Lung 5 Relieves Cought & Lung Constriction

Author Jacqueline Young teaches the following acupressure Lung 5 treatment in her book Acupressure Simple Steps to Health:

Location:  (See location on diagram). The Lung 5 acupoint is located on the inside of the elbow at the tendons outer edge in the hollow crease where the elbow is slightly bent.

Technique:  Support the elbow in the fingers of the opposite hand and locate the acupoint with the thumb.  Apply acupressure perpendicularly and repeat on opposite arm.

Benefits:  Using acupressure on Lung 5 clears heat from the lungs, unblocks fluid congestion in lungs, treats coughing, asthma and colds.

 

 

 

thumb-walk spinal reflex on thumbs

Yesterday we looked at treating the chakras with reflexology on the feet which is covered in the book The Reflexology Manual, by Pauline Wills.  The author recommends to immediately follow by treating the spinal reflex on the thumbs. The spinal reflex lies on the medial edge of the hand from the base of thumbnail to crease of wrist.

Lets first study the thumb-walking technique.  The working thumb is bent at the first joint with the outer edge of the tip of thumb making contact and is positioned as to prevent the nail from being pressed into the reflex location. (Ladies this does require shorter nails.) thumb-walking spinal reflex on hands

Step 1 – Thumb-Walking Spinal Reflex on the Right Hand

Start the spinal reflex thumb-walking at the base of the thumb nail. The pressure is applied only by the thumb not by any of the supporting fingers. Imagine the thumb is taking tiny steps towards the wrist.  There is pressure applied with each step, then pull back without loosing contact. Again take one step forward, press, and pull back.

Step 2 – Thumb-Walking Spinal Reflex on the Left Hand

Start thumb-walking the spinal reflex at the crease of the wrist and move slowly up to the base of the finger nail. This is an amazing treatment for keeping the chakras balanced.thumb-walking spinal reflex hands

foot reflexology for the feet

In Pauline Wills book, The Reflexology Manual – An Easy-to-Use Illustrated Guide to the Healing Zones of the Hands and Feet, she describes how to do a reflexology treatment on the feet or hands for the seven major chakras. Today we will look at practicing this treatment on the feet.  Please follow the diagram above for each individual chakra location. (Caution, if pregnant, please see qualified reflexologist for treatments).

foot reflexology for the chakrasBefore starting reflexology on the chakra points, lets learn more about the pivoting technique you will be using. Position thumb and finger as shown in the photo.  Use the outer edge of the thumb, press on the point and slowly and gently pivot on it, keeping your thumb in contact with the foot.

Begin with the right foot.  You will start with the crown chakra moving down to the root chakra.  Work with the pivoting technique for five to ten seconds on each chakra.  The chakras are worked in this order because energy rises from the base chakra.  Working from the crown chakra clears the pathway for the energy to rise.

Repeat treatment on left foot.

Tomorrow we will learn about the spinal reflexes treatment on the hands that the author recommends doing following the work done today with the chakra points.

 

 

big toes give new pain relieve

Did you ever think that the pain in your neck could be relieved by massaging the neck reflex point on your big toes?  Author Sky Alexander’s Reflexology Card Deck shows the following neck treatment for stiff neck, neck pain, tension, or tightness in the throat:

big toes give neck pain reliefLocation: Inside base of big toe, near where it joins the foot in the bend and next to the second toe.  This reflex point corresponds to the neck and throat.

Treatment: 1. Gently pull and manipulate one of your big toes.  Bend several times slowly.

2. Massage the lower joint with your thumb.  At the base of the big toe, walk your thumb across the bend and then continue walking the thumb slowly up the outside of the toe using a firm pressure.

3. Press your index finger or knuckle against the reflex neck point spot (x shows location in photo) for about thirty seconds.

4. Repeat the process on the other foot.

To enhance results you can use a massage oil or lotion that contains essential oils of lavender or clary sage which will help reduce tension.

 

 

Letting Go: Acupoint Lung 1

ACUPOINTS LUNG 1 (LETTING GO):

Lu 1 acupoints, are helpful when wanting to letting go of grief and emotions that are causing pain.

Lu 1 helps with fatigue, irritability and confusion. It is also effective for relieving discomforts related to the lungs: breathing, asthma and coughing.

Location: On your front body, three fingers’ width below your collarbone, next to the top of your upper arm bone. These acupoints can be tender and will require gentle pressure when beginning this exercise.letting go: acupoint lung 1

 Start:  Use your fingertips to press the Letting Go acupoints (Lu 1) at the same time. You can also rub or massage the points with a circular motion. Inhale slowly and deeply as you gradually release your finger pressure, bring your arms outward, lift your chest, and tilt your head back. Hold your breath for a few seconds to assimilate the oxygen.  Exhale as your head comes downward and your fingertips return to the Lung 1 acupressure points.  Repeat this exercise four or five more times.

letting go: acupoint Lung 1

Holding these acupoints

while you breathe deeply

can release tears and

thus free your spirit.

 

Jumper-cabling middle toes/fingers

Jumper-cabling together the middle toes and middle fingers is a general harmonizer especially for the respiratory and digestive functions. It promotes optimal and healthy production of milk for mothers who are breastfeeding.  It also helps release tension and stress from the knees.

To practice this Jin Shin Jyutsu® exercise correctly, as described in The Touch of Healing by Alice Burmeister, please check proper holding positions shown in the above illustration.  Always remember to jumper-cable both hands and feet.

 This exercise is also useful when you experience any of the following:

Jumper-Cabling Middle Toes & Fingers

• I’m angry

• I’m tired.  I look haggard.

• I bruise easily.

• I have migraines.

• My eyes are giving me problems.

jumoer-cabling middle toes & fingers• My digestion is giving me problems.

• I have speech problems.

• I have hearing problems.

• I’m always hyper-I can’t relax.

• I can’t breathe.

 

Jumper-Cabling Index Fingers/Ring ToesWhen practicing Jin Shin Jyatsu® jumper-cabling the index fingers and ring fingers, as described in the book The Touch of Healing by Alice Burmeister with Tom Monte, here are the following benefits:

Jumper-cabling Index fingers and ring toes (as shown)

•  Reduce fear and depression.

•  Release blockages that cause bloating, fluid retention, and gas.

•  Hold whenever you feel insecure, afraid, or lonely.

Jumper-Cabling Index Finger/Ring ToeJumper-cabling Index fingers (by themselves): 

•  Can affect the functions that revitalize bones and bone marrow.

•  Can help babies eliminate discomforts related to teething and drooling.

•  Promotes healing of teeth and gums.

•  Promotes healthy circulation throughout the body

jumper-cabling intex fingers/ring toes

Jumper-cabling Ring Toes (by themselves):

•  Revitalizes liver, gall bladder, spleen, pancreas, and diaphragm functions.

•  Can strengthen back and respiratory system.

 Liver3:great pouring-soothes, calms, relieves

Liver 3 (Great Pouring) is an important acupressure point for self-healing. It is a soothing point, calming the mind and relieving spasms. It subdues excess yang or stimulates stagnant energy in the liver, which helps facilitate the relief of migraines, frustration, anger, and the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.  It strengthens the liver, besides overcoming the effects of exercise, stress, strain and toxins in the body.

liver 3 great pouring soothes calms relieves

 

Here is an easy acupressure exercise:

Location: The web between the bones leading to the big toe and second toe (as shown in the pictures).  Place the fingers under the foot for support and press into the point with the thumb being careful to apply pressure in the hollow between the bones and the tendons rather than on the tendons.

There may be some tenderness.  Rub in small circles and imagine you are spreading chi (energy).  Repeat for other foot.

 energy practice foot tapping

energy practice foot tappingAnn Marie Chiasson, MD, has written a home study course called Energy Healing The Essentials of Self-Care.  Her Foot Tapping exercise is excellent for grounding your body.  The author also recommends foot tapping for restless leg syndrome, insomnia, and for foot or ankle injuries.  This is helpful for daily vitality because it opens your body up to energies coming through the legs and feet.

To prepare for this exercise:

 • Sit in chair or on the floor with bare feet or with socks on feet.

Tap all over one foot with hands (as shown top and bottom) for at least one or more minutes.

Do the same tapping on the other foot for one minute or more.

This exercise is also included in some shamanic training because it helps to fully open up the body to the vibration of the earth.

Acupressure Benefits for Sinusitis

Depending on what medical report you read, between 37 – 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis.  Today we will look at how acupressure can help relieve and open our sinuses.

To relieve your upper or frontal sinuses, locate the acupoints Urinary Bladder 2 (B 2), on the inner edge of the eyebrow above the inner corner of each eye. Apply acupressure with your thumbs or fingers pressing upwards against the bony socket above the eyes.

To open the sinuses in the cheek, use the following acupoints - Large Intestine 20 (LI 20) and Stomach 3 (St 3).  Locate LI 20 in the groove in the middle of the outside edge of the nostril.  Rest the thumbs against the jaw-bone for support and  apply acupressure, pressing gently against the bone of the nose on both sides with the middle or index fingers.  Locate St 3 on the cheek directly below the pupil of the eyes and level with the outside edge of the nostril.  Again rest thumbs against the jaw-bone for support and apply acupressure with middle or index fingers perpendicularly, pressing against the cheekbone on both sides.

It is recommended that each of these points be held for about 2 to 3 minutes. Then relax immediately afterward for longer lasting results.