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Acupuncture strengthening and sedating points

For people whose pain is dispersed throughout large areas of the body, particularly if it results from an autoimmune disease such as fibromyalgia or lupus, a Hopi practice provides relief. Breath out through your mouth, as if blowing out a candle. Breathing Out the Pain may sound simplistic but it is one of the techniques that is taught in every pain management class I have ever attended.

The Golgi tendon apparatus is located near the ends of the muscle. Stretching the areas about an inch or two beyond the sides of the pain relieves some of the congested energy. It is also helpful for other kinds of diffuse pain, such as when all your muscles ache or your back is sore. Sedating the meridian corresponding to the tooth will relieve the pain and initiate the healing process. Another variation from traveling straight up or down the spine is to make spirals along the spine.

Curl your fingers and place the fingers of one hand on the side of the spine that is closer to you. In my experience it is an extremely useful technique and one I rely on regularly. Find the number that is in the same zone as your pain.

The same strategy for sedating

To treat a localized energy block or back problem place three fingers of each hand on either side of the affected area of the spine resting one hand on the other while applying firm pressure. The zones are on both the front and back of your body. Place your other hand, fingers curled, on top of the first hand, reaching across the spine so that it is between the two sets of curled fingers.

As long as it is not an open wound, stretching the area surrounding the pain can also bring relief. This is similar to pinching above, but is used on a large muscle. The technique tells your brain to turn off the pain. By this map, the front or yin side of your body includes the bottom of your feet, the palms of your hands, the inside of your arms and legs, the front of your neck, and your face.

If you feel the energy is getting caught in your own body instead of siphoning out, stop immediately and vigorously shake both hands. You may feel a movement or sensation of pulling. Then hold your right hand down, out, and away from your body. With your fingers exerting a bit of pressure, move your hands along the length of the spine. Find the point on the diagrams of the wrists or ankles that corresponds with your pain.

Then press in deeply around the perimeter of the pain and stretch the muscle in every direction. All changes to the text are mine. Make each breath slightly slower than the breath prior to it. You can energy check to be certain you are on the right point though no harm is caused if you tap the wrong point.

The uninterrupted tapping calms the slow, persistent pain impulses, while interrupting the rhythm engages and calms the faster, shooting impulses. Your softer parts, which are in the front and inside the limbs, are considered to be yin. Before finishing, pinch and lift the skin over the spine itself, beginning at the waist and traveling up the spine. Siphoning and Zone Tapping are techniques I would highly recommend. The more rough-skinned areas of your body, mostly on the back, are considered yang.

The same strategy for sedating the meridian that governs the muscle going through a painful area can be used for working with toothaches. The yang side of your body also includes the top of your feet, the backs of your hands, the outside of your arms and legs, and the back of your head and neck. Breathe rhythmically with them to establish a slower pace. Hold this position until you feel that sensation stop.

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