Friday, October 31, 2014
Acupressure and Essential Oils for Grief, Loss, Anxiety
Acupressure for Grief, Depression, Anxiety and Exhaustion
LETTING GO - Acupressure Points – Lung 1
Lung 1, called “Letting Go”, is located on the upper outer portion of the chest, three finger widths below the collarbone. Use your fingertips to press the Letting Go acupressure points (Lu 1). Inhale slowly and deeply as you gradually release your finger pressure, bring your arms outward, lift your chest, and tilt your head back. Hold your breath for a few second to assimilate the oxygen. Exhale as your head comes downward and your fingertips return to the Lung 1 acupressure points. Repeat this exercise four or five more times.
When we experience emotional imbalance due to loss, exhaustion, sluggishness, depression, anxiety, overwhelmed, unmet expectations, or despondency our bodies gives us signs that an energy imbalance within us needs attention. Our bodies are wanting to open up instead of holding pain.
Massaging, thumping or rubbing Acupressure points can help, and when we combine them with breathing deeply and thoughts of “all is well”, “I can move forward” and “I am strong and have learned the lessons of that experience”… the chemistry within our body changes. It is helpful to use an essential oil - such as Geranium, Bergamot, Frankincense neat onto the points - as well as inhale it deeply into the amygdala gland.
Deep breathing while holding Lung 1 (Lu 1) opens the respiratory system, clears repressed emotions by being able to breathe deeply again, and thus releases grief, emotional holding, frustration, and anger. We need to move forward, and massaging these Lung points can allow us to let go of things that are reducing the joy and function in our lives.
Holding the Lung 1 acupressure points releases emotional pain, numbness, heartache, sadness, and depression by increasing the body’s ability to breathe more deeply and assimilate the vital energy you get from oxygen. Holding these acupressure points while you breathe deeply can release tears and free your spirit.
These acupressure points on both sides of your can facilitate letting go of grief, a natural response to loss, which is an inevitable aspect of life. When you lose someone or something you love, these acupressure points open the grieving process to let go and move on in a good way. Grieving is an emotional purification; crying opens the breath, allows you to let go, and renews your spirit.
Posted by Jacque Gurney, CNHP, HHP, THC