Pericardium 6 Calms Mind & Relieves AnxietyBenefits: Pericadium 6 calms the mind and relieves anxiety. It is a popular acupressure point for reducing insomnia. You might want to try it the next time you’re lying awake. This point is also used to help relieve nausea, motion sickness, and headaches.

Location:  Between the tendons on the inside of the arm, three finger widths above the wrist crease closest to the palm.

Technique:  Apply acupressure using the tip of your thumb, angled downward toward the middle finger, at the same time support your wrist and lower arm with the fingers of the same hand. Move the thumb with a tiny circular pulsing motion, for two to three minutes. Repeat for the other arm.

 

The thumbs and little toes are often the most sensitive digits to jumper-cable according to the teaching guidebook ‘The Touch of Healing’ by Alice Burmeister with Tom Monte.  We continue to explore Jin Shin Jyutsu® jumper-cabling technique called the thumb and little toe sequence.

thumb & little finger sequence

What to know about the thumbs: Thumbs dissipate general daily fatigue and promote healthy digestive function. We can release tension from the head, shoulders, and lungs by jumper-cabling either one.

 

thumb & little toe sequence

What to know about the little toes: We can release tension from the back, strengthen the kidney and bladder functions by jumper-cabling the little toes.

 

These thumb & little toe sequences can be used whenever you find yourself thinking or experiencing any of the following: 1. I’m out of balance. 2. I feel nervous. 3. I have muscle spasms. 4. I tire easily. 5.I have a fever. 6. I have a hard time breathing. 7. My digestive system is out of balance. 8. I feel mentally stressed. (Practice this technique as shown in illustrations for 1-2 minutes using either left or right hand and foot or both.)

harmonizing energy attitudes through fingers

Jin Shin Jyutsu® teaches a practice called cable-jumping to help move our energy flow through disharmony which is indicated in the illustration above.  Each finger corresponds to a specific emotion or attitude.  This exercise only takes 1-2 minutes on thumb and each finger.  Below is the order starting with either thumb, jumper-cabling it lightly with opposite fingers (each attitude finger is cable-jumped using the fingers not the palm):

1. Thumb (balance): Attitude-worry, organs associated-Spleen, Stomach

thumb holds worry

 2.  Ring finger (rhythm/harmony) :  Attitude-grief, organs associated-Lung, Large Intestine

ring finger holds grief

3.  Middle finger ( inner harmony):  Attitude-Anger, organs associated-liver, Gallbladder

middle finger is anger

4. Index finger (freedom/fluidity):  Attitude-Fear, organs kidney, bladder

index finger fear

 5.  Little finger (intuitive knowledge):  Attitude-trying to-pretense

little finger intuitive

Great you now can start on the other fingers if time permits. Tomorrow we will look at the palm (nourish everything).

gall bladder 13-15 helps eye & head issues

The diagram shows the Gall Bladder Meridian acupoints 13-15 on the right side.  These points will be also on the left side.

Technique starting on forehead with GB 14

Locate the points on both sides of the forehead simultaneously using the middle or index fingers.  Place thumbs on temples and rest your bent fingers on the side of face.  Apply acupressure angling slightly upwards towards the hairline.  Benefits:  Reduces twitching of eyelids and improves vision.  Treats eyes that water when included with GB 15.

Technique for GB 15

Locate the points above the midpoint of the eyebrows, 1 finger width within the hairline using the middle or index fingers.  Place the thumbs on temples for support and bent fingers can on forehead.  Apply pressure perpendicularly against the skull on both sides.  Benefits: Reduces eye watering, especially when exposed to wind, and improves blurred vision.

Technique for GB 13

Locate the points directly in line with GB 15 within the hairline using the middle or index fingers. Place the thumbs on the temples for support and bent fingers can rest on forehead.  Apply pressure perpendicularly against the skull on both sides.  Benefits:  Reduces dizziness, vertigo, headache and insomnia.

 

Acupressure by Jacqueline Young

Acupressure Simple Steps to Health by Jacqueline Young was originally published in 1994. My copy is the 2001 edition. Jacqueline Young is a practitioner of Oriental medicine who spent many years training and working in the Far East. She now teaches, lectures, and writes about traditional health techniques and natural therapies.

I enjoy experimenting and sharing with clients the benefits of acupressure..  Acupressure can open the flow of energy that is currently disrupted and help bring the body back to balance.  I refer to this book because it is so easy to follow and understand the techniques used for designated treatments.  If you have a strong interest in learning more about acupressure, I highly recommend shopping your local Half Price Book Store for a copy.

Pericardium 8 - mental calmessThe following information on Pericardium 8 Acupoint is covered in Jacqueline Young’s book Acupressure Simple Steps to Health:

Location: In the middle of the palm between the bones leading to the index and middle fingers.  Can also be located by bending the middle finger inwards until it touches the palm.

Technique: Support the palm with the fingers of the opposite hand and acupoint with the with the thumb.  Apply acupressure angled slightly towards the middle finger.  Repeat on opposite palm.

Benefits:  Calms the mind and reduces mental agitation.

LU11 mental calming & clarity

The LU 11 Acupressure is very effective in calming agitation and restoring mental clarity.  It can reduce dizziness, body temperature, and help with breathing problems. You find LU 11 on the outside edge of the thumb at the cuticle, which is the final point along the Lung Meridian.   Support the thumb in the fingers of the opposite hand and apply Acupressure using the nail of the opposite thumb (or by using the eraser end of a pencil) on Acupoint LU 11 for about three minutes.  Repeat on the other hand.  More tomorrow on calming the mind and reducing mental agitation covered in Jacqueline Young’s book Acupressure Simple Steps to Health.

 

 

chi exercise the monkey dance

Here is a fun relaxation technique to increase your Chi energy by doing the following Monkey Dance exercise:

START by standing up with unlocked knees, rounded back and the upper part of the body relaxed.  Remember you are imitating a monkey.

NEXT start to make your body shake slightly with no effort.  This movement comes from the heels.  Try to create an inner vibration that releases tensions from all parts of the body: back, shoulders, arms, hands, face, brain….shake and release tensions.

MOVE your weight from one side to the other.  Try different angles, which will help release the tension in different areas.

ADD SOUND if you feel like it.  Monkey’s are great at “aaahh… aaahh…aaaahhhh…aaaahhhh”…the sound comes out with no effort from the deepest parts of their body.

 

chi exercise the monkey danceNOW IMAGINE the body is full of water and feel how the vibrations move this water and makes it flow easily.  Try to hear the noise of the flowing water in the body and have fun like a kid. Try making the sound of the water jiggling around in your monkey body. What does it sound like?

This relaxation technique is also a great way to balance your body and mind.  I doubt if you have seen many stressed out monkeys.  So keep on shaking and releasing all that bottled up tension.

OUR HATS OF TO THE MONKEYS. 

 

 

First lets review Chi (pronounced chee and also spelled qi or ch’i). It is the life giving, vital energy that unites body, mind, and spirit. Simon G.Brown states in his book, Chi Energy Workbook: ”Imagine the flow of Chi as a radiating energy ‘field’ that runs through you and around you transporting thoughts, beliefs, and emotions, but mixing in with other dynamic influences around you as well.”

conception vessel 6 for chi functions

By applying acupressure to Conception Vessel 6 (CV6), this can help regulate the Chi functions and Chi circulation in your body. This is one of the most empowering acupressure points on the body. Location: Two finger widths below the navel (see above illustration).  Technique: Using the middle finger, apply pressure perpendicularly and use gentle rotating movements with the fingertip. Benefits: 1.  Develops vitality, strengthens immune system, urinary system, benefits kidneys, and sexual reproductive system; 2. Good for relieving stomachache, abdominal cramping, gas, irritable bowel syndrome, and menstrual cramp; 3. For constipation press CV6 two or three times a day to relieve or prevent constipation and irritable bowel (also include deep breathing); 4. Good for emotional stability, deepening spiritual awareness, sense of self, used for self-abuse, addictive behavior, and co-dependency issues. I generally do not include this many attributes for an acupressure point, but today it seemed appropriate to cover the majority.

kidney meridian acupoint K-27Jump start your energy system and get the energy flowing by tapping or massaging the kidney points (K-27) sometimes referred to as the energy buttons. This is how to boost your natural energies and reset your electro-magnetic body.   You can find the K-27 by placing fingers on both sides of collarbone.  Then slide finger toward center and find bumps where they stop.  Move fingers down about an inch where there is a slight indent on most people. These points might feel sore to touch.

K-27 Exercise:  First  cross your hands using  your right index and middle fingers to stimulate the left K-27, and your left index and middle fingers to stimulate the right K-27.  Start tapping or massaging gently both K-27 points at the same time while breathing deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth.  Continue for about twenty seconds. If these energy buttons are sore, it is an indication they need attention as this is where stress hormones accumulate.  You can gently massage these points throughout the day to revive the body.