How to Apply Reflexology to the Ears

Ear reflexology is not as well-known as foot or hand reflexology, but it is just as effective for relieving stress and pain. Application of ear reflexology is fast and easy. It is ideal to use when other health conditions make the more traditional reflex therapies unsuitable because of cuts, scrapes or other more serious injuries.


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    Consult your ear reflexology chart to find reflex points for any particularly issue you are experiencing so you can be sure to concentrate on those points during your session.
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    Sit in a comfortable chair in a quiet room.
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    Pull your hair back if it is long or if it will interfere with your ear reflexology. Secure it with a clip or ponytail holder to keep it out of the way.
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    Start with your ear lobes of both ears. Squeeze the lobes lightly and pull them down - just a gentle tug downward, don’t pull so hard you experience pain.
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    Trace the outer edge of your ears up and around. Repeat this motion several times.
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    Identify sensitive areas on your ears, if any. Pay attention to any place on your ear that feels tender, sore or painful when you press or squeeze it.
    • Consult your ear reflexology chart if you aren't sure of the corresponding area for a particular sore point. It isn't necessary, of course, to know the correlation, but it could be interesting and enlightening. For example, if your reflex point for your bladder is tender, you may be in the beginning stages of a bladder infection without knowing it. You could then take preventative measures to head off the bladder infection.
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    Begin at the top of your right ear and slowly work you thumb and forefinger along the outer edges, continuing to the end of your earlobe. Apply pressure on the outer edge of your ear by gently squeezing and releasing every point along the ear. For best results, repeat this procedure at least five times. Go slowly and hold the pressure for at least five seconds before inching down to the next spot.
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    Repeat this process on your left ear.
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    Work the inner crevices of your ear, if desired, since there are many reflex points there as well. Professional ear reflexologists usually use a small, blunt stick to work those points because fingers are often too large to pinpoint a reflex.


  • Ear Reflexology is beneficial in many ways, but the most notable is for the instant relief of pain. Chinese reflexologists have found it most beneficial for treating infections, lowering blood pressure and balancing hormones.
  • As easy as ear reflexology is to self-administer, it is just as easy to apply ear reflexology to your friends or family members. Just have them sit or lie down in a comfortable position.
  • There are nerve endings all over your ears, so a thorough ear reflexology session is very likely to stimulate all of the areas of the body, even if you aren't sure you have touched upon every point.
  • Young children are especially receptive to having their outer ears worked on. Most children find it very relaxing and calming.
  • Unlike traditional foot and hand reflexology, where the left foot and hand represent the left side of the body and the right foot and hand represent the right side of the body, each ear represents the whole body, so only one ear is worked on at a time.


  • You can use a small, blunt reflexology tool to apply pressure to the inner ear reflex points, but be sure the object is not pointed and that you don’t insert it into your ear canal.
  • The points for ear reflexology are similar to, but not identical to, the points for auricular therapy, which is more commonly known as ear acupuncture and shouldn't be confused with reflexology. Acupuncture is applied to the auricular points with tiny, thin needles.

Things You’ll Need

  • Ear reflexology chart
  • Blunt stick (optional)

Sources and Citations

  • Gillanders, Ann. The Busy Person’s Guide to Reflexology: Simple Routines for Home, Work, & Travel. Barron’s, New York, 2002

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