Today, the horses would like me to talk about flying and inner ear imbalances. A few days ago, I spoke to a dog, who was born in France and flew to Canada as a 6 month old. She was experiencing inner ear imbalance from the flight. The description she gave me was of when pressure builds in the ear canal while the plane is taking off, adjusting to alitude or landing and you yawn to clear it. She never cleared it. She was experiencing loss of hearing, clumsiness on stairs and jumping on and off the couch, it confused her and was causing some mental and emotional distress. So, these acupressure points are for all those lovely dogs, who have flown in airplanes. They are very beneficial to be aware of if you are intending to travel with your pet. Do them before the flight, during, if the pet is on the plane with you and a several times after landing and settling into the environment. These points are also beneficial if your dog is experiencing loss of hearing.
Acupressure is an ancient healing art developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago, using the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension, and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force energy (Qi or chi) to promote health and healing. Using the same points as Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupressure applies a comfortable range of pressure from gentle to firm. Acupressure is safe, non-toxic and definitely habit forming… And dogs absolutely love it!
Be aware that there is no “right” location in acupressure. The exact location of equine, canine, feline and human acupressure points depend on the source. Acupressure drawings offer you a guide, not an exact map. Do your best and trust your intuition. To perform acupressure, place the ball of your thumb or middle finger on the acupressure point. Gently apply direct pressure to the point while exhaling. Use prolonged pressure directly on the point; gradual, steady, penetrating pressure for approximately three minutes is ideal. Slowly release the point while inhaling.
GV 20- Hundred Meetings Location: On top of the head, in a notch just forward of boney protuberance on the midline, between the ears. Use back and forth motion in the notch. Benefits: Clears the mind and calms the spirit.
TW 21-Ear Gate Location: In front of the ear above SI 19
SI 19- Listening Palace Location: In front of ear below TW 21
GB 2- Reunion of Hearing Location: In front of ear below SI 19 Benefits: All of these points relieves ear aches, hearing problems, pressure inside ear, also alleviates jaw tension, toothaches and headaches.
TW 5- Outer Gate Location: Run your hand down the outside of a front leg. The point is in the indention between the bones, about a sixth of the distance between the wrist and elbow. Benefits: Ear problems, nausea, vomiting, stiffness in head, shoulders and neck, regulates and relaxes entire body.
H 7- Spirit Gate Location: On the outside back of the the lower front leg. Bend the wrist and feel for the large, natural depression formed slightly above and behind the wrist crease. Benefits: Relieves anxiety and fear, quiets mind, calming and strengthening the spirit.