Author Julie Casper, L. Ac., is a hTMA clinician and educator, she works with patients across the U.S. and internationally. In addition, she supports health professionals who are interested in adding clinical hTMA to their practice. Contact: healthelite.org
Update: 12 December 2017
Author: Julie Casper, L. Ac.
Intensive rest therapy is a simple focusing technique that can be used to concentrate the benefits of rest into a shorter period of time.
The proper lying position requires a lumbar support (rolled up towel, hand-width) and support under your knees as shown. While lying in the correct position, envision energy flowing down and out with each breath. (Note: If you have spinal kyphosis or your shoulders are rolled forward, the arm position may cause brachial nerve impingement. You will be more comfortable using the arm position illustrated below or you can prop up your arms with pillows to relieve any discomfort.)
Within a few minutes you may begin to experience a subtle tingling sensation in your hands and limbs. In traditional Oriental medicine, this tingling sensation is known as Qi movement. This is a signal to relax more deeply. The energetic sensation will be felt throughout your entire body. Intensive resting therapy promotes physical and psychological health and a sense of well-being. Practice often (a good time is early afternoon).
For many people, lying on their back is an ideal position for sleeping because it allows internal organs to function unconstricted, enables complete diaphragm movement for full breathing capacity, and provides unrestricted spinal nerve function and spinal-cerebral fluid flow.
Follow these tips to help maintain a natural healthy curvature of the spine.
If you snore or suffer from apens or acid reflux, sleeping on your back may be difficult. A sleeping wedge can usually provide temporary relief from this problem and allow you to sleep on your back.
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