Acupressure

Moving Vital Life Energy Within Our Body​

Acupressure, which has been practiced in China for thousands of years, uses the same principles as acupuncture to calm the mind, promote wellbeing, and treat disease. Acupressure, also known as pressure acupuncture, is often called acupuncture without the needles.

Acupressure is one of many Asian bodywork therapies (ABT) that have their origins in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Medical Qigong and Tuina are two more Asian bodywork therapies. Shiatsu, on the other hand, is a type of acupressure that originated in Japan.

Special acupoints or acupressure points that lie along meridians in your body are described in traditional Chinese medical philosophy. These are the same energy meridians and acupoints that acupuncture targets. It is said that vital energy, or a life force known as qi (ch’i), runs via these unseen pathways. These 12 primary meridians are also said to connect individual organs or networks of organs, forming a communication system that runs throughout your body. The meridians run from your fingertips to your brain and then to an organ connected with a specific meridian.

If the flow of energy (also known as “chi” or “qi”) is stopped anywhere along a meridian, it is supposed to produce a variety of symptoms and health issues. To ease a headache, a healthcare provider may apply pressure to an acupressure point on the foot.

Move the vital energy into our lungs

  • Start with the grounding position and take a deep breath in with hands starting at our umbilicus and moving up to our chest.
  • At the peak of the breath, take 3 additional small breaths.
  • At the bottom of exhalation, take 3 additional small breaths out.
  • Repeat this 3 times.

Augment The Energy Within Our Vital Organs

By rubbing the upper abdomen with both hands we bring the vital energy from mother earth into our legs, into our core (abdomen and pelvis), into our chest, out our arms into our hands and into these vital organs (liver: many metabolic functions, spleen: large lymph node which helps fight infections and the pancreas: both digestive and blood sugar control).

We then rub the umbilicus with one hand and the upper chest with the other. Moving vital energy to the stomach: center of life connectedness (umbilical cord in utero) and the nutritional center of our bodies.

The heart is responsible for pumping blood teaming full of oxygen and nutrients throughout our bodies. It is also the spiritual and emotional centers of our body!

The thymus gland produces T-Lymphocytes and helps fight infections and cancer. We again bring that vital energy from mother earth into our core (abdomen and pelvis), into our chest, out our arms into our hands and into theses vital organs.

Now we rub the lower back which represents the meridian system for our kidneys (detoxifying our blood) and the adrenal glands (hormonal support for our bodies).

We now bring the vital energy from mother earth into our legs, into our core, into our chest, out our arms into our hands and into these vital organs.

Reflex Microsystem Acupressure​

Our body can be mapped on our palms soles and ears. First rub the palm of your hand with your thumb. Apply firm pressure, any tender spots, treat with acupressure, 5 seconds of steady pressure and repeat as needed.

Massage out to the tips of each finger and thumb stimulating the nerves and vessels to help lubricate the fingers.

Next, move to the ear. The earlobe is represented by the head and neck of our body.

Apply gentle traction on both earlobes and feel a calming, relaxing and a sense of tranquility.

Then massage the entire ear front and back feeling an increased sense of calmness and warmth.

Lastly, please take a seat on the ground and place your right leg over the top of your left knee. Massage with firm pressure the heel of your foot which represents the sciatic and gluteal rzegion of body.

Apply 5 seconds of acupressure for any tender areas and repeat as needed. Then massage the middle of the foot which is represented by our intestinal tract. Again, apply acupressure as needed.

Now massage the upper foot represented by our chest (lungs and heart). Apply any acupressure as needed.

Massage out to the tips of each toe stimulating the nerves and vessels to help lubricate the toes.

Guide to Self-Care Acupressure

  • Find the point
  • Add pressure with ball of thumb
  • Add as much pressure as tolerable
  • Hole 5-7 seconds, release
  • Repeat 3x
  • 1 cun = width of thumb

Abdominal Pain

Nausea

•  Master of Heart 6 (MH-6)

•  2 cun above wrist crease, between tendons

Dental Pain, Facial Pain

•  Large Intestine 4 (LI-4)

•  1st webspace

Headache

•  Gallbladder 20 (GB-20)

•  Depression just below base of skull on each side

•  Governor Vessel 24.5 (GV-24.5)

•  Between eyebrows at junction of nose/ forehead

Insomnia

•  Stomach 43 (ST-43)

•  Between 2nd/3rd toe

•  Feel groove between bones until you almost “run out of meat”

Low Back Pain

•  Bladder 40 (BL-40)

•  Level of knee crease

•  Directly in the middle

•  Bladder 60 (BL-60)

•  Directly behind outer ankle bone

•  Between bone and tendon

Anxiety

•  Governor Vessel 24.5 (GV-24.5)

•  Between eyebrows at junction of nose/forehead

•  Heart 7 (HT-7)

•  1 cun proximal (toward elbow) from wrist crease, on little finger side of forearm/wrist

•  Bladder 40 (BL-40)

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