Here's your DIY Acupressure Massage Therapy Guide!
This is the sixth and final in an ongoing series that will help you alleviate various aches and pains with DIY acupressure massage.
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Your DIY Acupressure Massage Therapy Guide
Acupressure is an excellent preventative form of medicine, making us stronger so that we can avoid disease and correct imbalances. Over the past 6 months, we have covered many acupressure points that are meant to improve wellness in various aspects of everyday life.
Practitioners of acupressure massage therapy believe that you are filled with a vital life energy force known as chi or qi. This energy flows throughout your entire body between your skin and organs along our meridians. We hope that you have been able to experience the regulation of this chi through the practice of acupressure and that you continue to do so.
As a reminder of the healing you can experience through acupressure massage therapy, here is a review of the acupressure points we have discussed:
Acupressure as a Habit - see below
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Acupressure for Headache, Migraine, Neck, and Shoulder Pain
The following are helpful points to stimulate your natural defences. Apply firm but gentle pressure to the following points:
LARGE INTESTINE MERIDIAN
Joining Valley or Hegu - LI4
Located at the highest spot of the muscle when you bring your thumb and index finger together. Relax your fingers and grip this point with the thumb and index finger of your other hand. Apply firm pressure and massage. Clinically used for stress, facial pain, headaches, toothaches, and neck pain.
TRIPLE BURNER / TRIPLE WARMER / TRIPLE ENERGISER / SAN JIAO MERIDIAN
Middle Island, Central Islet or Zhong zhu - TB3 / TW3 / TE3 Located in the groove between the knuckles of your ring and pinkie finger. Place your thumb on the acupressure point and apply strong pressure for about two minutes. Massaging this point helps temporal headaches, shoulder and neck tension, plus upper back pain. Practice this 2-3 times a day on each hand and you will get faster relief!
Shoulder Well or Jian jing - GB21
Located at the highest spot of muscle when you bring your thumb and index finger together. Relax your fingers and grip this point with the thumb and index finger or simply press down on the point. Apply firm pressure and massage.
Clinically used for stress, facial pain, headaches, toothaches, and neck pain.
GALLBLADDER MERIDIAN Wind Pool or Feng Chi - GB20 Located where the neck muscles attach to the back of the skull by your ear bone. To locate, clasp your hands together with thumbs facing downward and grasp the back of your head. Feel for your ear muscle with each thumb and follow the grooves to where your neck muscles attach to the back of the skull. Apply pressure with your thumbs. Feng Chi acupressure is recommended when you have cold/flu symptoms, overall low energy or fatigue, migraine, or eye blurriness.
Acupressure for Focus, and Concentration
The following are helpful points to stimulate your natural ability to focus and concentrate. Apply firm but gentle pressure to the following points:
EXTRA ACUPRESSURE POINTS (Neither a Meridian nor a Vessel) Third Eye Point, Seal Hall or Yintang - EX2 This point is located between your eyebrows where your forehead and nose’s bridge meet, hence the name third eye. Massage this point with one-two fingers for 3-4 minutes. To get the best results, try and do this 2-3 times per day. Aside from increasing your focus and memory, it will also bring a calm and uplifting feeling.
LUNG MERIDIAN Hundred Meeting Point or Bai Hui - GV20
Do you feel like you have a creative block? Place a finger on the top of each ear and run your fingers up the sides of your head until they meet at the top of your head. Apply gentle pressure to this meeting point and massage for 1-2 minutes. This acupressure point brings mental awareness and clarity, by stimulating it you will raise your body’s emotional energies.
GOVERNING VESSEL (DU MAI) Water Through or Ren Zhong - GV26 (DU26)
This is the acupressure point to try if you often find yourself daydreaming during work or feel it hard to concentrate because you have distracting thoughts. It is located between your nose and upper lip, about two-thirds of the way up from your upper lip to the point between your nostrils. Press this point firmly for a few minutes to stimulate. It will bring you back into the moment grounding you and promoting concentration. This point also offers relief from dizziness, fainting and cramps. For best results, access this point every day for several weeks.
Great Surge / Bigger Rushing or Tai Chong - LV-3
This point is located right on the top of your foot in the indentation between your second and big toe. If you are battling concentration issues, stop what you are doing and apply pressure to this point for a quick turnaround of increased focus. Press this point every day for 2-3 minutes to boost your energy, motivation and clarity of thought.
CONCEPTION VESSEL (REN MAI) Sea of Tranquility, Chest Centre or Shan Zhong - CV17 (REN17)
Sea of Tranquility CV-17: With brain fog and the inability to focus can also come related struggles of anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, and/or depression. All are perfect examples of emotional imbalances that negatively affect your ability to concentrate and be productive. Stimulate this point located on your breastbone’s centre, about three thumbs width above the bone’s base where you will feel an indentation. Your clarity of thought, memory, and focus should all improve with continued stimulation.
Acupressure for Numbness in the Arm, Hands and Fingertips
The following are helpful points to alleviate numbness and tingling in your upper limbs. Apply firm but gentle pressure to the following points:
Inner Gate / Inner Pass
or Nei Guan - PC6
Measure two thumbs widths up your inner arm from your wrist crease. Press down firmly for a few minutes to start experiencing relief from numbness and tingling in your wrist, hand, and/or fingers.
Repeat on your other arm. For best results, continue activating this point for three minutes, three times a day.
TRIPLE BURNER / TRIPLE WARMER / TRIPLE ENERGISER / SAN JIAO MERIDIAN
Outer Gate / Outer Pass or Waiguan - TB5 (TE5 / TW5) Measure three fingers width up from your wrist crease on the back of your hand. Using your thumb and forefinger, press this point in the middle of your arm for two to three minutes. Repeat on your other arm. This point as well as giving relief to numbness in the hands and fingers also alleviates pain in the neck, shoulder, arm, elbow.
Note: as per the PC6 Picture You can press PC6 & TB5 at the same time
- Locate PC6 with your thumb. - Put your thumb on PC6 - Locate on the other side TB5 and put your middle finger on it. - Apply pressure
LUNG MERIDIAN Broquen Sequence or Lieque - LU7
Lung 7 (LU-7) Broken Sequence: Find the depression in the wrist at the base of your thumb, then move two finger widths up your arm. Also repeat on your other wrist. This point strengthens the lungs, treating early symptoms of cold, flu, fever, chills, and sore throat. It also amps up the body’s resistance against seasonal bugs and viruses.
Acupressure for Anxiety, Stress and Depression
The following are helpful points to decrease stress, calm the mind and assist in lowering depression. Apply firm but gentle pressure to the following points:
EXTRA ACUPRESSURE POINTS (Neither a Meridian nor a Vessel) Third Eye Point - Seal Hall or Yintang - EX2 This point is located in the centre of your forehead between your eyebrows. Sit back in a comfortable position and close your eyes. With either your thumb or index finger, apply gentle pressure in a circular motion. Stimulate this point as needed. This point is also great to boost your energy levels, improve clarity of thought and motivation, and helps to keep a focused mind.
GOVERNING VESSEL (DU MAI)
One Hundred Meeting Point
or Bai Hui - GV20 (DU20)
Governor Vessel (DU20): Find this point by locating the exact centre on the top of your head. Gently massage this point, working your way up to longer massages. This acupressure point also helps to alleviate dizziness, headache, and clenched jaw. It improves focus and concentration.
Heavenly Gate Point or Shen Men
Find the top cartilages of your ear and then slide your finger down into the triangle-like hollow just below. The tip of that hollow is your heavenly gate point. Apply firm but gentle pressure in a circular motion for about two minutes.