn while showering and swimming, and because they do not pierce the skin, they won't cause aggravation.
During another reflexology treatment, such as foot, hand or scalp reflexology, ear beads may be placed on reflex points in the ear to "boost" the session, or for desired outcomes like pain relief or inflammation reduction. They may also be used as a way for the client to "self treat" and stimulate key reflexes for a few days following the session.
Special Ear Reflex Points
There are a number of special reflex points in the ear that correspond to emotional wellbeing and help relieve and stress. That's why ear reflexology is helpful in dealing with the effects of conditions like PTSD and depression. Above, "Zero Point" is stimulated by an ear bead. This power point encourages homeostasis and a balance of energy, hormones and brain activity. It acts as a "reset" button for the nervous system, supporting sleep, deep breathing, improved digestion, and general wellbeing.
Ear reflexology can be a treatment all on its own, or it can be used to supplement foot reflexology or other holistic bodywork methods. Learn more about ear reflexology and ear beads, and give your client a way to participate in their self care when they go home!
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