I had a cold a couple of weeks ago and lying in bed reading just made it feel worse. getting up made feel dizzy and sick. So I decided to try a really long palming session. I palmed for 4 hours (lying down). I had breaks every 30 minutes to an hour to get water.
I can definitely say it was worth it, I learned a lot about how listening to my body can help it immediately.
From the perspective of my cold, it took away my congestion within 10 minutes. At first, when I would stand up the congestion came back right away. When I was done though, it took the congestion a couple of hours to come back.
After a couple of hours of palming my chest relaxed and my breathing suddenly was so free. It was actually startling. I remember the tinnitus in my ear stopped, my breathing was easy and full. The sense of ease was so different from anything I’d experienced before that I was a bit shocked and some of the tension returned.
At the third hour I had a big breakthrough. my neck started to hurt, it was a cramp starting from my shoulder and I could feel it reaching around my head like a tension headache. Normally at this point I would have lowered my hands from palming and tried to stretch out my neck or something. But I had become more in tune with my body as a result of palming for three hours and I just intuitively held my head with both hands, and moved it slightly so that my chin tucked in closer to my chest and my neck stretched out. I had been pulling my head back unconsciously. As soon as I released this pulling, tightening by shifting my head and just letting go, I felt this amazing release along my entire spine. And then that release spread out and many more muscles in my body relaxed. It made me realize that this tightening back of my head from the neck muscles is something I do chronically. It’s what keeps my chin jutted out and cranes my neck. Learning how to release it was a huge breakthrough. Now that I know how, I can release it within 5 minutes of palming. I can release it while standing, sitting, working, reading. It feels amazing each time. It relaxes my whole back, then my whole body and makes my breathing easier.
At the end of the palming when I got up I noticed that I moved differently, more gracefully and from the hips. There was a slight improvement to my eyesight, but I was most happy about the way I felt, so much better. Over the next week or so I was so much more motivated to palm. And I gain a lot from palming now. In just 20 minutes I can reach the same state of relaxation it took me 4 hours to reach on that day. I had learned something about my body that I can use now to relax with more ease, more quickly. I hope to repeat this and do one long palming session per month. More would be better, but I have to be realistic with the time constraints I have right now. But I do think that the improved circulation from releasing this neck tension will improve my sight in the long run.
About a week after this epic palming session, I had about an hour of amazingly clear vision. I could distinguish leaves on trees 100 meters away, and pine cones on other trees only slightly closer. There were so many small details that I could see out my window that I had never seen before. I was amazed, it was like the first time I had seen! I think it was a result of everything I’ve learned just clicking in place all at once.