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DIY: Ancient anxiety medicine.

February 18, 2020


  • Reply Carmel D'Almeida January 21, 2016 at 12:59 am

    Thanks Irene, I need to remember this and also practice it.

  • Reply Carmel D'Almeida January 21, 2016 at 12:59 am

    Thanks Irene, I need to remember this and also practice it.

  • Reply Crystal Di Domizio January 21, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    AMAZING! Wow, could I ever feel this calm my nervous system down. I almost cried too. Such a simple but powerful tool <3

  • Reply Harmony Restored January 21, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    This is wonderful, thank you!

  • Reply Lalita Holmes January 23, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Thank you ! love this technique and sharing it with as many as possible

  • Reply TheGrannieNannie March 24, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Thank you for all you do. This video is Very helpful.

  • Reply tnflutist June 25, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Wonderfully simple tool that worked for me! I shared it with several friends tonight. I haven't yet dived in to your work but I'm excited to learn more.

  • Reply Mark K July 10, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Hi, lovely Idea, thank you – a very good friend shared this. I had to stop after just under 5 minutes as it was too much for me personally in my state of anxiety, stress, ptsd etc but this is great the 5 minutes I managed were good for me. Have you considered 1 or 2 minute versions? Bright Blessings and many thanks to you and the work you are doing in service xx Marcus_Bollonius (UK)

  • Reply quantumyear July 13, 2017 at 12:08 am

    I am very familiar with this technique! This is the Triple Warmer/Spleen Hug, that Donna Eden from Eden Energy Medicine has been teaching for decades! One hand is over one of the T.W. point on the upper arm, the other is on a Spleen point under the arm. It calms the Triple Warmer, the meridian governing the fight, flight or freeze response while the Spleen meridian boosts our immune system, increase our vitality and acts as a nurturing mother. What fun to see this exercise crossing over various approaches!

  • Reply LilRedHen July 16, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Irene, i'm not sure if you are moderating the comments on this video anymore, but i wondered about something… I first came across this calming exercise with a video I watched with Peter Levine being interviewed about safety and trust and feeling anxious. I tried it, and promptly burst into tears. After a few minutes, the tears passed and i started yawning. I tried the exercise again a few days later and had the exact same response. Now, as I try it with you, I am having the same reaction. What is that?! My sense its that its supposed to calm me… but it seems to be a release point of some kind and i'd love to understand a little more about it!!! Thank you for all that you do. Kristin

  • Reply Desansiedad August 3, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Irene, I've being watching you since last week and I feel we are on very similar tracks, by any chance you have material in Spanish? my followers would be very happy to read/hear what you have to tell them, it's great to find you and see that what I have discover to deal with anxiety is shared by other professionals. Congratulations and thank you!

  • Reply Maureen Giasson August 16, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Thank you Irene. I found this very helpful. Also, the information on the breath and heart rate. <3

  • Reply Alexa August 27, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    This felt amazing. Is it normal to laugh. I couldn't control it, I just erupted in genuine laughter. It was quite cathartic.

  • Reply Luca Martin October 19, 2017 at 10:17 am

    JIN SHIN JYUTSU, what does it mean?

  • Reply Sean J Kennedy April 5, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    A self-hug!

  • Reply Usman Qureshi April 23, 2018 at 1:51 am

    Top of the line usman

  • Reply firefly198 April 25, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Hi Irene, does this work if you're sat cross-legged, or is it best to do it with your feet on the floor?

  • Reply Kristina V July 3, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Thank you sooooooooo much ❤️💞🌸

  • Reply PEARLS of Psychology July 7, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Where Peter Levine introduces those positions in a video, I thought: This is like JIN SHIN JYUTSU!!! (?)

    Thank you, Irene, for giving it the credit it deserves!

    I have been using JSJ since 2011 – the whole shebang with the meridian hand positions as well as the grand central to give myself energy that helped to get out of the burnout – and I would say this certainly helped me with anxiety and shyness. I used to be so shy and anxious. If one takes it further, using the bladder and kidney meridian hand positions every day for a while, one will certainly notice a shift.
    Also when I felt depressed it helped me doing certain hand positions. Using our hands is what we have at our disposal wherever we are at any time. It is only natural, right? When we bang our head, what do our hands do automatically? When we have lower back pain, where do our hands go (actually a JSJ hand position too)
    Therefore I am a big fan of hand positions/ JSJ since I know they have a very powerful impact on us.

  • Reply Jupperna October 6, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    I've done it like the whole video and I'm still panicky :/ there's something about hugging myself that really scares me and I have no idea why. It did help me notice some other feelings tho, like anger and tiredness

  • Reply Ece Erdem October 27, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Oh my god I just can’t help but notice how similar these calming practices to yoga, especially the calming, realizing the tension and trying to release it and similar to mindfulness as well. So many connections in my brain are happening right now hahah

  • Reply Shelly H November 3, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    Works quite well for nervous aggravation. Thanks.

  • Reply Karen McPaul November 5, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    Does it matter if hands are in opposite position to what u show?

  • Reply kathryn braithwaite February 17, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Hi I’m in process of rehabilitation of my nervous system after years of being trapped in flight flight freeze with crazy levels of anxiety for twenty years. I had a complete breakdown where my body is stuck with excruciating tension. When I go to my body and feel it and sense it, it’s so overwhelming I end up screaming running or convulsing. I know there is a way through this. But I don’t know how to stop retraumatising. I do have a clinical psychologist and will start TRE work this week. The tsunami is over flowing. Thank you for your wonderful work x

  • Reply Diana Boughner February 28, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    👍💖 Thank you Irene. Amazing. I felt a warm energy and a smile with much gratitude for all my body had gone through and how it got me through all of the trauma without totally collapsing, giving up, or dying. Wonderful and helpful centering self-help tool. 😊

  • Reply Funny Knights March 31, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Wow this really helps! Thank you so much❤️

  • Reply Simone El ́Sherin Prager April 1, 2019 at 6:15 am

    The Freeze Response can be causing the shallow breathinh as well <3

  • Reply Marcia Patrice Ganeles-Kislik June 27, 2019 at 2:56 am

    I used this today during group therapy where I was feeling a lot of anxiety and depression and felt like I was leaving my SELF. This was very helpful. Thanks for this tip.

  • Reply Charli Haynes December 9, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Irene, not everybody is a contortionist. I have fibromyalgia and I can't possibly get my right hand near my rib cage. It ends up being very frustrating. I could only get my right hand as far as underneath my left boob. Otherwise I have severe shoulder pain. Please realize that taking the right hand and bringing it all the way to the rib cage is really actually quite challenging. Can'tI just have my damn right hand underneath my left breast?????I know my heart is in there somewhere. Please let me know.

  • Reply gonnabapro December 17, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    So grounding and calming thank you! Did this before bed last night and woke up feeling so good.

  • Reply Ellen Keeler January 20, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you!. I love the gentleness how you explain the process of healing.

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