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Allergy Season: Self-help for Lungs


Allergy Season: Self-help for Lungs

By Batja Cates

Now that allergy season is upon us, as well as tax season, I am finally writing the Article I have contemplated every time I am confronted with an asthma/allergy or other pulmonary sufferer.

What tax season has to do with this is that I will do anything to procrastinate working on my taxes so here I am at last sitting down to write.

I am a retired reflexologist, (mostly medical) massage therapist and imaginal guidance coach. I practiced privately in New York City for 30 years and created and taught the first postgraduate Reflexology course at the Swedish Institute of Massage, the only New York State licensed massage school. I also trained reflexologists and massage therapists privately.

Through physician clients, I became a medical consultant and colleague in the care of the seriously ill. As a result, I often accompanied clients to the hospital. 

On one such occasion, I was massaging the hand of a patient with what turned out to be terminal lung cancer when he noticeably began to breathe more deeply. He was wearing a resipirator and struggling for breath.

On returning home I went through every pressure point book I had, including Chinese acupressure, looking for the place I had massaged. In the last book, on Japanese Shiatsu, I found it. It was the point for “oxygenating the lungs.”

Since then, I have stopped asthma attacks with this very simple easy to apply pressure technique. It is effective with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), as evidenced in the pulmonary oncologist of a friend of mine who started coughing whenever he had to give a patient bad news. It works with emphysema, bronchitis, anything affecting the lungs.

I recently offered it to a friend who stopped smoking and wanted to heal her lungs. I believe it is also a very relaxing way to encourage anyone to inhale deeply.

I am convinced that if asthmatics regularly apply this simple massage they will prevent attacks. After all, if it can stop an attack, surely it can prevent one by keeping the airways open and oxygenated. 

How to apply Self-Treatment for Asthma and other respiratory congestion

Turn you hands palm up. Look at the fleshy part where your thumb connects to your hand. Massage that whole mound by rotating your thumb around and deeply into it. You can use your knuckle or a pencil eraser if your thumbs aren’t strong enough Do it to both hands as each hand reflexes to a different lung. If it hurts that’s because you have congestion. Massage each hand until it no longer hurts and you will experience corresponding respiratory relief. 

This pressure does not hurt someone who does not have respiratory congestion. Any soreness is symptomatic of the congested area, as is commonly true in Reflexology, which designates points in the hands and feet that correlate to the entire body.

Ideally, find someone to gift you with this simple treatment and sit back and relax. You will find yourself taking deep breaths even if you are not in distress. Have them switch from hand to hand, especially if one is more tender than the other. The tenderness will recede and you will feel the difference in your breathing.

I have witnessed this many times while demonstrating the technique.

Please pass this on. You may save a life! 

By the way, the client on which I discovered this was a 30-year-old doctor;  this is his legacy: a healing gift to others.