When I was growing up my mother would let me stay up later if I would agree to give her an ear rub. Neither of us knew it at the time, but there were actually a lot of health benefits she was receiving beyond just enjoying how it felt. I like ear rubs, too….it’s one of my favorite parts of getting a professional massage. It’s always fun to have someone else do the “work” for you, but there’s the expense that goes along with it, so it’s nice that ear massage is something we can easily do for ourselves.
(from Underground Health Reporter)
Are you familiar with auriculotherapy? It’s a branch of alternative medicine that not only has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but is also a clinical science recognized by WHO, the World Health Organization. The system is based on the principal that the outer portion of the ear (auricle) contains points that connect/correspond to and represent every part of the human body. It’s much like foot reflexology, where the soles of the feet have areas that correspond to the various organs and body systems.
Unlike acupuncture, which addresses health problems by working on the energy meridians of the body, auriculotherapy works with the nerve connections and can offer localized treatment for specific organs and/or systems. It has been used successfully for such things as weight loss, allergies and asthma, sinusitis and colds/flu, insomnia, pain relief, memory loss, eye disorders, diabetes, depression, and smoking cessation, as well as other addictive behaviors such as alcohol and drug abuse.
And that’s just a partial list of what auriculotherapy or ear massage can help with, so limber up your thumbs and fingers and start cashing in on its many health benefits. Or better yet, teach the techniques from The Underground Health Reporter given below to someone you know and swap out treatments with each other! This could be a great way to spend time with someone you care about, plus relieve holiday stress and provide multiple benefits to your body and theirs.
Here’s the directions….
Just follow the steps below to activate healing and ease the tension of a stressful day. Each variation of massage should be repeated at least three times.
Ear Massage Technique
Step 1: Get yourself comfy. Either lie down, or stay seated in a comfortable position, with your head supported. Sweep your hair away from your ears. Start by gently massaging the ears—from the lobes to where the tip touches your temples—with your thumbs. Massage your scalp with your fingertips simultaneously.
Step 2: To release tension and activate healing in the head and neck, lightly press your earlobes between your thumbs and first two fingers. This massage consists of both gentle presses and soft rolls of the lobes.
Move on to the shoulders, elbows, wrists, feet, and ankles, by focusing the massage along the outer edges of the ear, alternating between pressing and rolling.
Step 3: Gently press your forefingers into the folds of your outer ear (it helps to rest your thumbs on your temples for support) and massage with a circular motion. The outer ears are associated with the neck, hips, knees, lower back, and pelvic region.
Step 4: For an internal organ massage that can strengthen hunger control, place the forefingers in the center of the ear, but not directly into the ear canals. Massage with a soft pressing motion, focusing on all the different points within the center of the ear.
Step 5: Position your thumbs in the center of your ears and lightly pull your ears upward toward your hairline. While shifting upward, massage with a circular motion.
Finish your ear massage by cupping both ears with the palms of your hands. Move your hands in circles, massaging the scalp while you relax the entire ear. Take a few deep breaths, enjoying the vibrations of relaxation and peace that flood your body.
Read more: http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/5-minute-health-tip-give-yourself-a-relaxing-ear-massage/#ixzz3LE4E8t81
Related Self-help Health post: https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/feeling-stressed-rub-your-ear/
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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.