The world is experiencing a pandemic crisis that I have never seen in my lifetime. Even my mother hasn’t seen this in her lifetime. We are inundated hourly with new information, updates and prevention measures. Currently, the world is in a social lockdown and feels as if in a constant state of anxiety and stress.
As many of you know, I use a non-traditional manual therapy called IMT, created by Sharon Weiselfish Giammatteo. You can read about IMT here.
Giammatteo created an at-home component of IMT that anyone can do for themselves called neurofascial process, or NFP.
Using NFP for stress management
The process is very simple. You place your hands on your body over specific body sites and the healing wisdom of your body will take over to calm your nervous system and support your immune system.
Here’s how it works:
Place one hand on your ureters (lower back) and your other hand on the following locations:
- Mid-back or across your upper abdomen (whichever position is most comfortable) – to support your adrenals, kidneys
- Forehead between your eyebrows – to support your limbic system
- Chest – to support your heart/vagus nerve
Hold each connection for 5 minutes and then move onto the next hand placement. The process can be done in any position — sitting, standing or laying down — and another person can use their hands to help. (However your dog, cat or an inanimate object cannot.) Do this process one or more times per day. You can never have enough or do too much NFP! If you want to read more about it, Giammatteo wrote a book about NFP, Body Wisdom.
In addition to using NFP, it’s important to keep moving.
Focus on any exercise you can do at home such as walking, running, and getting OUTSIDE to enjoy the weather as best you can. Staying active and getting fresh air and sunshine will support your nervous and immune systems.
Wishing you, your family and friends good health and grace as we move through this world crisis together.
All the best!