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What’s the quickest way to relax? It’s not a massage, a nap, a glass of wine, or any type of comfort food you can imagine…although those things all sound pretty amazing. No, the quickest way to calm yourself and relax your body is by doing one simple thing: clamping a clothespin on your ear lobe.

Sounds a little weird, we’ll be the first to admit it. But this kind of pressure on your ear has been proven help with health issues like bodily aches, pain and even addiction.

This is called reflexology, an alternative medicine technique involving the application of pressure to the body with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques. This method is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly effect various body parts, depending on which zone is being worked on.

In this case, we’re talking about applying pressure to the ear. Using the ears is kind of like an “all-purpose” reflexology session; there are six pressure points on the year and each one applies to a different part of your body, from your shoulders to your feet and everywhere in between.

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