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A 'handy' way to increase regulation

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A 'handy' way to increase regulation
Have you ever been stressed to the point that you have the need, the compulsion, to do ‘something’? You’re not sure what but, as the saying goes, ‘anything is better than nothing’.
Today’s topic is about unobtrusive small actions that can be taken to help regulate the body and encourage the feeling of control.

If you're feeling out of kilter, don't know why or what about, let your feet reveal the answer, find the sore spot, work it out. (reflexology also applies to hands and other parts of the body)
 ~Eunice Ingham, physical therapist

Reflexology can be defined as a reflex technique, based on the neurobiochemical action that is produced by stimulating a specific area of the foot and that has a general or partial repercussion in the organism (body). (reflexology also applies to hands and other parts of the body)
 ~Dr. Manzanares

Action Ideas
On a scale of 1-10, I’m not sure anything here would crack the top 5 but that isn’t the point. The main point today is to supplement our ‘regulation toolbox’. In general, having the option to do something, anything, is preferable to having no option. It can give a sense of choice and control.  That’s the focus here. It’s about providing an option.

The following is a sampling of self-massages, mostly for hands, which can be done quite easily, while standing or sitting.

Two points: many of the videos I watched spoke about deep breathing while doing the massage. Even if the massage is done in the wrong spot and in the wrong way, if it’s a trigger to breathe deeply, then it’s a useful exercise.

The hand movements can be completed in two positions. One with the hands starting in the ‘prayer position’ and the other one with the ‘fingertips of one hand to the wrists of the other’. Most of the videos I watched were done in the ‘prayer position’ but might be less obtrusive if done the other way.

1. Breathe deeply while applying pressure in a circling movement around the knuckle, palm-side, of each of the 4 fingers.
2. Find the intersection below your little finger and where your wrist bends. Apply pressure down and towards the hand, and breathe deeply.
3.This one is more noticeable but one I use a lot when stopped at red lights (I don’t know where I learned this one, but it was years ago and it feels good to me). I rub a spot called K27 (the 27th point on the kidney meridian). It can be rubbed, tapped or thumped. This video shows the K27 point as well as other points for de-stressing.

To find K27, picture the knot in a man’s tie. Put an index finger on either side of the knot, along the collarbone. Move each finger to the side about an inch and down about an inch. Somewhere in that area, there’ll be a depression/dip. It’s often easy to find because it’s very sensitive. Don’t overwork the area.
4. Rubbing your ears (auricular therapy) or points on the base of the head can also be useful.
5. Hand reflexology can also be offered as a service to others, as pictured above. Bonus to you if you do. You are engaging your hand muscles and applying pressure on your own pressure points while caring for someone else.
6.Of course there are also tried and true fidget items that can help disperse energy and increase focusCheck out some of our options.

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P.S. Since I know nothing about reflexology, I can’t evaluate the samples of videos provided. As mentioned, the purpose of the videos is to offer you another option. If it resonates with some of your clients or yourself, wonderful! If not, well, that’s why Take AIM was called Take AIM (Take An InnovAID Moment). We respect your time.

Have you found any non-conspicuous ways to increase regulation? If you have, please share. By sharing, you might be making someone else’s life easier.

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