Acupressure utilizes the same concept of acupuncture but in a less invasive way. Similar to acupuncture, acupressure is used to stimulate the flow of Qi by applying pressure to specific points throughout the body to removing blockages. Most importantly, unlike traditional acupuncture, you can use acupressure massage techniques on yourself safely in the comfort of your own home.
In addition to relieving stress, acupressure massage can be used to treat the following symptoms and conditions:
- Muscle Tension & Pain
In this blog post we will cover 5 Self-Acupressure points you can massage to relieve stress.
Union Valley Point
This pressure point is located in the webbing between your index finger and your thumb. If you apply pressure to this area and notice a specific point of sensitivity, that is likely your Union Valley Point.
With the opposite hand’s index finger and thumb, you can massage the pressure point for four to five seconds at a time.
Great Surge Point
This pressure point is located on your feet, approximately two to four centimeters behind the intersection between your big and second toe just above the bone.
You can find your Great Surge Point by moving your finger straight down from where your big and second toe connect. You can massage this point for four to five seconds at a time.
Hall of Impression Point
This pressure point is located right in between your eyebrows. It is also known as a “Third Eye” pressure point.
For this pressure point, apply firm pressure in a circular motion for five to ten minutes.
Inner Frontier Gate Point
This pressure point is located on the inside of your forearm, approximately two to four centimeters from your wrist in the hollow area between your tendons.
When massaging this point, apply pressure for four to five seconds at a time.
This pressure point is located on your trap muscles which are in between your neck and shoulders. You can find this point by pinching your muscle along this area until you find a sensitive spot.
You can massage this point by pinching the area for four to five seconds and releasing it.
From the perspective of Eastern medicine, you can relieve your stress by removing blockages so that your internal Qi can flow freely throughout your body. If you feel as though the stress in your life has gotten to the point where it is detrimental to your health and ability to accomplish your goals, acupressure massage is a great way to relieve and manage your stress independently.
Acupressure massage can also be used supplementary to traditional acupuncture and herbal medicine. If you’ve been experiencing an extreme amount of stress, contact us today and we can create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.