Thumping Your Thymus

Thumping at your thymus, in the center of your chest, can help bring up your life energy.

thymus thump

We all want to be well, we all want to be fit, but how do we do this outside the gym, kitchen, therapist or a coach’s office? Work with the body’s energy. Our glands need some TLC as well. Enter, the thymus thump. A technique that I often use myself and recommend to my immune compromised clients regularly. It’s a simple but very effective energy technique that involves tapping or thumping the thymus point (pt. 38), and, well, it is cost free.

The word thymus comes from the Greek word ‘thymos’ which means “life energy.” The thymus gland lies just beneath the upper part of the breastbone in the middle of the chest. It is part of the lymphatic immune system and is responsible for maturing infection-fighting white blood cells (T cells) made in our bone marrow.

‘Thumping your thymus’ is a method of gently tapping on the thymus gland to create vibrations that stimulate an increase in the maturation and release of white blood cells.

It has also been shown to slow down gland atrophy. The thymus gland begins to break down and shrink after puberty, and it’s been theorized that this happens in humans because we have lost the instinct to stimulate it regularly.

Its role is in keeping your own life energy vibrating in high frequency. There are many interesting articles about increased energy levels from thymus thumping. It’s a widely used practice with those who practice energy work.

Another angle that connects the mind and body aligned with natural and alternative healing is the link with the ‘high heart’ chakra. One of the functions is to release fear. Fear is one of the lower level consciousness emotions that keeps our energy low and can leave us susceptible to illness and imbalance.

When the thymus gland is in harmony it can increase your strength and vitality.

Dr. John Diamond, author of “Life Energy” maintains the thymus gland monitors and regulates the body’s energy flow. Therefore when there is an imbalance in energy flow, the Thymus Thump can help correct it.

The thymus gland is linked between the mind and the body thus when there is emotional or physical disturbance can cause the thymus gland to shrink and cause depletion in this vital life energy.

How to do it:

You may thump in the middle of your chest with your fist on the point shown on the chart. Or, you may want to rub softly or firmly or scratch with four fingers of your hand.

Do this for about 20 seconds and breathe deeply in and out. You can also add an affirmation such as “all is well in my world.”

You may know when you have activated the thymus gland as you will feel a little tingling or a subtle feeling of ‘joy’ or ‘happiness.’

Another variation is to do three thumps at a time but emphasis the first thump more firmly (see below). For some people it may take a little time before you ‘feel’ anything. Persevere and you will get it and well worth it.

This gland produces and “educates” T-lymphocytes (T cells), also known as “killer cells”, which are critical cells of the adaptive immune system. Regular support will help keep you well tuned and WellFit. Generally, I will use this technique when I am not feeling well, during the winter months and actually, when I find myself in high stress or anxiety situations.


1. Take a couple of deep, relaxing breaths.

2. Using your fingertips or side of your fist, tap up and down about 2-3 inches along your sternum, between and above your mammary glands.

The thymus is located behind the third rib, but any vibrations along the length of the upper sternum will stimulate it.

3. Do this for 15-20 seconds and continue to take regular slow breaths.

4. Do 1-3 times a day or up to 4 during times of acute illness. (this recommendation is through my personal experience; anyone who practices energy work, please feel free to share your ideas in the comments!)