When most people get a cold they immediately look for commercial pharmaceuticals for remedies. However, there are many medicines and methods to cure congestion that have been around for a lot longer than Tylenol has.
Jin Shin Jyutsu is a physio-philosophy that focuses on harmonizing life energy in the body. This ancient art originated in Japan and was passed down through generations by teachings and word of mouth. It is also a practice that can be used to open up airways in the nasal passage and reduce congestion.
In English, Jin Shin Jyutsu translates to Art of the Creator through Man of Knowing and Compassion. It is supposed to be the art of releasing tension in the body, tension that causes many of the symptoms that we all experience on a regular basis.
Jin Shin Jyutsu teaches it’s practitioners to get rid of tension by placing their hands in specific places on the human body. This allows our energy to “flow” through our body uninterrupted
Here is a method that makes use of both the decongestant properties of saltwater and the ancient practices of Jin Shin Jyutsu to ensure that you breath easily during those cold seasons.
Saltwater is a natural decongestant and is effective at removing mucous from the nasal area and reducing postnasal drip.
Start off by inhaling natural sea saltwater through each of your nostrils individually. There are many saline nasal sprays available for purchase over-the-counter, but you can also make your own solution at home.
To make a homemade saline nasal spray, mix two to three spoons of non-iodized salt to a quart of water. Try using kosher salt as it has no additives.
Although it would be ideal to pour the saline solution into a small spray-bottle so you can easily spray it into each of your nostrils, you can also pour a small amount of the it into the palm of your hand and inhale the liquid from there.
Jin Shin Jyutsu
There are several different holds found in Jin Shin Jyutsu that are meant for getting rid of nasal congestion.
Start off by holding the top of each of your shoulder blades, left hand on your left side, right hand on your right side.
Then move your left hand to the left side of the base of your skull. Stay in this position for a few minutes and then move your right hand and place it on your right eyebrow.
After a few minutes, move your right hand to your right cheek, close to your nose. Stay in this position for a few minutes and then move your right hand to the centre of your collarbone, close to your sternum.
This exercise is meant to clear the nasal passages on the right side of your face. To clear the left side just reverse the position and movement of your hands.