Activate Your Moon Practice With Hand Reflexology and Aromatherapy
Each phase of the moon supports a different direction of attention and energy. Learn how to create a practice using hand reflexology and aromatherapy based on the lunar cycle.
The moon is a visual reminder of the never-ending cycles of nature. The pull of the moon can be seen and experienced by its' relationship to ocean tides. Indigenous people planted their crops based on the cycle of the moon. You may recognize that even your sleep is affected by how the moon appears in the sky.
Clinical Aroma-Reflexologist Lisa Melbourne has spent over a decade working with the energy of the moon. As she has woven mindful practices into her life, she has deepened her understanding of the connection of the cyclical nature of the moon, and that of our own energy.
This practice can inform your daily rhythm. When you tune into the phases of the moon, you can begin to harness that energy to support the cycles of your life. Setting intentions, beginning new chapters, basking in gratitude, and allowing time for rest and relaxation can all be supported more deeply by certain lunar phases.
Melbourne incorporates aromatherapy and reflexology into her work with the Moon.“Understanding which essential oils will complement the current moon energies, as well as which reflexes when stimulated, will support health and wellbeing creates an even deeper connection with mind, body, and spirit.“
She explains, “Reflexology is an ancient therapy that has been practiced for over 5000 years and was introduced to the western world over 100 years ago. It is a non-intrusive complementary therapy which is based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face, or ears correspond with different organs/systems in the body.“
It is understood that “working on these reflexes helps to re-balance the body which in turn improves wellbeing and aids in relaxation. Reflexology may also provide relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, complementing allopathic medicine. However, this happens on a very individual basis and medical advice should always be sought first where appropriate.“
Aromatherapy works with essential oils, which are “aromatic plant extracts that have been used for thousands of years, dating as far back as the Ancient Egyptians, to promote physical and emotional health and wellbeing.“ Different scents are believed to invoke different emotional states, with corresponding energetic frequencies.
Find the specific hand reflexology points and scents Melbourne suggests for each phase of the moon.
The full moon enhances our capacity to sit in gratitude for the fullness of life, as well as to take stock of what we want to keep and what we are ready to release. The points of the solar plexus, amygdala, and heart are all at play here, enhanced by the grounding, light, and heart-centered qualities of rose, patchouli, and sweet orange oils. [Read now]
The waning moon is a time for introspection, rejuvenation, and releasing the need to be constantly driving forward. It calls for self-care and tuning in. Enlivening the points corresponding to the low back, the shoulders, and the knee supports this capacity, as does the balanced peace supported by sandalwood and lavender. [Read now]
For more moon practices, read “Full Moon Ritual Bath” or listen to “Full Moon Meditation for Letting Go and Letting In.”