No.LeftRightThe Story
1Left hand on the left little toe
Right hand on Left deep 6 (Bubbling Well)
Right hand on the right little toe
Left hand on the right deep 6 (Bubbling Well)
Not to be confused with No.5. It helps directly 1st (SEL 6) and 4th depth (little toe) projects.
2. Place your hands on the calves – left hand on left side and right on right. Cross your hands and place them on the calves – left hand on the right side and right on the left.It helps 2nd depth projects and particularly the skin.
3. Place your hands on the back of the knees – left hand on the left side and right on right.Cross your hands and place them at the back of the knees – left hand on the right side and right on the left.Helps muscle projects which the project of 4th depth. In relation to 4th depth – it helps with reproduction and chemicals/toxins projects.
4. “Expand the Front”
Cross your hands and hold the ball of your feet – left hand wraps around right foot and righ hand around left.
“To Expand the Back”
Hold the ball of your feet – left hand wraps around left foot and right around the right.
If tension is in the front, use the “expand the front” side to alleviate it. If the tension is in the back, use the “expand the back” side.
5. Left hand on the left 6
Right hand on the left little toe
Right hand on the right 6
Left hand on the right little toe
Use to harmonize 1st depth.
I’ve used it in the afternoon after lunch when digestion made me drowsy.
6. Left hand on the left sitbone
Right hand along the left neck/shoulder
Right hand on the right sitbone
Left hand along the right neck/shoulder
Use it to help any 1st depth projects. Helps directly Diaphragm Function Energy and Descending Energy.
7. Left hand on the left low 8
Right hand on the left 16
Right hand on the right low 8
Left hand on the right 16
Use to help any 2nd depth projects. Helps directly Gall Bladder Function Energy.
Helps feet projects.
8.Right hand on the left 5
Left hand on the left 16
Left hand on the right 5
Right hand on the right 16
Helps 3rd depth projects.
9.Place our hands on the outside knees (8s) – left hand on the left side and right on the right.Place our hands on the outside knees (8s) – left hand on the left side and right on the right.Helps 4th depths projects. It helps when we feel too hot or too cold.
10Left hand on the left shoulder
Right hand on the left elbow thumbside (19)
Right hand on the right shoulder
Left hand on the right elbow thumb-side (19)
Helps 5th depth projects.
11Make a fist with the left hand (fingertips touch base of the thumb)
Right hand on the left shoulder
Make a fist with the right hand (fingertips touch base of the thumb)
Left Hand on the right shoulder
Helps 2nd depth projects.
It also directly harmonizes Lung and Large Intestine Function Energy.
12Make a circle by placing the left thumb over the left ring (Mudra No6) fingernail
Right hand on the left shoulder blade
Make a circle by placing the right thumb over the right ring fingernail (Mudra No6)
Left hand on the right shoulder blade.
Helps 5th depth projects.
This helps directly the harmonious flow of Heart and Small Intestine Function Energy.

Further Commentary

Sequence No. 5

I used it to help me stay alert after lunch. The difference between sequences No. 1 and 6 is the order of our hands. For self-help purposes, I doubt there is much difference, however. I like to apply them as they feel comfortable.

Sequence No. 7

This hold is a quickie/ self-help for opening the SEL 9. The 9’s can be hard to reach on oneself so holding Lo 8 and 16 is a good alternative. And just as the 9s are all about feet, the Special Body Function (2) helps all feet projects. I met a person once who claimed this sequence helped them with stopping the sense of nausea.

Mary Burmeister herself includes both applications [T2, p. 51] among several others. According to Wayne Hackett, it is especially good for chronic pain in the neck and helps opposite teeth and gums. Iole Lebensztajn offered it as a quickie for the Gall Bladder Function Energy.

Sequence No. 8

*Note. The sequence above is for self-help purposes. When applied to someone else, the sequence is modified so that the right hand always goes on SEL 5 and the left hand goes on SEL 16 regardless of the side.

Some of the symptoms that this sequence may relieve [T2, p. 52] are joint discomfort, rheumatism, and stiffness. In fact, Wayne Hackett says that this flow helps lubricate the body and helps us be limber. In light of all that, I tried an interesting experiment once during my Yoga practice. If you are like me and struggle to complete the Paschimottanasana, try holding your ankles with your hands rather than the toes. If you place your stretched fingers on both sides of each ankle, you will naturally reach SELs 5 and 6 on each ankle.  When I tried that, it felt much easier for me to hold that yoga posture than usual.

Another personal experience with this sequence is related to a head cold that I had once. By the second day, I was feeling stiff all over my body from lying too much on the couch. I used Special Body Function Energy (3) to help me with the illness-induced stiffness and aching.

Sequence No. 9

The disharmonies listed by M. Burmeister [T2, p. 53] are hip imbalance, stagnation of energy on one side of the body causing that shoulder to become higher or lower.

There are several flows that call for holding the eights with slight variations. The flow that calls for holding the center back of the knee is actually the harmonizing flow for the Right Diagonal Muscular Energy given in Text 2, page 46 which helps muscle regeneration. If you need to build new muscles, you will have to hold the Shifted 8s but with fingers pointing towards the feet (you sit facing the feet).  Here is a summary of the variations in holding the area of the SELs 8 and how they help.

NameReferenceHoldHelps
 Special Body (4)T2, p. 54 Both 8s Lateral (side)Structural symmetry of the body
Left Diagonal MuscularT2, p. 46Both 8s Medial (center back) for Left Flow Chemical Balance
Deep Skin Descending T2, p. 45Right on Left calf, Left on Right calf for Left Flow “Plastic Surgeon”

Look at the flow illustrated on page 53. There is no identification as to whether it is Left or Right. In fact, everything is very symmetric. You can use that function energy if you detect any asymmetries in the body, e.g. one shoulder higher than the other, one hip higher than the other.

SBFE (4) helps the same side hip, and the opposite neck, shoulder, and eye. My 95-yr old grandma validated the shoulder relief for me after I recommended that she hold her 8s to relieve tension in her hips. After several weeks, she reported that her shoulders were relaxed and tension-free.

Another situation in which I have used SBFE (4) was when I felt too cold or too hot. I was sitting in a chilled room just before an important presentation and I started shivering. Holding both 8s helped me feel better in less than 5 minutes. Interestingly, I didn’t feel warm or hot. Instead, I continued to be aware of the coldness in the room. Only,  it did not seem to disturb me anymore. More recently, I have used SBFE(4) in the sauna to help me better deal with the heat.

My discomforts are more frequently of the abdominal variety than the stomach, but once I had some aching stomach after dinner. Holding both 8s as in SBFE(4) sequence helped me deal with any discomforts in a very short amount of time.

Sequence No. 10

It relates and helps the 5th Depth and any 5-Depth projects. Helpful for arthritis and discomfort of joints. It’s a great Self-help sequence for daily aches and pain in the arm/elbow area

The disharmonies listed by M. Burmeister [T2, p. 54] are stagnation and hardening of joints from daily body fatigue function intermingling into the 12-fold body energy. This is due to body function energy unable to circulate freely through joints.

My friend Marie-Reine told me she used this flow to help her with some calcification issues. She got the inspiration to use this sequence from Wayne Hackett during one of his seminars in the Baltimore/Washington area. Apparently, I attended that seminar as well, but strangely had no memory of him talking about that. It’s always curious how each one of us remembers differently one and the same event!