Enhancing immunity & vitality.
There are many ways to support and boost the immune system - activating the thymus gland can be another helpful technique to support your health and vitality, especially when your immune system is down and/or you feel stressed.
What is the Thymus Gland?
Located behind the upper part of your chest bone (you may be able to feel a tiny bump in the sternum bone right over it), the thymus gland is one of our endocrine glands. It is involved in the lymphatic system, the body's defence network, and closely associated with the immune system.
Essentially, the thymus produces and ‘trains’ immune cells to help fight infections and protect the body. The interesting part is that it is largest in children and only active until puberty – thus, it plays an important role in the development of a normal, healthy immune system, especially in a young child. As we age, the thymus starts to slowly shrink and eventually (in the mid 70’s) consists mainly of fatty tissue. Regardless of our age or where the thymus is at, it is beneficial to connect with and tap the area as outlined below.
Thymus Tapping technique
Thymus Tapping aims to strengthen our immunity and vitality. Dr. Scott, the developer of Health Kinesiology, found that it brings a person into a temporary meridian energy balance. The more regularly we tap our thymus, the better as it acts like an energy toning for our energy pathways (meridians) and, over a period of time, helps us stay in balance.
Thymus Tapping is easy do and the good news is, you cannot overtap it:
- Gently yet firmly tap a circle in an anti-clockwise direction (refer to image) - the vibration generated by the drumming fingertips stimulates the thymus gland and also releases any stress or tension held in this area
- Do this for a few rounds for ~1-2 minutes while focusing on your breathing
- You can repeat this as often as you like - it is also a great energiser to start your day (you can combine with your grounding practice)
- I also like to place my hand on the thymus prior / post the tapping to tune in and create a sense of connection
- The palm of your other hand can be placed on your navel for additional centering.
As always, listen to your body and observe whether this is beneficial for you - everyone has different needs and if in doubt, conduct further research or consult with your healthcare professional.
Did you know?
Electro-Magnetic Fields (EMF) emitted from devices such as mobiles and laptops interfere with the thymus gland and our immune function – studies have shown this, too. With the ever growing screen time, it is something to stay mindful of.