Why Can Neurovascular Points be Useful for Carers?
Neurovascular points are one of the keys to calming the nervous system; touching these points is communicating directly with your nervous system.
It is important to counteract and dismantle the stress response loop as soon as possible. When it starts, it may be a small loop at the beginning of a crisis. If this stress response loop has been going for a long time, it will take more work to rewind.
Think of how an animal may pace a circuit when stressed. Initially, there isn’t much evidence of this movement. After time, a path forms when the animal continues to walk the same way. We want to make sure we don’t create a deep path or deep “stress response”, but rather work to remove the path before it becomes entrenched and more difficult to change.
These exercises are available to us 24/7. They give us the capacity to think more clearly, balancing our emotional response and training our body to meet stress without triggering the freeze, fight or flight response.
What are the Neurovascular Points?
One of the key ways to calm Triple Warmer (our fight/flight stress mechanism) is to work through our neurovascular points.
There are neurovascular points for all the meridians; the Triple Warmer Neurovascular points are located:
On the temples (on both sides of the head).
On the back of the head (place your palm on the back of the head, with the thumb under the bony structure or ridge (known as the occipital ridge)).
At the sternal notch (the hollow at the base of the neck, where a man’s tie knot will land).
The other neurovascular points useful to reducing stress are the main neurovascular points, located on the forehead, between the top of the eyebrows and the hairline.
How to Hold the Neurovascular Points
There are several ways to touch the Neurovascular points. You can use either:
The palm of your hand.
A 3-finger notch (thumb, index and middle finger).
When working with the Neurovascular points, hold them for 2-3 minutes, until you feel your fingers “sink in”. If it feels comfortable, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing, while recalling any stressors.
It is very important that no pressure is involved – use light touch.
Using the Breath
For all exercises, be conscious of your breathing – in through the nose, out through the mouth.
“Smell the roses, blow out the candle.”
Holding the Main Neurovasculars
(Also known as the “Oh My Goodness” points).
The main neurovascular points are located on the forehead, directly above the eyes, half way between the eyebrows and the hairline.
These points may be instinctively touched when we react to stress. Think of them as the breaker box in an electrical system. They affect all meridians and energy systems.
Holding your hand on these points brings the blood back from the more primitive parts of the brain to the frontal cortex allowing you to regain access to those areas of your brain which process reasoning skills and allowing you to gain a greater perspective on the problem.
The Mellow Mudra
A variation of holding the main neurovascular points is called the Mellow Mudra and you can see it demonstrated here:
Hold the Back Neurovasculars with the Front
To hold this point, rest your thumb under the occipital ridge and your palm above it.
Combine that with the frontal Main Neurovascular points to calm Triple Warmer.
Triple Warmer Neurovascular at Temples
Another Triple Warmer Neurovascular point is located at the sternal notch. This is the sensitive place on the throat where a man’s tie knot would be located.
Using a 3-finger hand position, place one 3-finger hand on the Triple Warmer Neurovascular point located at the temples, while the other 3-finger hand is placed on the sternal notch. You are holding two Triple Warmer Neurovascular points together.
Close your eyes and focus on your breathing and the stressor. Hold for a few minutes.
Switch hands over and hold for a few minutes.
This exercise is great to balance the thyroid gland and cortisol.
It is very important to use what feels most calming to you.
A video by Francie Boyce demonstrating some of these techniques:
I would like to express my deepest thanks to all the amazing energy medicine practitioners for sharing their knowledge, and of course to Donna Eden, founder of Eden Energy Medicine, who, along with her husband, Dr David Feinstein, has brought this amazing body of knowledge to the world.
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