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Got physical discomforts from stress and emotional burdens? From fatigue and appetite problems to skin eruptions and ulcers, our bodies may store our distressful experiences. Spiritual, mental, and emotional ills can make us feel bad physically. Also, if we feel bad physically, it is harder to feel great emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Releasing stress and pain feels good and means less effort is required to live each hour. It takes more work to hold in pain and hurts than it does to release them. Here are three simple, portable LifeTools(sm) to help you release stress and pain, even physical pain. Finger holds and pressure points are related to acupressure, the art of using access points to the nervous system to release build-ups of discomforts.
First, gently hold and take three complete breaths on each finger and then the palm center. Start by gently grasping your left thumb with your right hand. Wrap the right fingers and thumb around your left thumb as if “hugging” it. Don’t squeeze. Pressure is not necessary or helpful. Take 3 slow, complete breaths and move to holding your left forefinger. Repeat with each finger on both hands. Also, touch your right fingertips to the left palm and take 3 slow, complete breaths, then repeat with the left fingertips to the right palm. This series will release overall stress, and it can be used to prevent jet lag.
Second, hold the thumb-forefinger web about an inch below the large knuckle of the forefinger. Hold the muscle that feels like firm tofu. Ideal for tension headaches and headaches caused by high-pollution days, this is a general pain releaser for the body. Also works for throat pain from high-pollution days.
Third, place the thumb of each hand over the ring-fingernail of the same hand, and hold as long as you like. This releases constricted breath or lessens temporary pain, such as that caused by dental drilling. Do this while jogging! Relax your hands and no one will ever notice you are doing finger poses.
If you are interested in learning more ways to use healing arts on yourself: in the Phoenix area, our next Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Classes are coming up. Part 1 will be held February 2d, from 9 am to 1 pm, and Part 2 will be February 16, from 9 am to 1 pm. The class is $100 for each part, which includes the book for that part and a laminated chart of the key points. Your payment (Cash-Check-Visa-MC-Amex) holds your place. Space is limited, so call or email now, 480-250-1177 or email@example.com.
● Kebba Buckley Button is a corporate stress management trainer and the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (on Amazon.com >Books>Buckley), and the 2012 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core (on Amazon.com >Books>Button). She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister.
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Interesting tips. I had never heard those before. I will have to give it a try.
Kebba Buckley Button said:
Scooter, thanks for visiting and commenting! Do try those finger holds–you’ll be amazed.
Kate L Williams said:
Just in time for a long plane journey, Kebba. I practiced as I read and will practice this weekend in preparation. I hope to prove you right and reduce the effects of jet lag. Thanks for this stress reducing practice.
Kebba Buckley Button said:
Kate, thanks so much for visiting, commenting, and trying the techniques! On a plane, don’t worry about what finger you were on when they brought you your drink. Just go back to whichever finger interests you, and do 3 breaths while gently hugging that finger. And do let me know what you experience?