As the pandemic continues there is an expected level of stress we all are feeling with adjusting with changes to our new lives. However, this technique is an easy way you can manage some of that stress at home or at your desk and add to your daily routine.
Acupressure is an alternative medicine technique similar in principle to acupuncture.
It is based on the principles of traditional chinese medicine, where “QI” life energy flows through "meridians" (invisible pathways) in the body. Instead of needles, physical pressure is applied either by fingers or a jimmy (pen like instrument) to specific points with the aim of clearing blockages in these meridians. This pressure triggers a variety of effects on your body and mind. This is believed to be an effective way to decrease stress, reduce pain and tension, boost circulation and improve the immune system.
Receiving professional acupuncture treatments is the best way to relieve stress and anxiety however as we are staying home more, DIY acupressure will help you manage some of the discomfort for now, so why not?
How Stress affects our body?
Stress is a normal part of life. You experience stress from the environment, body and thoughts too. Stress is a hardwired survival technique built into your body as a means of protection. When triggers arise, the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) signals the “fight or flight response,” which mobilizes you to take action and avoid danger.
The issue is that your body doesn’t know the difference between a bear chasing you and work or personal related anxiety.
Your body’s stress response is perfectly healthy when there’s a real emergency (like a bear chase), but if your body is constantly getting stress signals for everyday issues , you’ll burn out over time and it may lead to health problems, such as headaches, insomnia, and low energy.
Acupressure is a safe and effective holistic treatment that helps to reduce stress and improve your overall wellness.
Pressure points to press
If you are pregnant please talk to your doctor before manipulating any pressure points as some can induce labour.
Sit back in a comfortable position for these applications. You can apply these techniques any number of times you need throughout the day,
Pressure point Extra-1 (Ying Tang)
This pressure point is located between the eyebrows, also known as the third eye. Gently press the area between your brows with your index and middle finger, inhale 4 counts and exhale 5 counts. Apply pressure in a circular movement for 5-10 minutes.
Pressure point LI-4 (HE GU)
This pressure point is located in the webbing between your thumb and index finger. Use your thumb and index finger of the opposite hand to apply pressure for five minutes and take deep breaths while applying pressure. Move your thumb in circles.
Pressure point 6 (Nei Guan)
This pressure point is located three finger breadths below the wrist on the inner forearm in between the two tendons. To find and use this acupressure point, (1) locate the point by turning your hands over so the palm is facing up then (2) apply downward pressure between the two tendons, massaging and stimulating the area for 4-5 seconds to increase blood circulation and help balance unstable emotions. Try this for 5-6 times.
It is also more benefitial to add some breathing exercises and some stretching or gentle yoga before you start these techniques to get best results.
I have shown these techniques to my family and they have worked so I hope you enjoy them too!
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