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This is a fun technique I use that has helped me calm down when stressed. It only takes a couple minutes. It's one of my "go-to" tools. It's fast and easy to do.
Your cortices are the right and left lobe of your brain. When both sides of your brain communicate properly, your whole body and well-being benefits.
However, when communication between the two sides of your brain misfire, havoc can take over. Handling stress becomes difficult, if not impossible. Thinking becomes cloudy.
And inner peace is impossible. So staying in balance is key on many levels for your emotional and physical health.
The right side of your brain is known as the creative side. Your taste in music, art and the ability to process and express your emotions are housed here.
The left side of your brain is often referred to as the logical side. This is where critical thinking takes place.
Keeping the communication strong between both cortices is important to maintaining a well balanced brain. And also to help keep your body in a state of homeostasis – it’s natural healthy state.
The simple relaxation technique of balancing your cortices is also linked to the well-being of your parasympathetic nervous system.
Your parasympathetic nervous system kicks into gear in an effort to help you recover from stress.
When your body is under constant stress, your built-in systems of defense and restoration take a beating. You set yourself up for becoming sick and in overall trouble.
I know several nurses who incorporate tapping out cortices on patients to help calm them. Brain injuries, learning difficulties and stroke victims have reported improvement with the use of balancing cortices.
One way to look at this is when your brain is not struggling with poor communication, you have more brain power to focus on life and the tasks in front of you.
You can buy a device on the Internet that claims to help you balance cortices and sells for under $200. Or you can take a couple minutes and learn this relaxation technique for free. See directions below.
Balancing cortices involves four brain lobes. All four brain lobes have a right and left side and control specific duties. Here is a short summary of your brain lobes:
Temporal lobes – how you hear, how you see things, how you respond emotionally to situations, what you retain, and your speech.- These lobes are located on both sides of your head, above your ears.
Occipital lobe- how you perceive colors and vision – located on the bottom back of head where your neck and back of skull connect.
Parietal lobe – processing information and how we handle pain –located about a hand position above your occipital lobe.
Frontal lobe – behavior and personality – located at the front part of your brain at your forehead area.
The process to balance cortices below was developed by John Velteim, creator and developer of the energy healing modality Body Talk.
Here's how I balance my cortices. It's a bit of multi-tasking with alternating between moving one hand up and over the lobes of the head then alternating with tapping the top of the head and sternum.
Use your imagination and hold the image in your mind of holding your lobes while tapping head and sternum. This might sound hard to do at first but it will become easier once you give it a try.
Step 1) place one palm of hand at base of skull, (occipital lobe) above top of neck. Use finger tips of other hand to tap on top of head, alternating with tapping on sternum.
Continue to hold back of head while tapping top of head and sternum for the count of two breaths in and out.
Step 2) Move hand that is at base of skull up one hand position (parietal lobe). Use finger tips of other hand to tap on top of head, alternating with tapping on sternum.
Continue to hold back of head while tapping on top of head and sternum for the count of two breaths in and out.
Step 3) Move hand up one position on head (top of head). Follow directions as before, remembering to tap on top of head and sternum.
Step 4) Move hand up one more position on head. Your hand will now be at the front of your head (frontal lobe).
Continue tapping top of head and sternum and breathing as before.
Step 5) Part 1 - Hold left hand on left side of brain. Hold right hand on right side of brain. Part 2 - Release hands from sides of head. Use your imagination/pretend to still hold sides of head.
Use one hand/fingertips and tap on top of head, alternating with tapping on sternum. Continue to tap and visualize holding sides of head while tapping for two full breaths in and out.
Finish by tapping top of head and sternum.
It is common to feel a tingling sensation when tapping on your head. This is good!