Acu-Points Plus Suggestions
Help Senior Triathlon Athlete
by Doreen Bakstad,
Authorized JSD Teacher, Coombs, B.C.
At a recent triathlon, I had occasion to do some
emergency point work on a buddy from my Master's swim club. Owen is an active, healthy,
retired 68-year-old. Not only does he swim regularly, but he also runs two or three times
weekly and fits in a cycle or two. He competes in both swimming and running events.
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The day of the triathlon was sunny and hot. Several hundred people were
milling about, loudspeakers were blasting out loud rock music. In short, the atmosphere
was quite characteristic.
Though he lagged in the swim portion, Owen completed the cycle and the
run in fine form. Then he chatted with his wife, and was interviewed by the local TV.
Fifteen minutes after finishing the race, he felt dizzy and went to sit in the shade. A
teammate, an ER nurse by profession, went to ask if he was okay. When she took his pulse,
it was rapid and erratic. His skin was cold and clammy, and he was having some trouble
breathing. In minutes, two other members of our swim club, both nurses, and our coach, an
ambulance paramedic, were with Owen. As they consulted, they had him lie down and wrapped
him in towels and T-shirts. Suspecting atrial fibrillation, they were deciding to call the
ambulance and to get the portable oxygen from the pool when I came upon them.
I asked Owen if I could hold some acu-points. He nodded. I held JSD #27
and instructed one of the nurses to hold it on the other side.With my other hand, I palmed
"B" (CV 17). "Close your eyes," I suggested. "Turn your attention
inward. Be with your breath. Let all the noise and chaos be outside. Sure, notice you're
embarrassed by all this attention, all these women, and be with your breath. Let it
fill your abdomen. Feel my hand on your chest. Feel our hands on your arms. And be
with your breath."
With my voice and my words, I was helping Owen to move from the
outside to the inside, and I was helping create a space for him to connect with
himself. Within a couple of minutes in fact, by the time the oxygen arrived his pulse had
slowed and steadied. The ER nurse was amazed! We gave him oxygen anyway. Our coach, the
paramedic, checked his blood pressure. The reading was a little high.
About this time, I removed my hand from "B" and instinctively
held the JSD #20s (GB 21). All the while, I continued to encourage Owen to stay with his
breathing, and maybe to find a place where he could even enjoy all this attention.
He grinned! When the ambulance arrived about three minutes later, Owen was feeling fine.
All his vitals were checked, and all were okay! Unfortunately, once the ambulance is
called, they are required to transport the patient to the hospital. A more thorough
going-over only confirmed that Owen was all right.
The nurses were all astounded at the quick change in the pulse rate and
quality. As well, they all noticed an immediate shift in Owen's breathing, in that it
deepened and opened. They all credited the acupressure and, of course, wanted to know
more! The time I spent holding points was no more than 5 minutes. The point work along
with the inner focusing was simple, yet totally effective, and I believe it was the two
things in combination that yielded success.
"Touch and verbal suggestion is more
effective than touch alone."
Sidney Rosen, MD, in a lecture at the 5th. international congress on
Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis & Psychotherapy. (Author of My Voice Goes With
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