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.


This is the last of the series of the Jin Shin Jyutsu® 8 finger poses described by Alice Burmeister with Tom Monte in their book The Touch of Healing. Today we will cover both Finger Pose 7 & 8 which stated in the book helps bring harmony to the total being.

finger pose 7 exhaling the dirt dust and grime

Finger Pose 7 aids in releasing general daily tension and stress from the head, lungs, digestive functions, abdomen, and legs. it also strengthens the ability to exhale and unloads any accumulated dirt, dust, and greasy grime.

Technique:  Touch the palm sides of the left and right middle fingers in the folded hands position (as shown in illustration). 

 Finger Pose 7 inhaling the purified breath of life

This last Finger Pose 8 helps to release the tension in the back and promotes an overall feeling of well-being.  It also strengthens our ability to inhale and receive the purified breath of life.

Technique:  Bring the left and right middle fingernails together (see illustration). Hold these positions for several minutes and whenever you feel a need for improving exhaling or inhaling for body, mind, and spirit harmony.

(Watch for future posts on Jin Shin Jyutsu® hand and feet sequences that address disharmonies affecting body, mind, and spirit.)


finger pose t breathing freely

Finger Pose 6 strengthens the respiratory function and helps balance all ear-related problems. This pose can help us breathe more easily while walking, jogging, running or exercising.  Jin Shin Jyutsu® Finger Pose 6 as mentioned in the book The Touch of Healing by Alice Burmeister with Tom Monte also can be used when flying or driving in high altitudes.

Use Mudra Finger Pose 6 with any of the following physical or emotional conditions:  1. My skin condition is terrible. 2. I feel rejected and unloved and get teary easily. 3. I’m all thumbs. I’m clumsy. 4. I’ve lost all of my common sense. 5. My ears are bothering me.

Technique: Touch the right ring fingernail with the palm side of the thumb and hold for several minutes. Reverse for left ring finger and thumb.

(Tomorrow Finger Poses 7 & 8 helps bring harmony to the total being)


finger pose 5 total revitalizationIn the book The Touch of Healing the authors, Alice Burmeister with Tom Monte, state Jin Shin Jyutsu® Finger Pose 5 aids in the revitalization of all bodily functions and releases those blockages that are responsible for daily fatigue. The Finger Pose 5 mudras also assists in overcoming any of the following conditions: 1. I always have an uneasy feeling. 2. Nothing seems to be wrong with me, but I get tired all the time. 3. My complexion is terrible. 4. I’m tempermental-I just can’t help it. 5. I have an uncontrollable craving for sweets.

Technique:  Makes a circle with the right middle finger and thumb by placing the palm side of the thumb on the middle fingernail.  Next slip the left thumb between the circle of the right thumb and middle finger. (See illustration above.)  When complete reverse for the right side.

(Tomorrow we will look at Finger Pose 6:  Breathing Freely)

finger pose 4 releasing general daily fatigueJin Shin Jyutsu® Finger Pose 4 aids in releasing the fatigue, tension, and stress that can build up during one’s day It assists in the release of worries, fears, and anger. This mudra pose can be used to ease the following mental or physical difficulties: 1. I get so tired. 2. I feel insecure about everything – my health, my wealth, my happiness. 3.  I’m beginning to feel old and look old. 4. I get irritated and angry over nothing. 5. I worry about everything.

Technique:  Hold the back of the left thumb, index, and middle fingers with the right thumb. Place the rest of the right fingers on the palm side of the left thumb, index, and middle fingers. Hold this position lightly for several minutes or longer and then complete this technique for the right thumb and fingers.

(This information is taken from The Touch of Healing by Alice Burmeister with Tom Monte.  We will continue tomorrow with Finger Pose 5).

Finger pose 3 calming/revitalizing

Zin Shin Jyutsu® Pose 3 is for calming the body, releasing nervous tension and stress, and revitalizing all organ functions as described in The Touch of Healing by Alice Burmeister with Tom Monte.

This pose can also be used whenever you feel any of the following states of mind or physical symptoms: 1. I get so nervous.  2. I worry about my heart.  3. I can’t walk too long without getting out of breath.  4. I’m always ‘trying-to’.  5. I get so depressed. I have no fun.

Technique:  Hold the palm side of the left little and ring fingers with the right thumb.  Place the other right fingers on the back of the left little and ring fingers (as shown).  Hold this pose lightly and as long as you desire.  Remember to reverse technique for the right fingers.


mudra finger pose 2 inhaling abundance

Continuing with Zin Shin Jyutsu® Finger Pose 2, described in The Touch of Healing by Alice Burmeister with Tom Monte, hold the back of the left middle finger lightly with the right thumb.  Place the other fingers of the right hand on the palm side of the left middle finger as shown above. Finger Pose 2 promotes easier Breath of Life inhaling which is our source of abundance.  It is optional how long to hold this pose followed by reversing the pose to the right middle finger.

The authors write this mudra pose can be used to alleviate the following mental or physical concerns: 1. I can’t ‘take’ a deep breath. 2. I’m getting hard of hearing. 3. My feet are bothering me.  4.  I’m not as alert as I used to be.  5.  My eyes are bothering me.

(Tomorrow – Finger Pose 3:  Calming and Revitalizing)

finger pose 1: exhaling burdens/blockages

First I want to thank a colleague for practicing with me the 8 finger mudra poses from the book The Touch of Healing by Alice Burmeister with Tom Monte to experience the healing vibration before covering them in BWB.  We were both very amazed at the vibrational energy felt and how it moved to appropriate and different areas on both of us.

Start: by holding the palm side of left middle finger lightly with right thumb placing the rest of the right fingers on the back side of left middle finger.  This pose aids in releasing generalized tension and stress head to toe.  It helps with exhaling harmful stagnation and blockages of energy.  One can spend as little as a few minutes practicing finger pose 1 mudra on left middle finger then repeat pose 1 mudra on right middle finger.

The authors recommend this mudra can also be used with any of the following concerns: 1. I can’t see well.  2. I have a hard time exhaling. 3. I get frustrated.  4. I’m tired all the time. &  5. I have trouble making up my mind – I’m a procrastinator.

Please go to BWB’s Search if you are interested in reading more posts covering Jin Shin Jyutsu® from The Touch of Healing. (Tomorrow-Finger Pose 2:  Inhaling the Abundance.)

kidney 3 hormonal balance & more

Kidney 3 Benefits:  Is one of the most important acupoints for promoting good hormonal balance besides strengthening the vital energy of kidneys, adrenals, urinary bladder, and gynaecological organs.  This can help regulate menses and prevent menstrual problems.  K-3 acupressure can also relieve insomnia, asthma, sore throats, ear problems, toothache, and low back pains.

Location:  On the inside of the ankle in the depression halfway between the ankle bone and the back of the ankle.

Technique:  Place the fingers of opposite hand behind the ankle for support and locate  K3 point with thumb. Apply pressure perpendicularly for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, using sustained pressure or small rotations angled slightly upwards.  Continue working on the other ankle’s K-3 acupoint.

Contraindications:  Strong pressure should be avoided during pregnancy.  Also no acupressure used when person is under the influence of alcohol or non-medicinal drugs.  Great care taken if person is extremely weak, sensitive or fatigued.

K3 hormonal balance & more

 Consider adding K3 acupressure to your self-healing tool kit!