The pituitary gland is responsible for releasing hormones that stimulate the adrenal glands, the thyroid glands, the ovaries and testes. The practice of applying pressure to specific zones on the hands and the bottom of the feet to stimulate specific organs is called reflexology. Using reflexology to stimulate your pituitary gland helps maintain a healthy thyroid, adrenal glands and reproductive organs.

Create a relaxing environment for the patient. It may be a comfortable chair or a bed. It needs to be any place that allows the patient to relax and provides you enough room to move around the patient.

Place the patient’s hand in the palm of your hand face up. With your other hand place their thumb in between your thumb and index finger. Apply pressure to the middle of the top the thumb directly behind the fingernail. This is a pituitary gland zone. For best results, apply pressure in an upward motion.

Move around the patient to the other hand. Repeat the process in Step 2 on that hand.

Sit at the patient’s feet. Place one of their feet into your hands.

Place the big toe between your thumb and index finger. Apply pressure and press in an upward motion. This is another pituitary reflexology zone.

Repeat the process in Step 5 on the patient’s opposite foot.


  • If the patient reports pain or tenderness rub the area until the pain subsides.

  • Use lotions and massage oils to soften the skin and relax the patient. Lavender and chamomile are relaxing ingredients to use in the lotions.

References and Resources

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