Exercise One- Do the flower picking breath. Imagine a field of flowers in front of you. Gently pluck a flower with one hand, put it up to your nose, innnnn-hale the smell deeply and exxxx-hale the sound aaaaaaah. Do it again…we always do a minimum of three…Pluck the flower…put it up to your nose…Innnn-hale deeply and exxxxx-hale aaaaaaah. Now one more time….Innn-hale and exxxxx-hale aaaaaaaah. Remember to do this throughout the day. It relaxes our whole body, calms our spirit and clears the mind.
Exercise Two- Repeat this little mantra to yourself as often as possible. It tranquilizes the mind and relieves mental distress. “I now allow all outer and inner sounds to focus my attention and awareness on my job, and my job is to relax, breath and enjoy myself.”
The peace of mind acupressure points.
Acupressure is an ancient healing art developed in Asia over 3,000 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 the horses highly recommend it!
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 and move on to the next point. Take some quiet time afterwards to restore, relax and resurface. If you’re on the move, massage a few points-even a quick application of pressure on whichever points you feel drawn to do, will have some benefit. Trust yourself, relax, breath deeply, go with the flow of energy and enjoy!