USE THESE POWERFUL ACUPOINTS
To Clear Mental Stress & Improve Memory
by Gwenn Bonnell
The next time you feel stressed, overwhelmed, or highly emotional, try the following exercise:
Lightly place the fingertips of each hand or the palm of one hand on the bumps on your forehead directly above your eyes. If you can't find these slight lumps simply place your hands about an inch above the eyebrows.
Take a deep breath and "drop into your stress." No need to try to be positive. It's better to sink into the negative or unpleasant feeling while holding the points. Keep breathing deeply and stay focused for two to five minutes.
As the blood returns to the forebrain you will feel capillaries pulsating under your fingertips or hands. At the same time, you are lifting out of the stress, beginning to think more clearly and reconditioning your response to that particular event or memory.
This action is sometimes instinctual: how often has your child or loved one complained of feeling upset or ill and you find yourself placing your palm on their forehead? Or when hearing shocking news, do you automatically find your hand on your own forehead? Touching these neurovascular points called the frontal eminences impacts blood circulation. Holding these points not only stops the blood from leaving the forebrain, it also draws blood back into the forebrain and retrains the body's automatic stress response.
Adapted from Energy Medicine by Donna Eden and David Feinstein and The Acupressure Mastery Course by Michael Reed Gach
For more about this technique, see "Stress Relief in Five Minutes or Less," in the Article Archives.