How are you doing body wise? Ever get a headache around your temples? Want to know what you can do to abate the headache with reflexology?

A temple headache can involve a gallbladder meridian imbalance. This meridian passes through the temple area where temple headaches manifest. Pressing on the gall bladder reflex on the bottom of the feet is one way to assess and address this type of headache.

Katie Mickey

You can find the gall bladder reflex by taking the right foot into your hands and pressing into the outer, upper arch of the foot about a finger width below the ball of the foot in line with the fourth toe. If there is a ball bladder-meridian imbalance, chances are you will find tenderness in that area. You can also check the gall bladder meridian on the top of the foot between the fourth and fifth metatarsal bones. If you find tenderness there, chances are there is congestion in the gall bladder meridian that is giving rise to pain farther up the channel in the temple area of the head.

Reflexology’s approach to alleviating the pain in the temples involves pressing on the places that are sore on the feet such as the gall bladder reflex, coupled with simple dietary measures that support organ function. The goal is to flush metabolic waste from the tissues of the feet, as well as from the affected organs. You can do this by massaging these tender places in your feet, pressing on a golf ball, or getting a reflexology session by a skilled practitioner. Adjunctive to receiving bodywork, drinking a master cleanse of fresh lemon juice with maple syrup and cayenne pepper in 8 ounces of water supports digestion and gall bladder function.

How common is this syndrome and how effective is this approach? In my experience, the syndrome is very common and I have been very successful in clearing temple headaches when applying these techniques. Last weekend, I shared this approach with a dozen students attending a course in reflexology. Three students out of the dozen gathered happened to have temple headaches at the start of the Friday evening class. I taught all the students to apply the techniques on each other and within five to 15 minutes the students had cleared their fellow students’ temple headaches.

I continued to instruct the same group of 12 students the following Saturday and Sunday. Each gave and received a reflexology session twice daily. By the end of the weekend, all of the students reported that they had no headaches during the course of the weekend, including the two who had chosen to give up their coffee addictions. The students were headache free. They were also free from numerous other preexisting body complaints such as irritable bowel syndrome, lower back pain, neck pain, and a swollen ankle.

In the words of Natalie Gier, “The cleansing aspect of this approach has been fantastic! I haven’t had a stomachache in three days. Generally, I get one at least once a day after I eat. I often have irritable bowel type symptoms. My elimination had been great. Also, I haven’t had my coffee in three days either. I haven’t felt like I needed it. I am like a Red Bull queen. I work as a waitress at a fast-paced restaurant where I need to be on. The benefits of the work are amazing—no coffee and no headache!”

Another former coffee drinker and student of the Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute, Kaile Larson, reported, “I haven’t had coffee all weekend and I’ve had no headache. I usually drink coffee three times a day and I get the jitters when I try to go off and that hasn’t happened. Instead, I feel great.”

The Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute will offer a free introduction to reflexology and stress management on September 16. For more information, visit or call 966-5802.


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