Video: Reflexology

Our Health & Wellness blogger Faith Franz discusses some key pressure points that can ease the side effects of mesothelioma cancer treatments on the spot, anywhere. If you have a topic you would like Faith to cover, please let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.


“Hey guys, it’s Faith, with the Mesothelioma Center. We have a new Health and Wellness video for you today, and we’re gonna be discussing reflexology, as well as how you can use it to help control your mesothelioma symptoms.

Now if you’re not familiar with reflexology, it’s a system of alternative medicine relies on pressure points in the hands, feet and ears. Each of these pressure points is thought to correlate with an organ or internal system somewhere else in the body. By applying pressure to the pressure point, you may be able to stimulate activity in the corresponding part of the body.

It’s something you can do at home or in the doctor’s office, once you’ve met with a reflexologist to discuss the basic principles of the practice.

Today we’re gonna be talking about how you can use it to help control chest pain, difficulty breathing, anxiety and nausea.

Reflexology for Chest Pain

Now the reflexology point for your chest and therefore your chest pain is in the outer ball of your foot. You can take your thumb and rub little clockwise circles on the outer ball of your foot to help relieve some of the dull chest pain that you might be experiencing.

Reflexology for Difficulty Breathing

Now if you’re experiencing difficulty breathing, you’re gonna want to focus on the reflexology point in the upper middle part of your foot. This is the part that’s right between the hard balls on either side and right above the top of your instep. When you apply pressure to this point, it can help relax your diaphragm and your solar plexus, which may in turn make it easier for you to breath.

Reflexology for Anxiety

Some studies also show that reflexology can help trigger the release of natural antidepressant hormones. One point that is especially affective at this is called the spirit gate.

You can find this on the palm of your hand below your little finger where the hand meets the wrist. If you apply steady pressure to the spirit gate point for about two to three minutes, you may be able to feel a little less stressed or tense in situations like a doctor’s appointment where you’re experiencing anxiety.

Reflexology for Nausea

Now the last point that we’re gonna talk about today is for nausea. This point is three fingers width below the bottom of your wrist. If you feel nauseous use your thumb to apply steady, moderate pressure to this pressure point on both hands and it may help you relieve some of the nausea that you’re experiencing.

Now if you’re ever tried a reflexology regimen or if you have other points that you like to use, come on over to and let us know. See you soon!”

 Is there a mesothelioma cancer topic you would like us to discuss? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.

Nadia Persaud joined the Mesothelioma Center in 2011 as the Social Media Community Analyst. She is excited to be spreading awareness about asbestos safety and new developments in the industry with our online community. If you have a story idea for Nadia, please email her at

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