The other day, I had my ear needled. My mom’s acupuncturist, Matt, suggested it. He said it would help me de-stress. It is amazing how stress can make you look like a giant elephant.
Or a spaced-out cat. “You will buy me that Betta fish. You know I’ve always wanted one. Buy it… Buy it meow–oops–now!”
Matt put 3 needles in my left ear at various acupuncture points for relaxation.
He then put 3 needles in my twin sister’s left ear. Matt pointed out that my sister and I have completely different ear anatomy. He said he can tell a lot about a person just by looking at their ears.
- The ear is a microcosm of the human body– and in both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine it is compared to an upside down fetus.
You can also de-stress by using your own fingers to press on acupressure (or marma) points of the ear. According to Vassant Lad’s book, Marma Points of Ayurveda:
- Gently pulling the earlobe downwards helps to descend energy to relieve headaches and migraines. It has a tranquilizing effect because of its functional connection with higher cerebral activity, which promotes tranquility and bliss. This action also aids in stress management and quieting children who are hyperactive.
Qi gong is an ancient Chinese health practice that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention for total body wellness. Try this Qi Gong ear exercise.
Shiatsu is a form of therapeutic bodywork from Japan. It is based on the same principles as acupuncture–in which pressure is applied to certain points on the body using the hands. Take a look at this Shiatsu ear exercise.
You can even make up your own daily ear massage routine. Just do what feels right for you. You cannot go wrong. Your whole body will benefit!
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