When we feel stressed and are constantly confronted with unpleasant, worrying, difficult situations, our body energies can respond by moving in the body, have you ever felt butterflies in the pit of your stomach or your shoulders tense up? That’s the energy moving, getting blocked.
Depending on the severity of the problem, the body adapts its system to deal with a crisis. Firstly, it shuts down digestion so that blood goes to the main muscles to prepare for action – like the fight/flight response. The frontal lobes of the brain which are involved in forward thinking and new ideas shut down more than the survival brain at the back. When we are upset or frightened, we reply on our back brain’s old records of how we previously reacted to a crisis.
So How Can Kinesiology Help?
In Emotional Stress Release (ESR) the vascular points for the stomach and the brain are lightly held with both hands, to help draw the blood back into the frontal lobes, while thinking about the stress.
This is a simple, yet very powerful technique that will help us process our problems no matter how serious. Most people gain immediate relief from the anguish they may be suffering. Nothing could be simpler to do, holding these points are a natural gesture.
How to do ESR in 3 easy steps:
- Start with a few deep belly breaths, connect in with yourself and your stress then rate your stress level between 1 and 10 (1 being the least, 10 the most).
- Place thumbs in the temple area, mid way between the top of the ear lobe and end of the eye brow. Reaching up with you index fingers, place just one on the crown of the head, resting the other lightly on top. Place your little fingers on either side of your forehead just above your brows on the bumps. Use only very light pressure and relax.
- First hold these points with your eyes open to destress your conscious brain, then close your eyes to relax your subconscious. Notice any details and feelings that arise without judgement, just breathe and let go.
- When your mind wanders, you’ll know the stress has been cleared and you’ll feel calmer and lighter. Now rate your stress level out of 10 again.
Repeat these steps whenever needed.
Benefits of Emotional Stress Release
Reduce stress & anxiety. You can do this anytime, anywhere. Gives a sense of lightness. Leaves you feeling more grounded and connected. Rebalance emotions. It’s quick and easy. This resets the mind and increases clarity.