In this modern age with computer, TV, mobile and kindle screens to keep us occupied, it is not surprising that our eyes will take some strain at some point. A lot of people ask me about self help for the eyes. Well, the good news is that there are some simple Jin Shin Jyutsu self help exercises for sore, tense eyes.
Hold middle finger
The easiest way to help release tension in the eyes is to hold the middle fingers. If the left eye feels more tense than the right then hold the left middle finger, and vice versa for the right side. Just wrap your right hand around the left middle finger and relax the hands. No need to push, pull or apply pressure. Hold until you feel relief. You might want to sit quietly and comfortably with your eyes closed for a few minutes.
Hold the base of the skull (occiput)
Placing your fingers at the base of the skull not only helps the eyes. This is a great self help exercise to fall asleep. You can do this by lying comfortably, with pillows supporting your arms if necessary. Placing the hands on the energy sites (Safety Energy Locks) 4 in Jin Shin Jyutsu, also helps clear head and throat discomforts and basically relaxes the WHOLE body. Place your fingers and relax the hands. The 4s are our ‘personal eye doctor’. If you want to work on the left eye, then hold right SEL 4, if you want to work on the right eye, hold left SEL 4.
Apart from alleviating stress, tension and soreness in the eyes, this self help exercise might help prevent eye projects like cataracts or other conditions. Good also for ‘floaters’. According to the Mayo clinic, “eye floaters are spots in your vision. Most are caused by age-related changes that occur as the jelly-like substance (vitreous) inside your eyes becomes more liquid. Microscopic fibres within the vitreous tend to clump and can cast tiny shadows on your retina.”
To practice this exercise I like to lie comfortably (I do like being comfortable!). If you need to, you can use pillows to support your arms. For the RIGHT eye, place your right fingers/hand on the LEFT base of skull. Place your LEFT hand just under your RIGHT cheek bone. Reverse the hands for the other eye, so for the LEFT eye, place LEFT hand on right base of skull and RIGHT hand on left cheek bone. Relax the hands and enjoy!
Practice these exercises a few minutes each day and no doubt you will SEE the difference (literally).
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Please note that these exercises are in no way a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or supervision.