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The benefits of massaging the ears
Ear massage, works to relieve stress by stimulating these ear pressure points, together with the ear massage itself producing the following responses and benefits:
Various movements can stimulate these acupressure points, and many of us may already employ the benefits of ear massage without being conscious of it. It is quite common to tug at the ears, play with them, or fiddle with them when one is nervous or deep in thought, as this act of touch can offer calming relief for the individual and help relax them at particular times.
This proves that you don’t need to understand why exactly ear massage is so beneficial to reap the benefits – rubbing, tugging, pulling, pressing and rolling the ear cartilage and lobes all produce soothing effects, and you can experiment with what feels nice for you: hard, soft, with or without oils, all over or just one part such as the lobes or the outer edges of the cartilage.
All our bodies are different and respond in unique ways to touch so see what feels most relaxing for you, and try out some of the techniques shown in the above video.
You can use ear massage anytime to relax, rejuvenate and release natural endorphins into your body, making you feel happier, more alert, and best of all - less stressed.
Ear massage and why it is so powerful
Did you know that the skin of the ears themselves are particularly sensitive due to the ear having a great number of nerve endings – specifically the ear lobes.
The ear lobes (lobulus auriculae) contain many nerve endings, and since they are made up of tissue rather than cartilage like the rest of the ear (known as the auricle) they have a large blood supply.
This blood supply is thought to be for helping us maintain our balance as well as keeping the rest of the ear cartilage warm, but through massage, the blood supply can be manipulated for the benefit of the whole body.
The Ancient Healing Benefits 'Ayurveda'
With in the healing art of Thai Yoga Massage that Leisa gives, you will notice the attention to the ears and face as she works with each individual.
If any one follows Ayurvedic medicine (also ‘Ayurveda’), a healing system known to be over 5000 years old developed in India, revolves around the belief that our wellness and overall health depends on a careful ‘balance between the mind, body, and spirit’.
Ayurveda, recognise that the marma (energy) points in your ears are connected to your organs and whole body, and that various parts of the ear are linked to other particular body parts.
Other health professionals refer to the ear linking to the body in a similar way, defining the ear as a microsystem of the body as a whole and mapping certain parts of the ear to certain parts of the body (see the Ear Reflexology Chart).
Since nerves in the ear are linked with various nerve centres in the brain which each send different neurological pathways down the spinal cord, finally reaching different neurons around the body and affecting different body parts. In this way, ear massage can not only be utilised for treating stress, it can be used to treat a host of other physiological symptoms and ailments from pains and aches, to pathological disorders in the abdomen, chest, lower back, and feet.
This is the best self-care technique.
Leisa uses this technique on a majority of her clients that come for the Thai Yoga Massage. When these points are blocked, you may feel uptight, have pressure in your head, short sightedness, and it may be difficult to cope and make wise decisions.
This is a reminder the incredible power of self massage.
These points also help relieve pain by releasing the body’s natural pain relievers known as endorphins. By opening them up, you can help relieve a headache, stiffness (especially stiff necks), arthritic pains, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. While there are many acupressure points for these problems, GB 20 (Gall Bladder Meridian) is one of the most potent points for obtaining relief.
To do this point on yourself, find the big bump at the back of your head (the bottom of your skull known as the occipital ridge) and go about an inch lower.
Then interlace your fingers pressing your palms to the back of the neck as your drop your head forward. As you lift your head up, squeeze the heal of the palms to the back of the neck (as you open your arms with an inhale) with the base of the little figures pressing under this bony point.
Close to the base of the skull, As shown in video.
You could also use the fingers instead of the palms as per below.
To find these points look for the base of the skull once again, moving down an inch or so, notice the ridge between the muscle of the neck and indentation, either side of the neck where the figures / thumb sit nicely. (see above picture)
Take a few full, deep breaths, as you press underneath the base of your skull on both sides, about four finger widths – or three inches – apart. Use your thumbs to gradually apply pressure into the hollows of your skull. Close your eyes as you tilt your head back slowly. Take long, slow deep breaths as you hold for two to three minutes. Direct the pressure slowly and firmly into the center of your head.
You may also like to take the opportunity as shown in the above video to massage the hill of muscle around the neck with your fists.
CV6 - Sea of energy (Qi)
This is the best point to massage right before bed, or first thing in the morning as your work through your morning routine as shown abover. This is one of the most empowering acupressure points on the body is CV 6, known as the Sea of Energy or Qi. You can do great healing on yourself. CV 6 strengthens the body’s internal condition especially the colon, immune system, sexual urinary reproductive system, and heightens your ability to heal yourself.
Point Location: CV 6 is located two finger widths below the center of your belly button. The finger pressure should always be applied gradually. Go even slower and more carefully into the abdomen for the elderly and sick. During pregnancy be very gentle, and use the palm of your hand instead of fingertips. This is another point that is massage during Thai Yoga Massage, especially if the body is in need of a boost, revitalising the immune system.
Point Function: CV 6 revives the body’s healing processes; develops vitality; strengthens the immune system, urinary system, sexual reproductive system, and benefits the kidneys.
Good for Relieving: stomachache, abdominal cramping, constipation, gas, irritable bowel syndrome, menstrual cramps, insomnia, urinary incontinence, impotence, infertility, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, digestive headaches, body aches, anal or rectal pains, and general weaknesses. So much!
For Constipation: Press CV 6 two or three times a day to relieve and prevent constipation and irritable bowel. Pressing this point activates and strengthens the large intestine, encourages peristalsis, and relaxes the abdomen. Along with this point, concentrate of your breathing, take your time to feel the belly expand as your lighten the figures on the inhale, softly moving deeper with each exhale.
Emotional & Spiritual Benefits: CV 6 is good for developing emotional stability and for deepening spiritual awareness; strengthens your sense of self; used for self-abuse, addictive behavior, and codependency issues.
Sexuality: The Sea of Qi (CV 6) is good for all kinds of sexual problems for men and women. The abdominal muscles often tighten during lovemaking, which can block the flow of sexual energy. Pressing CV 6 and acupressure points around it, can relieve the abdominal tension, strengthen the urinary and reproductive systems, and increase sexual intimacy and pleasure.
CV 6 is a longevity point, which can improve your overall health and enable you to live longer. Two to three minutes of firm to deep pressure on this point while breathing slowly and deeply into your belly, strengthens all of your internal organs, and develops your healing energy reserves. For this reason, I have made a covenant, a vow to myself, that I will try to press this point and breathe deeply into it every night before going to sleep. I believe that working on this point in bed with super slow, deep breathing, opens the flow of healing energy while I’m asleep, and thus provides extraordinary healing benefits.
All lifes worries will fade away and you’ll get more focused and feel more vital, if you continue to practice breathing deeply into this life giving acupressure point. Share this with your friends and enjoy life; there’s nothing more important!
I would like to credit my trainer Michael Gach for most of this information regarding CV6.
Meditation with Leisa
This yoga nidra is intended to be used for relaxation. Please do not listen to whilst driving.