Jin Shin Do Foundation for Bodymind Acupressure

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.

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."

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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 You.)

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