Acupressure Self Care Slide Show:
Self Care Acupressure can benefit sore, dry, and tired eyes. Acupressure points can relieve pressure around the eyes and lessen eye irritation. Start this acupressure routine by washing your hands and lightly holding each point for at least a minute. Close your eyes as you hold the points, breath deeply, and relax your shoulders. Believe in your ability to change!
Bladder 2: Collecting Bamboo
Location: A finger width above the inner corner of the eye, at the eyebrow
Stomach 2: Four Whites & Stomach 3: Facial Beauty
Location: St 2 is located at the top of the cheekbone and St 3 is at the bottom of the cheekbone. Both are in line with the pupil of the eye.
GallBladder 1: Eye Bone
Location: A finger width away from the outer corner of the eye in a hollow
Although for many people Labor Day marks the end of Summer, the warm Summer weather continues in California during the month of September. In Chinese Medicine and 5 Element Theory the late Summer time is associated with the Earth Element. This is the harvest time. The time when the gardens are at their most bountiful. If the gardener has been planting, watering, fertilizing, weeding, with good care and attention, the garden will create a harvest to last throughout the year.
The 5 Element system is based on the idea that humanity is a part of nature, not separate from it. Everything that is in nature, is also within us. The idea of a harvest continues as a metaphor that within each of us there is a garden, and we are the gardener of our life. Just as a gardener tends to the garden, we can tend to our life to create happiness.
I have found the best way for me to nourish and attend to my garden is to pay attention to myself. The question “What do I need right now to take the best care of myself” is a question I often to pose to myself. Do you every feel like your focus is being taken many directions at once? With my cell phone and computer alerting me with notifications, it feels as if technology is asking me to be a multitasker! Then there is my own addictive call to jump to another thought, as if my task at hand is not important enough to have my full attention!
Many times, I find I can tend to the garden of my life by drawing my focus and attention to one activity. I feel calmer and more prepared when I focus on one thing, such as a conversation with a friend, I feel I can be present for their needs and concerns and have a more meaningful conversation. Even while doing the dishes, when I find myself bringing my full attention to the task, I do not break the dishes! I also find being able to focus on my needs creates less comparisons and competitions between me and others, because my attention is gathered on myself rather than others.
The Earth Element is about being grounded in who you are so that you can be confident with others. When there is harvest growing with love and acceptance there is more to share with people. In my life, this has meant gathering my attention inward so that I am strong in who I am. Then, I feel my metaphorical garden is blooming with life.
If your life was a vegetable garden, what would you need to create a great harvest? What could you give yourself so that you nourish the being of who you are? Can you visualize your life overflowing with abundance from your harvest? This is a great time of the year to make of a list of all the things that would nourish you so that you are relaxed, content, and self-confident.
Learn more about how to have Self-Confidence, be Grounded, and see all the Abundance in life at my next Acupressure Workshop! Saturday September 16 th at Kris Shevlin’s Studio Sacramento
Acupressure Self Care Slide Show:
Self Care Acupressure has taught me it is part of life to feel emotions. This month's acupressure routine is about balancing the emotion of anger, so that you can express it constructively and effectively. Take 5 minutes to practice this routine now, so that you can handle situations that bring up anger in the future. Hold each point with steady pressure. Take deep breaths. Breath into your fingers holding the points. The emotion of anger is about movement. How can you transform anger into a positive force for change? Don't force anything that is not there. Breath. Watch. Feel. Trust in your Strength.
Liver 14: Gate of Hope
Location: In the intercostal space between the 6th and 7th ribs
Kidney 24 - 27: Lively Center, Spirit Storehouse, Spirit Burial Grounds, Store House
Location: K 27 is located between the clavicle and the first rib, close to the mid-line of the body. K 24-26 are in between the ribs in the intercostal spaces below K 27.
Conception Vessel 17: Sea of Tranquility
Location: In the center of the chest, on the sternum
Acupressure Self Care Slide Show:
Open to Happiness
Self-Care Acupressure to Open to Joy! Hold each point for 1-3 minutes, with steady pressure and deep relaxing breaths. Listen to your Heart. Inhale Happiness, Contentment, Serenity, Exhale Anxiety, Sadness, Grief. Believe in Your Ability to Change. There is Power in your breath and energy in your hands!
Lung 1: Letting Go
Location: Outer part of the chest, three finger width below the collarbone
Triple Warmer 5: Outer Gate
Location: Two fingers width below the center of the outer wrist crease, towards the elbow
Pericardium 6: Inner Gate
Location: Two fingers width below the inner wrist crease, towards the elbow
Acupressure Self-Care Slide Show: Detox from Negativity
Learn One Acupressure Point, Large Intestine 11 to Help Relieve Shoulder, Arm, Elbow, and Wrist Pain. Large Intestine 11 also helps ease constipation, eczema, helps recover from colds and flu, boosts immunity, let go of negativity, and open to more creativity in life!
All these benefits by holding one acupressure point on your elbow! Breath, relax, and open to all the possibilities in your life!
We are now in the Late Summer time of year, which in Chinese Medicine is associated with the Earth Element. The gardens have given fruits and vegetables in abundance and now it is time to can, freeze, or dehydrate them. This often called the harvest time because we harvest the food to sustain us all year long.
Just as Mother Nature provides the vegetable harvest, SHE also provides warm sunny days for us to “harvest” our happy times of Summer. This is the time to experience the pleasures of Summer, hiking, swimming, camping, traveling, or whatever you enjoy during this season. The Earth Element is about digestion, not only physical digestion, but the digestion of thoughts, feelings, and experiences. You can balance your Earth Element, by taking in the sunshine and longer days of Summer, and noticing how the Summer makes you feel. There is no need to force anything, but when you feel good, notice what it feels like to feel good!
One of my favorite Summer time activities is simply sitting outside and watching nature. I like to let my mind relax notice the sounds, scents, and movement around me. It reminds me of my childhood, because I spent a lot of time alone playing outside. For me, in these moments, my stresses drift away and I feel a connection to the beauty around me.
In any way that feels appropriate for you, invite into your life the happiness of Summer. Even in some of my darkest moments, I have found solace in the vibrancy of flowers blooming and the wind in the trees. A simple pleasure during this time of year, is to go outside and feel the sun on your skin, your breath moving, your heart beating. Be authentic to what brings you peace, joy or positivity.
As we move into the rhythm of Late Summer, what would you like to do before we move into Fall? Is there a Summer time activity you did as a child that you would like to do now? Is there a place in nature you would like to visit or family you would like to see? Would you enjoy 5 minute fresh air break, to notice, feel, and digest this Summer time air?
In my next Acupressure Workshop on Saturday September 16th at Kris Shevlin’s Studio, we will explore this idea of creating a “harvest” within ourselves so that we can step into the world as our best, most confident self! Purchase presale tickets at squareup.com/store/acuyogini
Acupressure-Massage Therapist and Gentle Yoga Teacher. Student and Teacher of Meridian Theory and 5 Element Theory.