What does it take for you to relax?
That may be a hard question for many. Relaxing, in general, has become more and more difficult in this day in age. Even if you have a few go-to’s, how long does that feeling last?
We want to change that. Not only do we want to change that, but we want to expand relaxation to healing, mental clarity and balance to your life.
We believe that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has an important part in that. The mind and body practices used in traditional Chinese medicine practices, such as energy work and massage therapy, help improve quality of life and certain pain conditions. Another key element in TCM is acupressure, which is not to be confused with acupuncture!
What is Acupressure?
The role of acupressure has been a central principal in TCM for more than 4000 years, and the fact that it is still in use today is evidence to its success in the treatment of illness and pain.
Acupressure is a method of stimulation used to help relax the muscles. It uses precise finger placement and pressure over specific points along the body.
“According to Asian medical philosophy, activation of these points with pressure can improve blood flow, release tension, and enhance or unblock life-energy, known in China as “qi” or in the English-speaking world as “chi.” This release allows energy to flow more freely through the meridians, promoting relaxation, healing and the restoration of proper function” – Andrew Weil, M.D.
Using specific points on the body, you or a licensed therapist use deep, firm pressure to massage and stimulate each point. When pressure is being administered, try to relax, close your eyes and breathe deeply.
Common Acupressure Points
Curious about these pressure points? We’ve outlined some common points and how applying pressure can benefit you.
Gallbladder 20 (GB20): Feng Chi
- This point is recommended for headache, migraine, eye blurriness or fatigue, low energy, and cold/flu symptoms. It is located by feeling the mastoid (ear) bone and following the groove back to where the neck muscles attach to the skull.
Gallbladder 21 (GB21): Jian Jing
- This point is located by pinching the shoulder muscle with your thumb and middle finger and is commonly used for stress, facial pain, headaches, toothaches and neck pain. Use with caution in pregnant women.
Large Intestine 4 (LI4): He Gu
- This point is good for stress, headaches,
toothaches, facial pain and neck pain.
- But heads up, it can induce labor and must never be used during pregnancy.
Liver 3 (LV3): Tai Chong
- You need to take off your shoe to find this point. This is an excellent area to stimulate for stress, low back pain, high blood pressure, limb pain, insomnia and emotional upset.
Pericardium 6 (P6): Nei Guan
- This point can help provide relief for nausea, anxiety, carpal tunnel syndrome, upset stomach, motion sickness and headaches and is even used for regulation of heart palpitations.
Triple Energizer 3: Zhong Zhu
- This point is located in the groove formed by the tendons of the 4th and 5th finger, behind the knuckles
- It’s commonly used in the clinic for temporal headaches, shoulder and neck tension, and upper back pain.
Spleen 6 (SP6): San Yin Jiao
- This point can be very helpful for many urological and pelvic disorders as well as fatigue and insomnia.
Stomach36 (ST36): Zu San Li
- You can find this point useful for fatigue and depression as well as knee pain and gastrointestinal discomfort. Many will frequently stimulate this point for health promotion and longevity.
Curious how acupressure treatment could benefit you?
Chante Massage is completely dedicated to helping you feel better every day by relieving stress and providing the best pain management services possible through massage therapy and acupressure.
When you visit Chante Massage, be ready to share your goals for long and short-term treatment, relax, and experience genuinely effective massage methods for healing. Contact us today to find out more.