Spring has sprung and just like we spring clean our houses, it is a valuable time to do the same for our bodies. Luckily, Eden Energy Medicine offers many ways to help detoxify the body and move old, stagnant energy out in order to help the body maintain a healthy balance.
Working with the Neurolymphatic reflex points (NL) can help balance the meridians (energy pathways in the body), the organs, and the entire lymphatic system. Stimulating these points helps to support the flow of lymph throughout the body and get rid of any built-up toxins. Be sure to rub these points with deep pressure, and if they are sore, that is a sign that they need to be worked with.
There are many NL points, but some of the ones that you may want to start with include the ones under each side of the collarbone and where the body and arm connect to stimulate the Central and Governing NL points. You can also work with the Liver Meridian by rubbing under the right breast, and Kidney by rubbing down the outside of your upper arm on both sides. See the diagram for more points, but only work with a few at a time, so that you don’t release too many toxins at once.
Resetting your Ileocecal and Houston Valves can help your body release any unwanted material hanging out in your digestive system. With your fingers inside of your hip bones near your pubic bone, drag your them up about six to seven inches with firm pressure while inhaling. Repeat this motion for a total of four times. Then, place your thumbs at the bottom of your ribcage and drag them down toward the hip bone to complete the exercise.
Releasing emotional toxins is important as well and Blowing out the Venom can help you let go of anger and frustration. To begin, bring your arms to either side of your body and make fists, imagining that all your frustrations and negative feelings are in your hands. On an inhale, bring your arms above your head, and on an exhale, bring them down quickly and open your fists, using the “shhh” sound. Repeat three times and on the last movement, bring your hands down slowly and deliberately and let it all go.
Connecting Heaven and Earth will release stagnant energy and toxins and make space for energy to flow in a healthier way. Rub your hands together, shake them off, and place them on your thighs and ground yourself. Circle your arms out and bring them to a prayer position in front of your heart. On an inhale, stretch one hand up and out and one down and out. Stretch as far apart as you can and hold your breath. Come back to prayer position on an exhale and repeat on the other side. Do this twice on each side and after the last stretch, bend down as far as you can, and let your arms hang in front of you. Take two deep breaths, and then swing back and forth making sideways figure eights all the way up your body.
In the Chinese Five Element tradition, Gall Bladder and Liver Meridians are associated with Spring and balancing them can help us glide into the season with a little more ease. Holding these Spring Neurovascular reflex points (NV) with the Main NV points will help balance the emotions related to these two meridians. Hold your Main NV points above your eyebrows along with points outside of your eyes about a half an inch outside of where your lids meet and breathe.
I hope these exercises help you to welcome Spring with open arms!
(Published in Front Porch Magazine- April 2018)