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Monday, September 16, 2013


WAKE UP!  It is Monday morning and I thought maybe you could use a little help.  Whether you are a student beginning a week of classes, a person working in an office or anyone needing to get going but still sit still here is a great little yet powerful tip for you.

(An excerpt from Patricia's book “POWER POINTS - How to Press Your Points NOT Push Your Buttons” copyright 1999.  A perfect book to accompany the workshop Relief at Your Fingertips.)

"Before we go too far in the learning process, there is one Power Point that I want to introduce you to. So often I speak at times of the day or in the evening when people have just eaten. By the time they settle in for a presentation all the blood that should be providing their brains with oxygen and clarity has been re-directed to their bellies to digest their meals. People feel tired, even sleepy. Soon after I begin my presentation, in about another half an hour or so, the yawning begins. No, it’s not the material, and I hope it is not the presenter. What it is is simple body chemistry, blood sugars or fatigue. Therefore, the very first Acu technique that I want to present to you is all about bringing yourself back up from exhaustion. This Power Point can wake you up and get your circulation flowing throughout your entire body while sitting still. The point can actually be used for loss of consciousness.

This Power Point is called Labor’s Palace or Pericardium 8.  We abbreviate the name down to P 8. It’s located in the center of your palm. Use the tip of your thumb and press in, then PUMP it. Just press and release, press and release, press and release. It’s like doing CPR on the palm of your hand. This point can also help overcome sunstroke. It’s absolutely fabulous when you simply have to stay awake. I call Pericardium 8 the EXHAUSTION POINT.

In anatomical terms the pericardium is the sack that surrounds the heart. In Oriental Medicine the points along the Pericardium pathway access the cardio-vascular system. Pumping P 8 literally pumps your cardio system up. You become more awake as your blood gets moving while sitting still.

If you are a manager that schedules morning meetings with your sleepy staff, show them this trick. Although you may be tempted to grab their hands and pump them up yourself, it’s best to keep your hands to yourself. Demonstrate the technique for them and then, if they ever seem sleepy or begin to yawn during a meeting or presentation simply get their attention, look them right in the eye, put your thumb to the center of your palm and PUMP. They’ll learn the signal, will follow along and wake themselves up.

How many people do you know that depend on coffee or colas to keep their eyes open? You might be one of them.  I used to be. I am sure that it’s no surprise to hear that the caffeine in those drinks can make you incredibly jittery, nervous, anxious, it can keep you awake at night and it also can be extremely addictive. In addition, it weakens your adrenal glands. Over time the adrenals can become so weak that they don’t regulate the hormones that they produce properly. This can lead to inappropriate bursts of adrenaline and subsequent unexplained panic attacks.  Instead of resorting to caffeine to PUMP yourself up you now have a Power Point to do it without any debilitating side effects."

Have a wonderful healthy week.  Be Well.  Be Best!

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