Reflexology and the Pituitary Gland


The Body’s Orchestra Leader

The Pituitary Gland, also known as the “master gland” is considered the most important in the body – as it controls the functions of all the endocrine glands.

You can think of the pituitary gland as a powerful “conductor” of a large orchestra.

About the size and shape of a cherry, the pituitary gland is attached to the base of the brain.

Numerous hormones are produced by this gland – influencing growth, sexual development, metabolism, female menstrual cycle, mineral and sugar content of the blood, fluid retention, and energy levels. It maintains the efficiency of the various structures and prevents the excessive accumulation of fats.

Pituitary Gland Reflex Point Location

Traditionally, the pituitary reflex point on the feet is located on each big toe, where the “whorl” of the toe print converges into a central point. However, since each of us are unique, I find that the “exact” location requires a little searching. More often than not, this reflex point is found to be slightly off-center. Since the hormonal system is extremely sensitive and easily thrown off-balance, this reflex point is usually very tender.

Note: an effective way to find the exact location of the pituitary reflex point on your own feet; use the “eraser-end” of a pencil and firmly, yet gently, begin pressing into the center of your big toes. Gradually move the eraser slightly to the right and then the left of the point, as you continue pressing – you will eventually find the direct location. If sensitive, continue a constant contact with the point for approximately 1 minute – then release the pressure. Do this 3 times.

Because the pituitary gland harmonizes any imbalance within the body, this procedure will effectively relax and/or energize.

I quite often do this for myself right before bedtime – to help calm and relax my body. I also apply some pressure to this reflex point before getting out of bed in the morning – to help naturally “jump-start” my energy level.

Professionally, I will always begin and end my sessions with the pituitary gland reflex point (along with the solar plexus reflex point). It always seems to give the client what they need…when they need it.

So, begin to acquaint yourself with your body’s very own “orchestra leader”…the Pituitary Gland.

And create some healthy, balanced, and beautiful music together!

Be well, folks!

Portions of this post gratefully supplied by: “The Art of Reflexology” – Inge Dougans with Suzanne Ellis

Photo: Florenda 27

Reflexology….and the “Foot Map”

Foot Reflexology works with the simple yet highly effective principle that there are reflex points on the feet that correspond to every organ, gland, muscle, bone, and system of the body.

The feet actually contain a “map” – that reflects the human anatomy.

A reflexologist uses this map as a guide to discover where there may be any imbalance.

Back in 2000 when I began my study of this ancient art, I slowly discovered that each foot map I examined, had slightly different foot map markings. This puzzled me….so I continued to investigate further.

Eventually through reading the teachings of many reflexology masters, I discovered that much like we are all different and unique in our physical size and shape – so too is our own reflexology map.

Example: We each have two lungs and two kidneys. However the size and exact location of these organs – may be slightly different.

Since this discovery, in my own practice, I use the foot map as a definite guideline during my sessions, but also keep in mind that some “specific” points (such as the pituitary, pineal, adrenal, testes and ovary glands) may be slightly shifted. So I work a “wider area” – knowing that I will affect them. 

The best way to try this out on your own – is to pick an area that you would like to focus on, find it on the foot map, and see if you feel a reaction. If not, move your thumb around a bit, and gently press and release until you feel something either on the reflex point or within your body (or both) You can use any finger that feels comfortable for you, but the thumb, having more strength, seems to work best. 

You can also wait until you have a physical concern (such as sinus issues) – find the reflex points for the sinuses – and then press them a few times. Don’t be surprised if they POP and start to drain. I use this point alot during allergy season.

The foot map that I have included with this post is only a map of the soles of the feet. So keep in mind that reflex points are also found on the sides and tops as well.  Much can be achieved using the soles of the feet, but to get a complete view, please visit the foot map page.

Begin to think of the foot map as a “compass” that will guide your body when it feels “lost” – by recycling and rejuvenating the “whole”. Make an appointment with a reflexologist in your area (Find A Practitioner Link) to get a feel for a professional session and then continue the process on your own. I guarantee…. you’ll will be AMAZED at how effective foot reflexology can be.

The feet are a very powerful tool in staying well.  So put your best foot forward……and follow the map!

Be well

Book recommendations:

“Healing yourself with Foot Reflexology” – Mildred Carter/Tammy Weber

“The Complete Guide to Foot Reflexology” – Kevin and Barbara Kunz

“The New Reflexology” – Inge Dougans