Self-Care Tip: Massage Your Acupoints
Posted on Mar 24, 2021
Living through a global pandemic for this past year has left most of us feeling more stressed than ever before, making self-care all the more important. You can find comfort and relief by massaging certain acupuncture points.
There are hundreds of known acupuncture points located where blood, nerve, lymph, and connective tissue meet within the body. I use many of them to give you better sleep, relieve pain, and balance your spirit. Try gently massaging the following 3 points once a day as part of our regular self-care regimen. You will feel the results almost immediately. We all need the past year’s accumulated stress to melt away!
This point is deeply calming and can draw excess energy away from the head to ease headaches. Warm this area to ease foot, leg & back pain, or gently massage before bed for a deeper sleep.
Kidney 1 is located 1/3 of the way from the base of your toes and 2/3 of the way up from the edge of your heel. Cross your right foot over your opposite knee and use your thumb to apply a firm amount of pressure to Kidney 1. Gently move your thumb in a circular direction while taking 10 deep breaths. Make sure to switch feet afterward. You can also do acupressure on this point by gently stepping on a golf ball.
This point gives relief from a high-stress lifecycle. When you see someone massaging their temples to relieve a tension headache, they are also instinctively reducing their stress level. Taiyang points dissipate heat, so they are good for headache, vertigo, insomnia, itching and pain in the eyes.
Place the pads of your index and middle fingers on your temples. Rub the point in a circular direction, slowly breathing in and out for 10 deep breaths. Then rest your fingers in the center of your temples and hold the point for two more deep breaths. Slowly release.
Many of you may already massage this point to relieve stress-induced headaches and constipation. This is one of the important and most commonly used acupuncture points. Used as the main point for diseases of the head, face, it is especially good for sinus congestion, toothache and pains in your neck or back.
To access it, gently pinch the web between the index finger and thumb of your left hand with your right thumb and right index finger. Rotate the right thumb in a circular motion, applying just enough pressure to feel resistance without pain. Make sure to breathe deeply, and switch sides. You can also use the eraser on the end of a pencil to apply acupressure to this point.
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