Heart to Heart Technique

There are so many things we can do to help support our heart that it is difficult to know where to start. There is no doubt that you already know much of the traditional advice, and it is critically important. Among the basic building blocks of heart health (and overall health in general) are: exercise, eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight, don’t smoke, and keep drinking under control. But that’s just the beginning. Energy medicine can be invaluable in the support of heart health. For anyone who has heart issues and is under the care of a physician, energy medicine can offer further support. And for those who don’t have clinical issues, energy medicine may be enough to keep it that way!

More than Physical

The heart is much more than simply a physical structure that pumps 1.5 gallons of blood through our body each minute. It also produces hormones, has its own nervous system, and is the body’s strongest electrical generator.

In many cultures, the heart is considered to be where love emanates from, as well as where our emotions are based and where the soul resides. Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that the heart is not merely the bridge between mind and body but it also houses the shen (mind, spirit, memory, thinking, sleep and consciousness).

While there is a large amount of fascinating research around these topics, one place for energy medicine students and practitioners to look to is the HeartMath Institute Research Center, which for nearly three decades has been exploring the nature of the heart, leading to research that suggests that the heart “is an access point to a source of wisdom and intelligence.”

Energy Medicine

Donna Eden, my mentor and friend, views the heart as integral to love and connection, and says that when our hearts are in sync with our brains, everything works better-in particular, we have increased access to our own intuition and intelligence.

If you have studied energy medicine, you already know certain ways to work energetically with the heart, whether it is working with meridians, chakras, the electrics or other approaches.

The following are a few simple, very effective exercises:

• Trace the heart meridian forward slowly with the flat of your hand, in order to help balance and strengthen the meridian. Begin in the middle of your arm pit and trace slowly along the inside lower edge of your arm passing through the palm of your hand and ending off the little finger as you squeeze both sides of the fingernail. Repeat on the other arm.
• Strengthen the spleen meridian, because spleen feeds the heart. Two easy ways to strengthen spleen are massaging the Neurolymphatic Reflex Points located below each breast and along the sides of the rib cage level with the breasts and massaging the Source Point – Spleen 3 located on the inside of the big toe just over the bunion.
• Rest one hand on the fourth (heart) chakra and one hand on the second (sacral) chakra to help the heart meridian and heart organ stay strong (tip: you can experiment with this position as you fall asleep)

Need help figuring it all out? Schedule an in-office or Skype Energy Medicine Consultation with Dr. Melanie. Click here for details.

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