Tap Out - Tap In
Millions of people are settling for lives filled with poor health and emotional baggage. Not knowing how to achieve the joyful and satisfying lives they desire, they are stuck accepting a lifestyle of emotional trauma, physical pain, tiredness, worry, fear or perhaps just an empty feeling inside.
Good circulation is quite simply the foundation of our health. Efficient circulation keeps the cells of the immune system moving, so that they can work effectively. It also encourages lymphatic drainage, which clears toxic waste. Whilst our lives are more sedentary than ever before, there is one incredibly easy way to get your circulation moving (even when you’re sitting down). The body, like everything in the universe, is composed of energy, and by tapping out the whole of the body we begin to create an instant energy boost and we restore the body's energy balance. We receive a free self-massage, and as well as energising the body we introduce a feeling of relaxation.
I am in no way suggesting that these techniques will cure any illness or prevent viruses. This is intended as free advice, to help you support your overall immunity in addition to Western medical advice – and not as a substitution.
Try to do it every morning, It's a perfect start to your day, and will help you step on to a new platform of health and wellbeing. In the current climate, these exercises can be a fantastic tool to reducing anxieties and stresses.
Start by either clenching the fists, or cupping the hands if your feeling a little fragile or need to be a bit gentler. Sitting down or standing up - either is fine.
Then begin to gently tap along the chest to help open up the lungs. Go down the inside of the arms and up the outside. Then tap around the abdominal area to help boost the digestive system, and then take it down the outside of the legs and up the inside. Finish around the lower back being gentle on the kidneys. Then, take it back up to the back of the shoulders and around the back of the neck, spending more time around this area if you feel any tension or tightness. Now, we finish on the head by using our fingertips to lightly tap all over the head and the space in between the eyebrows, this will help to clear the mind. We then finish off with massaging the jaw area and spending more time the on any tight areas which may feel sore. We store the emotions of fear and anger in our jaw, so often this can feel quite tight. Then finish off jumping up a down a few times if standing and shaking out the whole of the body.
Belly breathing exercise with positive thoughts
This calming breathing technique will help to manage stress, anxiety and calm down the body and mind.
You will get the most benefit if you do it regularly, as part of your daily routine. It is preferable to do this exercise sitting in a chair that supports the back, (I use the sofa, propped up with pillows). You can sit or lie down, as long as you are comfortable. You don’t have to sit cross-legged you just need to be comfortable with a straight spine to allow the breath to flow in and out easily.
If you're lying down, place your arms slightly away from your sides, with the palms facing up if you want to feel more energised, or palms facing down if you want to feel more grounded. Let your legs be straight, or have your feet flat on the floor roughy hip width apart and allow your knees to knock in together if you suffer with any lower back issues.
If you're sitting, allow your arms to be soft, and pace your hands wherever they feel comfortable.
Begin by taking your awareness to your tongue and notice where it sits in the mouth. Quite often the tongue gets stuck to the roof of the mouth, or sits behind the back of the teeth. So just allow it to soften and relax. Then relax your shoulders, your chest, your belly and the whole of the body.
Take your awareness to your breathing, connecting to your breath and allow it just to flow in and just notice the natural exchange of the inhale and exhale. Then without forcing it, let your breath flow as deep down into your belly as is comfortable. Breathe in gently and regularly.
Once you have established a breathing pattern, breathing deep in to the belly, begin to think of things that make you happy, and things that lift you up. This could be: people, places, animals, flowers, rainbows, wine, food, laughing - anything that makes you smile and makes you happy. If the mind starts to wander on to negative thoughts, don’t worry, just picture something positive like a flower, or the sunshine. This may be a challenge at first as the mind will always want to jump back to the negative, but with practise and gradually over a period of time you will find this easier and easier.
THE MANTRA - As you are still breathing, with the eyes closed, repeat in your own mind "I move through my days, light-hearted and carefree, knowing all is well."
Deep belly breathing with counting
Do the breathing exercise as guided above, but this time when you inhale, breathe in for a count of say 4, for example. Take a little pause at the top of the inhale and then make your exhale slightly longer, say for 6 counts.
Then let the breath just flow gently in and out
You can always increase the inhale and exhale over time with practise
Keep doing this for 3 to 5 minutes