How to easily perform the thymus tap at home to support the immune system and boost energy. Includes a video demonstration.
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- What is the thymus?
- Thymus tapping benefits
- How to perform the thymus thump
- Video demonstration
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What Is The Thymus?
The thymus is a gland located behind the breastbone/sternum. It’s a part of our endocrine system, helping to control our metabolism and convert the foods we consume into energy. It also produces T cells, a type of white blood cell, which are a vital part of our immune system to help prevent and fight illness (1, 2).
Daily stressors, poor diet causing nutritional deficiencies and ageing can result in the thymus shrinking causing a decrease in the number of these white blood cells being produced and impaired metabolism resulting in reduced energy and increased fatigue (1).
Thymus Tapping Benefits
Thymus thumping involves tapping the thymus with our fist or fingers. The vibrations from this tapping stimulates the production and release of white blood cells to support the immune system and increases blood and oxygen flow to boost energy.
How To Perform The Thymus Thump
- Tapping the thymus can be performed sitting, laying down on your back or standing.
- Form a fist with your hand and tap firmly, but not uncomfortably, in the centre of your chest about 2 inches below the u shaped notch at the top of your breastbone.
- Perform for 20 seconds moving 2-3 inches up and down the breastbone, while breathing deeply in and out.
- Repeat 1-3 times a day.
There are other simple exercises we can perform to benefit our physical and mental health, like these 10 Nervous System Reset Exercises, 14 exercises, therapies and foods to activate our parasympathetic nervous system and vagus nerve, the state we need to be in for our body to rest, heal, regenerate and become stronger, including stimulating these Vagus Nerve Acupressure Points and performing the Half Salamander and The Basic Exercise. If struggling with uncomfortable symptoms and emotions, somatic tracking can help switch off the signal that causes them to help provide relief in the long term when implemented regularly.
As stress can negatively affect thymus gland function, implementing these 5 swaps for your morning routine to help when waking up with anxiety, 6 daily habits to improve mental health, implementing gratitude journaling ideas using this A to Z Gratitude List as a guide, and starting a Brain Dump Journal to offload our thoughts and feelings can all help.
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