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Chapman’s Reflexes (a.k.a. the Neuro-Lymphatic Drainage Points in Touch for Health)
Chapman’s reflexes are a set of points on the body, which, when stimulated and held, have been found to encourage the drainage of lymphatic fluids from certain regions of the body. So doing appears to relax the involved nerves that are strangling the lymphatic downspouts – or the lymph return channels in the body (the body’s watershed).
This is a hands-on self-therapy for the stress-contracted lymph downspouts. When this drainage is impaired, we accumulate fluid (gain weight); we are stiff and sore, and with time we have joint problems. Chapman found that stimulation (rubbing/massaging, etc.) with firm pressure, would reduce and eventually remove pain and soreness in those areas indicated on the chart. Refer to my hand-drawn Chapman chart to identify which points drain which areas of the body. I have found through experimentation that there are other points that are useful as well, which we may have found at your appointment.
How-to’s: First of all, NONE of these points (Chapman points) on the body should be tender – but if you are reading this for the first time and try this – many of them will be. This is especially true for those with pain and swelling. The best place to begin is the upper chest area as these points are closest to the main drainage channels.
Begin by palpating the area to locate the most tender spot or what I like to call the epicenter of the pain. (Palpate means to slowly, with care press the area with the finger pads to determine its state.) The exact right spot, when palpated produces a stinging sensation. I tell my clients to look for the ‘bee sting on the bone’. The location on my hand-drawn chart of the Chapman reflexes is approximate. Palpate to find your exact spot. It is normally found on the top or the side of a bone. Stimulate the spot for about 1 minute with the amount of pressure that is tolerable (these points are normally very tender). Then reduce the pressure and HOLD it until a gentle pulsing sensation develops under the fingers (may take up to 5 minutes of gentle holding). Two bilateral points can be done at the same time – one with each hand. When holding 2 Chapman reflexes simultaneously, continue holding until the pulsations under each are in sync. With daily application, the soreness of these points is reduced and the lymph in the associated areas can drain.
Think of the downspouts of your house. When they are clogged with debris, rain overflows the gutters. In our body, the overflow collects in the tissue and causes soreness, swelling and in the extreme, weight gain. If you were to increase the diameter of the downspouts, the rain AND the debris would flow through the downspouts. Stimulating the Chapman reflexes opens the downspouts that were contracted or pinched off – usually as a result of stress, an emotional shock or a physical trauma.
If, after embarking on any lymphatic drainage technique, you detect any nausea, abdominal discomfort on the right hand side under the ribs (liver area), or flu-type symptoms, STOP and do the Gentle Liver Cleanse for at least a month. This means the lymph you are releasing is very toxic and taxing to your already congested liver. I have seen this many times. Don’t gut-it-out. Cleanse the liver gently. Then pick up where you left off.
©Pat Block ND 2007
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