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Réflexologie oculaire.

Ocular reflexology as a treatment for the eyes.

Ocular reflexology is a relaxation treatment aimed at alleviating the eyes and the body as a whole. Developed by Corinne MARÉCHAL, it involves performing massage movements around the eye contour. Discover the benefits of this method and how to take care of your gaze through this practice.

What principle does ocular reflexology rely on?

Ocular reflexology is a holistic treatment designed to relax the eyes and the entire body. Invented by Corinne MARÉCHAL in 2008, the principle involves activating reflex zones in order to stimulate or soothe the various senses of the body. Indeed, similar to the principle of foot reflexology, ocular reflexology believes that it is possible to influence the whole person through touching specific areas located under the eyebrow arch, which correspond to different parts of the body. It is performed through precise and gentle massages around the eye contour and face.

Please note : Individuals suffering from cervical vertebrae lesions, serious and degenerative visual diseases, or heart problems cannot benefit from an ocular reflexology session.

What are the benefits of ocular reflexology?

The primary aim of ocular reflexology is to reduce eye disorders, such as tingling, redness, dry eyes or light sensitivity, through muscle relaxation. These usually stem from prolonged exposure of the eyes to screens. This activity tends to freeze our gaze, even though our eyes are not designed to focus on a fixed point for several hours. To take care of them, it is recommended to look into the distance occasionally, at least five minutes every hour, and to blink regularly, in order to rehydrate the cornea.

Ocular reflexology aims to help relax the gaze, while also acting on other levels of the body. It would also allow to release the back muscles and improve posture. Ocular reflexology would also have a beneficial effect on headaches and a toning effect on the skin. Indeed, the massages performed would stimulate blood and lymphatic circulations, which would improve the drainage of various waste around the eyes and reduce the appearance of dark circles and bags. Finally, when performed correctly, ocular reflexology is often a moment of relaxation, conducive to escape.

It is important to note that ocular reflexology is a recent practice about which we have little hindsight. The various benefits it promises have not all been scientifically demonstrated to date. Some researchers speak of a placebo effect of reflexology, thus explaining why the effectiveness of this method varies from one person to another.

Ocular Reflexology: Can self-massages be performed?

It is possible to enjoy the benefits of ocular reflexology while staying at home. Indeed, some massages of this technique can be self-administered. The first involves gently pinching the bridge of the nose for 2 to 3 breaths before gently releasing. Then repeat this operation about 6 times. The bridge of the nose is actually said to correspond to the spine, and gently pinching it could bring benefits to your posture.

Another massage that you can perform involves placing your thumbs in the hollow of the eye socket, that is, in the inner corner of the eyes. Then apply a gentle pressure for 2 to 3 seconds on this point. Repeat this action 5 to 8 times. This massage is attributed with a relaxing anti-migraine effect.

Finally, Corinne MARÉCHAL recommends the palming method, developed by Dr BATES in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. The aim is to rest the retina and optic nerves by immersing oneself in the deepest possible darkness. It should be noted that there is no scientific data to support palming. However, this method is widely used, not only in ocular reflexology, but also in yoga and by orthoptists.

To do this, position your hands in front of your closed eyes as follows: the palm of your right hand at the level of your right eye and the palm of your left hand at the level of your left eye. Your fingers are crossed at your forehead. Then lean forward to rest your elbows on a table, so that your neck is relaxed and aligned. Hold this position for a few minutes before gently moving your hands apart, while keeping your eyes closed. Your eyes then open in turn.

Source

  • SAMUEL C. & al. Reflexology: Exploring the mechanism of action. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice (2022).

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