Acupressure – a simple tool to release stress!

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Acupressure is a part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is based on the concept of life energy which flows through “meridians” within the body.The Technique is also based on the same ideas as Acupuncture. Our Body has channels (Meridians) for the QIflow and a many points (Acupuncturepoints), also called the windows and doors, which can be stimulated with needles or pressure.

In the Chinese Medicine a person is healthy when the QI-Energy flows without any blockages through the Body. Acupressure is used to release blockages and to help to stimulate the QIflow. Whereas Acupuncture uses needles to stimulate the QIflow. Acupressure is an easy technique without any side effects.

 How to apply this Acupressure

  • Use deep, firm pressure to massage and stimulate each point.
  • When massaging acupoints, try to relax in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and breathe deeply.
  • Repeat the massage as often as you like; there is no limit to the number of times a day.
  • Use prolonged finger pressure directly on the point; gradual, steady, penetrating pressure for approximately one to three minutes is ideal.
  • Each point will feel different when you press it. How much pressure to apply to any point depends on how much a point hurts. If it hurts you should start with only a little pressure and than gradualy press stronger.

There are of course a lot of different Acupuncture points. I will just mention some of the main points in treating…

Acupressure against HeadacheThe Acupressure treatment for headache involves mainly 3 pressure points.

  1. Grandma Point – This point lies in the flesh between the thumb and the index finger.
  2. Acupoint – This point lies in the skin between the 2nd and the 3rd toes.
  3. Acupoint – This point is located at the outer tip of the eyebrow.

Acupressure to treat Abdominal Pain:

  1. Acupoint – Bend your knee joint by 90 degree, now move three thumbs-widths downward from the lower end of the knee cap. There you will be able to feel a pointed bone. The 2nd point is located one finger-width to the outer side of this bone.
  2. Grandma Point – This point lies in the flesh between the thumb and the index finger.
  3. Acupoint – This point lies in the skin between the 2nd and the 3rd toes.

Acupressure for a restful sleep

  1. Acupoint – This point is located in the back at the heart level, between the shoulder baled and the spine. Stimulating this point helps in balancing emotions of stress, anxiety, grief and fear that hinder sleep and it is one of the widely used acupressure points for insomnia.
  2. Acupoint- also known as the Spirit Gate- is located on the inner side of the wrist crease, in line with the little finger. Stimulating this point helps in relieving insomnia.
  3. Acupoint- also called the Shining See is located right on the inside of the ankle bone (inside of the foot).Stimulating this point helps in relieving insomnia, hypertension, and anxiety.

Acupressure is an effective form of stimulation used to help relax the muscles and to stimulate the QIflow. If done regularly, this method of self-massage can sustain improvement and minimize recurrence of symptoms.

It is a simple Technique which has even more effect if used with a regular QI-Training. Learn more about it in the QI-Training Workshops.