Simple Energy Management Techniques
The following techniques are based upon Traditional Chinese Medicine said, by some, to be 12,000 years old. According to some legends this knowledge was given to the people of the time by a race of extremely tall, beautiful beings.
Sadly, most of this wisdom has been lost over the centuries but the small amount of information that remains is still mind blowing.
One of the things that struck me when being taught these techniques is that we already know this information instinctively!
When we are shocked we often thump our breastbone and when we are stressed we often hold our forehead with our hands. These are both recognised techniques which are described in more detail below.
One example of this is in the book ‘Energy Medicine’ by Donna Eden where she describes being in the middle of a presentation when someone at the back of the audience had a heart attack. There were several doctors present and they rush to help, but have to admit defeat after some minutes.
At this point a young teenage boy steps forward and bites the tips of both the collapsed man's little fingers – HARD.
The man jolts back to consciousness.
When subsequently asked why he had done what he did or how he knew what to do, the teenager could not give a rational explanation! The heart meridian ends on the tips of the little fingers and he had stimulated and reset it by his intuitive actions!
Outlined below are several simple energy management techniques. Use them regularly for best effect and make them a part of your energy management repertoire.
When rubbing various areas you should always use either a thumb or 2 adjacent fingers because the fingers have alternating polarities whereas the thumb is neutral, so both fingers and thumb provide neutral touch when used in this way.
Energy management technique for stress release
There are points on the forehead above each eye and halfway between the eyebrow and hairline which relate to stress. These points can be covered with one or both hands clasping the forehead. Alternatively you can use a thumb to lightly touch one point and two fingers on the same hand to touch the other. This should ideally be coupled with the other hand covering the navel.
If you use the finger and thumb technique and give it a minute, you may start to feel pulsing in these points. This is not your circulation, but one of your energy bodies. You know when you have harmonised the energies because these pulses will fall into step and start pulsing together.
If you are stressed or have had any kind of shock or are just feeling upset or emotional this technique is the quickest and easiest way to calm down.
If you are feeling upset or emotional about an event from the past use the techniques described to stimulate the stress points on your forehead (palm or thumb and fingers) in addition to cupping the back of your skull with your other hand. Breathe deeply and let the emotion pass.
Energy management technique for the immune system
This energy management technique helps to stimulate all the body’s energies and specifically to boost the immune system.
Called the thymus tap, you simply tap using all four fingers over the upper part of your sternum tapping in anticlockwise circles (if your body was the face of the clock). Breathe deeply. People often tap this area spontaneously when they have been shocked in some way as mentioned above.
Energy management technique for the brain
The central meridian is a reservoir meridian governing the brain that runs from the pubic area straight up the midline of the body to the lower lip. In order to make sure this is running effectively and in the right direction you can make a ‘zipping up’ motion from your groin to your lower lip keeping your hand just a few inches from your body.
When you reach your lip, take your hand away from your body (so as not to ‘unzip’) return to the start point and repeat the ‘zipping’ action a few times.
This will help to get the energies to your brain working enabling you to think more clearly and feel more positive.
If you are already familiar with muscle testing you may care to test the effectiveness of this technique yourself. Test yourself after ‘unzipping’ yourself a few times and then after ‘zipping’ yourself up a few times. Breathe deeply in through the mouth and out through the nose as you do this technique to help oxygenate the brain.
Energy management technique to re-energise
This technique uses the kidney points at the end of kidney meridian and this exercise will help you to energise and regain focus if you are flagging. Although primarily associated with the kidney meridian, these points are effectively a juncture for all energy pathways within the body and reset the whole meridian system. Fortunately this technique can be done unobtrusively in public or when driving.
Place the two first fingers of one hand on one collar bone (clavicle) and your thumb on the other clavicle at the base of your neck either side of the midline. Run your fingers and thumb down and out a couple of inches until you reach a depression and rub or tap – if you are in the right place they will probably be a little tender. If they are not tender at all, try adjacent areas until you find a tender spot.
You can also cross your hands over so that the left hand fingers rub the right hand kidney points and vice versa. Using one hand to rub your kidney points you can also either place your other hand over your navel or insert the two first fingers into the navel whilst rubbing your kidney points.
Technique to coordinate the two brain hemispheres
This technique is called 'cross crawl' and promotes the proper exchange of information from right to left sides of the body and brain. You effectively have two different brains or hemispheres each responsible for different functions. For example, linear processing and language occur in the left hemisphere and synthesis and intuition in the right hemisphere so this technique promotes a harmonious balance.
This simple energy management technique will help you to think clearly and will improve coordination especially when you are feeling exhausted. Basically you just do a marching movement whereby you raise your leg and opposite arm at the same time. If you can cross your arms over your midline whilst doing this – all to the good. You may also want to do the same action but taking your legs behind you and tapping the opposite leg ankle.
The Gallbladder and Liver points
There are all sorts of different points all over the body that relate to the different organ systems and are often far flung. One set of points that are often tender are on the tops of the feet between the tendons that run to the toes. Rubbing between these tendons is good in any event because it resets the walking mechanism which is often dysfunctional with fibromyalgia.
You may find a couple of spots particularly tender and these most likely relate to the liver and gall bladder. Some fairly firm pressure is needed and the more tender the spot the more attention you need to give it.
This is something a partner could do for you that would be helpful although you can do this for yourself.
For a comprehensive approach to emotional and spiritual recovery and detoxification refer to The Natural Recovery Plan book. Other related books are listed in the Emotional and Spiritual Health section of Recommended Reading.