This Is What Happens When You Massage This Point On Your Ear
By Sarah Lawrence
Massage my ear?! Seriously?
Yup, you read that right!
If an ear massage sounds like a crazy idea, join me for a few minutes and I’ll show you why it’s not only amazing and helpful, but also incredibly relaxing and holistically hip!
Each of the 150+ acupressure points on your ear (auricular points) correspond with a part of your body (similar to the points on your hands and feet). Stimulation of these points can create very positive results in the corresponding body parts.
Targeted Auricular Therapy is traditionally the work of Acupuncturists or Reflexologists, but there is no reason why you can’t adapt this gentle technique for use at home. The technique is easy, requires no special tools and can be done almost anywhere!
Here Is The Simple Process:
1. For specific concerns: Find the ear point that matches the body part you want. Massage that point for 30 seconds while taking 3 deep breaths. Do this 3 times a day for best results.
2. For general health: Work all 150 points by doing a full ear massage. Learn how by watching this video. It’s so easy that you can do your first ear massage while you’re watching! Go for it!
Why Massage Your Ears Several Times A Day?
Well, A) it feels really good and B) it counteracts stress and promotes well-being! Regular ear massage is a beautiful way to stimulate your energy meridians, promote balanced health, support recovery and bring about general good feelings. So, why aren’t you rubbing your ears yet?
Here Are Some Ear Points To Try:
1. For overall health and stress relief, work the Shen Men point. Check out this video to see exactly where Shen Men is located. Once you can find the point, go ahead and use the tip of your pinky or a clean q-tip to apply gentle, but firm pressure. If you are going to pick only one point, make it Shen Men!
2. To help with appetite control, you need to find the middle of the tragus (the small bump that juts out where your ear meets your face). To find this spot, place your finger where your ear and jaw meet. Move your jaw up and down and when you find the spot that has the most movement, hold your finger there. Press for one minute. Repeat before meals.
3. For libido, massage these 2 points noted in the Auriculotherapy Manual: Chinese and Western Systems of Ear Acupuncture (click here for a handy chart):
- The Sexual Desire Point (also called external genitals point), which increases libido and enhances sexual arousal.
- The Excitement Point, which causes excitation of the cerebral cortex and alleviates sexual impairment.
Incorporate your favorite essential oil into your ear massage. Good oils for ears include lavender (relaxing), peppermint (invigorating) and grapefruit (just a happy oil!).
- Mix a drop of any single oil with a teaspoon of a carrier oil like coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil or jojoba oil.
- Create a balanced blend using 1 drop each of lavender, ylang-ylang, peppermint and grapefruit mixed with 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil.
A little goes a long way with essential oils. Try dipping the tip of your pointer finger into your oil mixture, then rub your pointer together with your thumb to distribute the oils before you begin your massage. At the end, rub your hands together, close your eyes and inhale deeply to round out your experience!
Your Action Plan:
1. Give yourself a 1-3 minute ear massage right now (or maybe a little later!).
2. Check out the links in this article and find a few ear points that you want to try based on your particular needs.
3. Post down below and let me know what you think and how you do!
Sarah Lawrence is a Certified Holistic Health and Integrative Nutrition Coach, Speaker and Reiki Master based in Southern NH. Sarah creates lifestyle transformations by coaching her clients to shift from their current habits into healthier ones. Her philosophy is that small changes, over time, can yield big results. By developing a technique that leverages the benefits of whole foods nutritionals, seasonal detoxification, reiki, aromatherapy, meditation and life coaching, Sarah artfully combines her knowledge from years of study in the fields of chemistry, nutrition and energy healing.
Sarah leads clients from frustration due chronic health issues to elation by attaining and sustaining balanced health. Her intuitive style supports true healing on all levels. Sarah studied at Fairfield University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition; she is pursuing her Masters in Clinical Nutrition and is dedicated to continuing her studies so she can provide the best support for her clients.
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