Acupressure for everyday
What is an acupoint?
Acupuncture points (also called acupoints) are locations on the body that are the focus of acupuncture or acupressure treatment.
Acupressure is one of the many therapies that has stemmed from Traditional Chinese Medicine theories. It is often used to promote relaxation and restore balance to the body in order to improve overall health and well-being.
Acupressure works on specific acupoints found along the channels or meridians in the body, where energy or ‘qi’ flows. When there is blocked energy or a disturbance of energy in the meridians, illness or disease may occur.
Acupressure aims to restore balance to these channels in order to create harmony in the system and allow qi to flow normally again.
There are some really valuable acupoints that we can easily use on others or ourselves for everyday ailments.
Some tips to get you started:
· Use two fingers to hold the points, your index finger and your middle finger
· Hold the points with a light touch on both sides of your body
· At first you might not feel anything, be patient
· You might start to feel something on one side but not the other, that’s ok, keep holding until you start to feel it evenly on both sides
· If you can’t feel anything at all, give the points a rub to stimulate them and then try pushing a little deeper to see if you can feel anything
· The aim is to have the points synchronized with a smooth, even pulse on both sides of the body
Here are some of the most common points that I love to use on my clients, my family and myself. Stress, anxiety, pain and digestive problems are something a lot of people are struggling with every day so let’s take control and see what we can do for ourselves to feel calmer, happier and healthier.
Points for stress and anxiety
Gall Bladder 14 – Emotional stress release points
Calming points – Lightly hold using your fingers until you feel an even pulse
Governing vessel 24.5 – third eye point to quiet the mind
Kidney 1’s – for grounding and connecting. You can massage or rub these points and then hold them lightly with two fingers until a synchronised pulse is felt.
Central vessel 17 – Calming and relaxing. This is a good point to hold while doing ‘legs up the wall’ if you can’t fall asleep.
Points for pain or headaches
Large intestine 4 – Will often be a bit tender but is a great point to massage and then hold.
Bladder 1 – for headaches behind your eyes and tension around that area
Large intestine 20 – these points help with a sinus headache or congestion in the nasal area
Gall Bladder 20 – Effective point for headaches and neck tension
Liver 3 – This point is often a little sensitive, it’s nice to use some oil on liver 3
** You can also use Gall bladder 14 (as shown above) for headaches
Points for digestion
Stomach 36 – An incredible ‘all round’ point which is especially good for digestion and any digestive issues (diarrhea, pain, vomiting)
Central vessel 12 – the master point for the stomach channel. It is used for general digestive balance and helps with pain, bloating, vomiting and diarrhea. It is found half way between your belly button and your xiphoid process.
Stomach 25 – for bloating, pain, distension and digestive issues
Pericardium 6 – perfect for nausea, motion sickness and an upset stomach. It is often used for regulation.