“Massage your ears daily and your organs and whole body will benefit”
Rubbing your ears sends happy feelings into your body by triggering the release of brain endorphins. The simple act of touch alone is very healing. It boosts the immune cells in your body, reduces feelings of stress or anxiety and helps you relax.
When you rub, pull, gently twist, unroll or massage your ears you stimulate lots of energy points that run through the ears and then into your body. The Chinese have used ear reflexology via acupressure and acupuncture for thousands of years to address all sorts of health issues in the body. Ayurvedic medicine has also known for centuries that the marma (energy) points in your ears connect to your organs and whole body.
You certainly don’t need an understanding of ear reflexology to receive all the soothing, relaxing and well-being benefits. Simply do what feels right for you (rub, pull, massage, oil, no oil, gentle, firm, all over, along the outside or only the ear lobes) to refresh your thinking, calm yourself down, energize your body or release a healthy dose of endorphins into your blood stream.
Following is a collection of therapeutic ear massages that I have come across over the years. Hope you find one or more that you can enjoy throughout your days.
8 of the best therapeutic ear massages:
1. Hand yoga for ears:
Cup your hands and place your left palm on your left ear and right palm on your right ear. Close your eyes and drop your shoulders. Gently move your hands in a smooth circular motion, massaging the outer area of your ears with your palms. Continue for at least a minute and then repeat in the opposite direction. Helps you disconnect, just for a moment from the busyness of the outside world and relieve any built-up anxiety.
2. Ear lobe massage:
Use your thumb and index fingers to gently massage your ear lobes in small circles. After a few delicious minutes move your fingers up to the middle of the outside of your ears, and gently rotate your entire ear in circles. Great for tension in the upper body and over – thinking.
Your ear lobes are energetically linked to your brain. When the right ear lobe is massaged it allows the left brain and pituitary gland to become stimulated. When the left ear lobe is massaged it allows the right brain and pineal gland to become stimulated, giving you a whole brain experience.
3. Ayurvedic style with warm sesame oil:
Massage gently the outer area of your ear with your fingers and warmed sesame oil (organic almond or coconut oil can also be used ). Next, add a few drops of oil to your index fingers and gently massage the entrance to your ear canals with small, soft circular movements. It’s very soothing to your sense of hearing and helps alleviate tension in your jaw and neck.
Ayurvedic medicine, for thousands of years, has recommended a daily self massage (abhyanga) for your whole body first thing in the morning, as it has a very calming and deeply nourishing effect on your nervous system.
4. Improve your focus by unrolling your ears:
Improve attention and focus by gently unrolling the outer area of your ears, from the very top down to the bottom. Repeat three times.
This clever little brain gym exercise is usually taught to children first thing in the morning at school to help them learn more effectively. Perhaps you might like to try it before you start your next task.
5. A simple ear meditation:
For the next minute or so, treat your ears to a peaceful dose of silence and healing energy. Rub both your hands together until some heat builds up. Cover your ears with the warmed cupped palms of your hands. Left palm cupped over left ear. Right palm cupped over right ear. Hold for about 30 seconds, then repeat.
Feel the warm energy relax and soothe the area in and around your ears. This simple practice is deeply calming.
6. Ear aerobics for energy:
If you really need to energize yourself then give your ears the full aerobic workout. Use your fingers to rub and massage every inch of your outer ears. Gradually move towards the centre of your ear, massaging all the tricky, hard to get at places. Now, move to behind your ears, pushing the ear flaps slightly forward so you can massage well behind your ears and into the ridge that connects your ear to your skull. Feel the heat, blood flow and energy increase. You should now feel more energized and alert.
If you notice some areas of your ears are sore or sensitive to touch, you may wish to spend a few moments giving this spot a gentle circular massage.
7: Qi gong ear massage:
Scrub the ears from front to the back with the palms of your hands. Continue 18 times. This will energize your entire body. If you wish to stimulate your organs then spend longer scrubbing the centre area of your ears.
8: Pull ear lobes 6 times:
The pomodoro method recommends the following exercise to practice in between finishing one task and starting another.
Take your earlobes between your thumb and forefinger and lightly pull downwards. Breathe out gently. Repeat six times. If you feel freshness in your eyes and your hearing has gotten clearer, great! The exercise has done its job.
This article appears on Midlifexpress with Carole’s kind permission. You can read more of her lovely writing at her blog, thehealthylivinglounge.com