Ear massage triggers the release of the body’s natural painkillers, endorphins. Studies have demonstrated that Ear massage increases levels of endorphins in both the blood and cerebrospinal fluid
The ear contains more than two hundred pressure points that influence different areas of the body and the psyche.
The ancient Chinese referred to this point as Shen Men or “The Gate of Heaven.” Shen Men is a anti-stress point that decreases stress, boosts energy flow, and strengthens the overall health of the body.
This acupressure point also reduces inflammation and can relieve pain in almost every part of the body. It is located in the centre of the upper third of the ear.
Ear acupuncture is used throughout the world to assist in the detoxification of addictive substances, manage pain and calm anxiety.
Here is a great ear massage that you can do for yourself or your loved ones:
1. Rub in small circular motions with your thumbs inside the widest upper part inside the ears, holding them from outside with the index and middle fingers.
2. Use your index finger to massage inside the smaller crevices if your thumbs don't fit and along the front of your ear where it attaches to the head.
3. Massage the earlobes by gently pulling them down and making circles with your thumb and index finger.
To enhance these acupressure and reflexology for anxiety techniques, it is highly recommended that you also do breathing exercises every day. Slow, deep breathing plus acupressure and reflexology combine to form a highly effective self therapy for emotional stress, tension, anxiety and nervousness.
Here are some great Breathing exercises and Meditations:Controlled Breathing and Five-Finger Exercise
Qigong Breathing and Qigong for Relaxation
Breathing Meditation to Balance your Emotions
My favorite Meditation for Self-Healing by Yogi Bhajan
Breathing exercise to overcome all of your physical shortcomings
Also try Bliss Meditation
Meditation to receive Universal Love
Chinese Exercises and Herbs to ease Depression
How to find and massage the Kidney Point
Qigong Meditation: Small Circulation
Livelight ~ Yoga and Meditation Music
Wuji Qigong Meditation
Spring Forest Qigong - Small Universe - Meditation
Three Treasures Qigong Healing Meditation
Qigong Meditation: Embryonic Breathing
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