The Pick-Me-Up Protocol

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DON’T SUFFER FROM LOW ENERGY LEVELS! There are many quick energy pick-ups if you just know the secret. Take a look at the picture above. Funny-looking foot aside, do you see that it’s drawn as if you are looking at your own right leg and foot? (Apologies to everyone not enamored of toe rings.) The area to either rub, gently slap or carefully scrape runs parallel to your shin bone on the OUTSIDE (aka the less tender side) of the shin bone. Measure a consistent thumb’s width away from the shin bone running the length of the shin bone. DO NOT massage, gently slap or carefully scrape the area until you draw blood. Do massage, gently slap or carefully scrape the area as long as it feels good and/or is just slightly pink. When in doubt do less not more and always feel free to call the office if you have questions. Oh, and make sure to include the left as well as the right leg.

Have fun!

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Can’t Stay Awake?

Tired, Sleepy by jeanbee
Tired, Sleepy, a photo by jeanbee on Flickr.

Instead of reaching for yet another cup of coffee or frazzling energy drink, stand up, no matter where you are, and do this tried-and-true, incredibly mobile, no-cost TCM trick for boosting energy levels and clearing the head.

Stand with you feet planted firmly and your knees slightly bent. Let your arms hang loosely at your sides. Relax your shoulders down and away from your ears. Make sure all muscles are relaxed. Alternate rotating from your hips first to the left then right while allowing your slightly bent arms to simultaneously and gently strike across your abdomen and back. Keep your eyes open to avoid dizziness. Breathe deeply in and out from your abdomen. Repeat this flow until you feel your energy beginning to return.

Follow this up with gentle 10-finger tapping on the top of your head. With slightly bent fingers, use the tips to gently tap all around your head focusing mainly along the top. While tapping, breathe deeply in and out maintaining your inhaling slightly longer than your exhaling.

Feeling energized? Good! Get out there and conquer the world!