With the first month of a new decade under our belts, we find ourselves already into February. February is more than a short month, a month filled with cold and snow, or the month of love – it’s the month of the heart. This month is a time to reflect and educate ourselves on the importance of our cardiovascular health, and what we can do to keep ourselves healthy and prevent any cardiovascular illnesses or diseases.
Did you know that heart disease affects approximately 2.4 million adults in Canada, and in the United States about 649,000 people die from heart disease each year – that’s one in every four deaths! In the United States cardiovascular disease is the number one leading cause of death for both men AND women, and the second leading cause of death in Canada. Think to yourself; do I have a family member, friend, or acquaintance who has been affected by cardiovascular disease? It’s quite common today, but there are things you can do to ensure you take care of your cardiovascular health.
During Heart Month, Reset Zone will be releasing mini-blogs in collaboration with Rz expert, Cathrine Page, to promote cardiovascular awareness, provide tips, help you stay healthy, and safeguard your heart.
When my heart is racing, and my mind is all over the map, I like to take a minute to reset myself. I sit down and use a practice I call the “Heart-Mind Pancake Flip”.
This adapted mediation is based on acupuncture points from a traditional Chinese medicine protocol I learned, and use in my practice every day.
At the base of the wrist there are two main acupuncture points, (see the chart) Heart 7 and Lung 9.
The first is Heart 7, the Spirit Gate. It activates the heart, clears the spirit and is especially good for emotional issues, worry and anxiety.
The second is Lung 9, the “Great Abyss”. It assists the body with releasing grief, filling the emptiness of spirit and promoting the circulation of blood and qi.
The trifecta in this protocol is a point further along the inside of the arm, Pericardium 6. Pericardium 6 regulates heart energy, calms the spirit and eases emotional imbalances.
You can see why these three points used together are a powerful tool in easing the mind, calming the spirit, and reviving the energy in your body.
Below is this gentle practice found on our app. Practice with slow breaths and slow movements to increase the flow of energy and easing of the emotions.
Much light and love,
Cathrine Page is an Integrative Holistic Health Practitioner, Tai Chi, Qigong and Meditation Teacher. With over 30 years of experience in the Health Care field, she lives her passion, shares her story and enjoys the journey. Cathrine offers innovative and new-age technology along with ancient natural and holistic medicines. Blending Eastern and Western Modalities for an enriching experience in cultivating wellness for the mind, body, and soul.
“Embrace your moments, emit your inner light, and embody your story.”