A.Thyroid and Parathyroid: Site of Courage, the Power of Speech (Fig. 4.41)
The neck carries the busiest traffic in the body and is the seat of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. (Fig. 4.42) When you massage here, you increase the body’s metabolism. Neck tension can also be caused by emotional imbalance. When we are tense and nervous, we are responding to negative emotions, such as anger, fear and sadness. The neck is similar to a traffic bottleneck. All of the signals, as well as the emotions, have to pass through it. When under stress and under emotional strain, the neck starts to accumulate and jam the tension. Unconsciously, the neck muscles tighten, attempting to block out pain. Keeping the neck soft will help Chi flow to the higher center that is located in the brain, keeping the mind and body in harmony together.
Tension in the neck can make you less courageous. When the neck is tense, it will block self expression in the throat. With proper flow of Chi energy, we can express ourselves appropriately at the proper time, place, and in a proper way.
The neck is the passageway of many meridians and is the channel of the Chi energy of the organs. In the middle is the Governor meridian. On the sides are the bladder meridian, the triple warmer meridian and the large intestine meridian. The emotions passing through the meridians of the neck may tense and jam up there.
|Hastiness||Heart/Small Intestine/Triple Warmer|
Bring Chi Energy to the Hands.
Do the procedure for bringing energy to the hands and contract the front of the anus.
Spread your thumbs apart from your other fingers. Alternating hands, rapidly wipe the neck from the chin to the base nine to thirty- six times. (Fig. 4.42)
Alternating hands, use the middle three fingers to rapidly wipe down the middle of the neck from the chin to the base nine to thirty-six times. The thyroid and parathyroid glands are in the front section of the neck. Use your thumb and the three other fingers to massage these glands. Find the painful points and massage them until you feel them open. Massaging this area will help to increase metabolism and the power of speaking.
Sink your chin down, then out and up. (Fig. 4.43) Feel your spine press down and then expand. This will help loosen the vertebrae and discs of your neck.
Move your chin forward, circling out, then down, then up, and out again. (Fig. 4.44) Feel your spine expand and then contract.
Massage the Neck.
Massage the points along the back of the neck and on the back along the cervical vertebrae. Start from the shoulders and go up to the base of the skull. (Fig. 4.45) Use your fist to hit along the neck. (Fig. 4.46) Find any painful spots and any tense spots and massage until they are released. This will greatly help to release the tension of the neck and help to detoxify the toxic accumulations in the neck area, the causes of many headaches.
Many people feel tense and worried, and their shoulders are tight and held up. The way to release the tension is by pulling up your shoulders to press against the neck, tightening the muscles of the neck and shoulders. Hold for a while, exhale deeply, and let them drop down, pulled by gravity like a sack of potatoes. (Fig. 4-47) Feel the burden, worry, and stress drop down to the feet and out to the ground. Feel yourself grounded. Do this three to nine times, and the tension and worry will go away.
Relax your shoulders and chest, exhale and release more, until you feel the tenseness gone.