Are you stressed by work, family, or the non-stop obligations of daily life?
Rather than resorting to over the counter methods of stress relief, try Acupressure which is an alternative medicine technique most similar to acupuncture. Energy points are taken very seriously in Asian Body Therapies, and this technique helps to relax and de-stress the primary meridians of the body.
How does it work?
Traditional Chinese medicine states that acupoints are found in various locations on the body, and inside them contain energy. This energy which is also known as qi, holds significance because it flows through the entire body – from head to toe. When any of these acupoints are blocked-out or out of balance, it can result in illness; anything from a simple headache to chronic aches and pains.
What are the main points?
Location: Between the eyebrows
Located right between the eyebrows, this is often dubbed as the window to the soul. Apply two fingers onto this area to relieve headaches, anxiety, and even reducing the side effects of hot flashes.
Location: Bridge of the nose
If you’re suffering from a debilitating headache, migraine, or even a hangover from a boozy night, then drilling bamboo can help to cure all this and more.
Facial Beauty Point
Location: Below the cheekbones
This area is located below the cheekbone and aligns directly with the pupil. It helps to relax tired eyes which are swollen and bloodshot.
Sea of Tranquility
Location: Above the breastbone
A natural healing point known as the Sea of Tranquility, which helps to create an inner peace for both women and men suffering from depression, increased levels of insomnia, and even sleep apnea. Use your fingertips and put some pressure over the centre of the breastbone until you reach an indentation.
Sea of Energy
Location: Below the belly button
The Sea of Energy is another sacred chakra which delivers primary energy to the entire body. Position your fingers below the navel, and apply some pressure for whilst standing up. This offers great relief for people suffering from menstrual cramps, digestive issues, and bloating.
Shady Side of The Mountain
Location: Inner side of the knee
Reduce swelling and inflammation by treating this area with two fingers. Apply some pressure until the area starts to soften up.
Three Yin Crossing
Location: Above the inner ankle
Ideal for reducing cramps and water retention, especially if you don’t want to stick to conventional Western medicine. Use gentle to medium pressure for best results – nothing too intense!
Location: Lower wrist
Once you’ve found this area, gently massage away any tender feelings to treat nausea and impending morning sickness.
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