I learned this from a book loaned to me by my qigong instructor (Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body by Qigong and Tao Tai Chi Master Bruce Frantzis). I teach an adapted version to my clients who have acute localized pain. You don’t need to be a Qigong Master to use this. But you do need to focus your attention on the area with intense pain, and it is helpful if you can reach the area comfortably, or have a friend touch it. I am of the belief that when we attend to the feeling of pain, whether emotional or physical, it opens us to the possibility that we can master it.
Focused Attention and Stagnant Qi
Focused attention to one area of the body stimulates the proprioceptors and other nerves which give us awareness of sensation and movement. The more you awaken sensation, the more you can move or release tension. Not moving, poor circulation, accumulation of waste products, excessive firing of nerve endings all may contribute to localized pain. In Chinese terms, you might have stagnant Qi.
Release Pain with QiGong Breath
If you are a massage therapist, or want to help a friend who has acute localized pain, it is good to practice this on yourself first, several times a day, for several days. Then it will be easy to coach someone else.
1. Put your finger on the painful spot, and intensely focus your mind there.
2. Imagine and visualize your breath going out through that spot. Or feel as though your nostrils are located there, and all your outgoing breath exits your body though that spot. Do not change your breathing pattern or force your breath; just allow.
3. Once that is established and easy, visualize or feel an ice cube at that spot. Allow your outgoing breath to start melting the ice cube. Ice melts from the outside in.
4. Once the ice cube is melted, continue to send your outgoing breath there, until it turns to vapor.
5. Once it turns to vapor, check to see if there is still pain. If so, repeat the ice cube cycle until the pain is gone. If you are practicing to become more skilled at using the Qigong breath, find another spot of pain and repeat this exercise.