Foot Reflexology for Sleep

During our recent Sleep With The Experts webinar series we heard from Geraldine Gallagher about the Dantien point.

Today I’m going to speak about the Bubbling Well point and how you can massage it to help you fall asleep.

The Bubbling Well is a balance, weight, and energetic point located in the sole of the foot, slightly in front of the arch and centered from side to side. In the meridian system it is the same as the Kidney 1 point.

The point has various names, Yong Quan, Kidney 1, Gushing Spring, Jing Well Point on the Kidney Channel, Wood Point on the Water meridian.

Its location is on the sole of the foot, between the second and third metatarsal bones, one-third of the distance from the webs of the toes to the heel.

Here is a good diagram of the Kidney Meridian and where it is on the sole of the foot.

http://www.acupuncture-services.com/basic-theory/acupuncture/kidney-1-body-mind-and-spirit-acupuncture-poi.php

Press on the Bubbling Well point in the middle of each foot

Pressing on this point with moderate pressure for 30-60 seconds helps to strengthen the kidneys and thus the water chi of the body.

The Chinese believe it cools the heart fire energy calming down the mind and helping you to fall asleep.

This point is very effective and can sometimes result in sleep as little as 30 seconds later.

The “three treasures” are the Bubbling Well, the Tan T’ien (Dantien) and the Crown of the Head.

The Chinese names of these are Shen, Chi and Ching.  They represent the head/spirit, the breath (Tan T’ien or Dantien) and Essence (the pelvic centre and energetic foundation). It’s these three treasures that are involved with the superior person in the Chinese culture who Thinks, Feels and Does the same thing.

Don’t get the point confused with foot reflexology charts that show the kidney in a different spot on the sole of the foot.  This is a different map (shown below)..

But it might convince you, looking at all those reflexology points, that while you are applying pressure to the Bubbling Well point, there might be other points on your feet that might enjoy a massage.

So go ahead, and give your whole foot a massage while you’re there, to inform other parts of your body before sleep as well.

It’s not necessary to massage hard, just recognize the point(s) and spend some time there.

Just wash your feet in preparation, and use some olive oi from the kitchen if you do not have witch hazel and massage oil with you at the moment.

Note the difference between the Bubbling Well point on the kidney meridian and the kidney area shown below.  Don’t be confused by the two points.
The kidney area here is not the Bubbling Well Point

The kidney area here is not the Bubbling Well Point

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