Need an Easy, Available, and Affordable Stress Reliever? Turn to Your Ears!
These are challenging times, and we all are seeking ways to relieve our stress. This is especially true for those of us over 60, since our risk of serious coronavirus repercussions is very high.
The pandemic has caused us stress at the local, national, and global level. We are distanced and emotional about the future, and on and on. So, we are always seeking ways to lower our stress and feel more positive.
Massage Your Earlobes
Here is a simple stress reliever that is always available and affordable. Massaging your earlobes! Yes, that’s right! The ear contains more than two hundred pressure points that influence different areas of the body and the psyche. WOW!
Massaging your earlobes is great to relax, rejuvenate, and release natural endorphins into your body, making you feel happier, more alert, and best of all, less stressed.
The earlobes contain many nerve endings that are related to various parts of the body. So, when the earlobe is stimulated, the body responds.
This is why in acupuncture the therapist would usually find spots to stimulate in your ear lobes. And, unconsciously, when we are thinking hard, we might naturally rub our ear lobes.
According to Swami Mommy, “Your earlobes are energetically linked to your brain. When you massage the right ear lobe, it stimulates the left brain and pituitary gland. When you massage the left ear lobe, it stimulates the right brain and pineal gland, giving you a whole brain experience. The ear contains more than two hundred pressure points that influence different areas of the body and the psyche.”
Move the Energy in Your Whole Body
When you massage your ears, you can move the energy in your whole body. The massage can stimulate your cells and ignite detoxification. You can also improve your circulation which enhances your immunity – a great bonus for those of us over 60.
Amazingly, when you apply strong, but not painful, pinches to your ear in specific locations, this can help diminish some of the pain you may be feeling in those areas.
For example, pressing and then rotating the pressure point at the little flap closest to your head, can relieve tightness around your jaw including pain from tinnitus, ear infections, earache, tension headache, and migraines.
A yoga teacher once told me that the ear is shaped like a fetus: the lobe represents the curled feet, legs, and organs; the middle of the ear is the spine; and the top of the ear – the neck and head. When each part is massaged, it corresponds to massaging those parts of your body.
Here are a few benefits of doing your own ear massage. Trust me, it’s worth a try!
- Detoxification and stimulation of the body’s systems.
- Relaxing the body and the mind.
- Releasing endorphins which trigger a feeling of happiness.
- Enhancing the immune system.
- Improved skin quality due to better blood circulation.
- Relaxation of the jaw, tongue, and facial muscles.
- Improving your focus, attention, and listening comprehension.
- Enjoying the relaxing sensations from your own touch.
Best Ear Massage Techniques
There are many ways to massage your ears, here are a few:
- Pinch your ear from the top to bottom and from the bottom to the top. Pinching stimulates the ear nerve endings and will increase blood flow to the area making you feel more alert and awake.
- Rub the soft indentation just behind your ear lobe to stimulate relaxation.
- Press your hands over your ears and release to awaken your hearing.
The great appeal of ear massage is that you can do it anywhere, anytime, for any length of time… and feel less stressed and a little happier for it.
Happy ear massaging!
Do you find yourself feeling stressed lately? What do you do to lower your stress level? Have you thought to try ear massage? Has it helped? If you haven’t tried this method of stress relief, are you planning to? Which technique would you try first? Please share your favorite method of relaxation in the comment box below!