I’m going to let you in on a secret.
Your ear is actually a map of the body.
If you could imagine a baby lying upside down in foetus position within your ear, that is the map.
Can’t see it? Let me help you!
Every point in the ear relates to a part of your body.
Each part of the body has nerves running through and specific nerve points can trigger different feelings such as pain or anxiety.
We can send signals to these nerve points by applying pressure to specific points on the ear, following the map.
When the signal is received the feelings can be changed.
For example keeping calm under pressure, I know that this is something we could all benefit from having a helping hand with every now and again.
Do you get anxious before presentations?
Is there a big project on at work with high expectations fixed on you?
Are you always rushing around from one task to another?
There is a specific point on your ear called the Shen Men, when this point is stimulated it relieves stress and brings calm to your mind.
If you haven’t got time for a massage or a walk or a meditation, then you can stimulate this point using ear seeds. Ear seeds are a plant seed placed on the ear with a sticky plaster. You can keep them on for up to five days.
Combine the Shen Men with a couple of other points on the ear and you have a roadmap to remaining calm under pressure.
This guest blog was provided by Balquees Ali, Acupuncture by Balquees
Balquees Ali is a qualified and experienced Acupuncturist highly trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Auricular Acupuncture, Balquees hopes to educate many about the empowering benefits of self care. Trained and qualified in acupuncture at the renowned Northern College of Acupuncture in York, Balquees graduated in 2009.
Balquees is wholly committed to serving with excellence and is a Professional Development Lead for the British Acupuncture Council, maintaining professional standards and CPD for accredited traditional acupuncturists in her assigned region. Balquees first developed an interest in acupuncture after having treatment herself for persistent migraines and now regards herself to be migraine free.
Through her passion for Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, combined with her nutrition, counselling and teaching backgrounds she holds firmly the belief that she can help, enable, empower and support individuals to enhance their self care.