Clothing - to allow access to meridian points on the lower legs or arms, it helps if possible to wear loose, comfortable clothes which can be pushed up to the knee or elbow.
Remove - footwear & socks or rings & wrist jewellery, as for foot or hand reflexology.
Meridian points may be used during a normal reflexology session to enhance the effects of reflexology. These are usually worked with gentle finger pressure on the lower legs or arms, as the majority of meridians begin or end at the bases of the fingernails or toenails.
Working on points along the body's energy meridians, as used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes that meridians are energy channels running throughout the body and that Qi, our universal life force (pronounced 'chi') must be able to move freely through these for us to remain healthy. It is thought that blockages in the meridians can contribute to imbalances or illness in the body, and vice versa. There are twelve meridians relating to major organs or systems of the body, which in turn are thought to represent characteristics linked to the five major elements of Fire, Water, Wood, Earth and Metal.
The "Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine" is often cited as the earliest book of Chinese medicine, dating back to at least the 1st Century AD. It's believed that most modern variants of TCM using meridians (e.g. acupuncture) can be traced back in some way to this text.