These are stressful times for most folks around the world. Everyone has an opinion about whether COVID19 is very dangerous or not. Even though I can not recall experiencing something like this in my lifetime, and it appears to be uncertain when this will all be over with, I am determined to make the most out of this situation by practicing some simple but profound self-care techniques.
As most of you know, and some of you do not know, I am a certified reflexologist, plant medicine enthusiast, and lover of all things natural. Reflexology is the practice of applying controlled pressure to reflex areas, which are areas on the feet, hands, face, and ears that represent body parts and organs. When pressure is applied to reflex areas systematically and in a controlled manner, benefits occur throughout the body. Some of the benefits are detoxification, boosted circulation, relaxation, and much more.
I want to share some simple but powerful techniques that may decrease your stress level and give your immune system a boost. The reflexes in your hand that can help if you are stressed are the Adrenal Gland Reflex and Solar Plexus Reflex. The adrenal glands in our body are shaped like a walnut and sit on top of our kidneys. Their function is to secrete hormones involved in essential bodily processes and to keep our reaction to stress in balance. The Solar Plexus is a network of tight nerves located right under the apex of the bottom of the rib cage. Its function is to keep our organs running smoothly by preparing the body to respond to stress through metabolic changes. The Adrenal Reflex is located between the tip of the thumb and your wrist. The Solar Plexus Reflex can be found on the palm side under your middle finger, right at the point that lines up just under the knuckle.
In addition to using reflexology, there are numerous teas that can help you during this time, such as chamomile, lavender, kava, valerian, and passionflower, to name a few. Remember to sip on a good quality tea, preferably loose leaf tea. You can also add other nutritionally satisfying flowers, herbs, tinctures, etc. Some additives I like to add to my teas are hibiscus, roses, lemons, cardamom, and flower essences. Just experiment and have fun!
Another simple but powerful technique is deep breathing, also known as abdominal breathing or belly breathing. The first step to deep breathing is to relax your shoulders and inhale through your nose (experience the air moving through your nose into your abdomen as you expand the stomach). Hold your breath for a few seconds and then slowly exhale, completely emptying your lungs. It helps if you put one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach. Deep breathing has numerous benefits and can help you relax, lower your blood pressure, and balance your heart rate. Always check with your medical provider before doing these breathing exercises if you have COPD, asthma or other lung issues.
Lastly, I want you to know the power to help ourselves is in our hands(reflexes) and in nature(teas, flowers and etc.). Let’s use what has been given to us to help us live a better life. If you know someone that could benefit from this virtual talk please share this information. Stay tuned for more information about our virtual talk or to speak individually with me contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Health & Healing,
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