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August 12, 2005

Emotional Chest Tension

It is the dog days of summer here in Alabama, and the heat is downright oppressive. In chinese medicine, late summer is considered the fifth season and issues involving heat invasion are the norm.

I've seen a good bit of "heat invasion" in my practice this week. It has presented itself as stress and tension in the chest and thoracic outlet area. It has created a great deal of anxiety in its sufferers and gives the client the sense that they cannot catch their breath.

My approach with these cases has been to use gentle, calming strokes and craniosacral therapy. Releasing tension in the ribs and opening the shoulders up and out of the chest helps alleviate tension, opens the chest and calms the client making them feel as though they breathe deeply.

Posted by linda at August 12, 2005 8:04 AM

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