Anyone who has ever experienced a soothing massage at the hands of an experienced therapist will tell you that it can be extremely soothing.
While getting weekly massages would do wonders for our bodies, it's not always a practical expense.
But learning these specific acupressure techniques could drastically reduce a lot of the common discomforts we all experience in our daily lives.
Simply follow these directions for instant relief:
To relieve abdominal pain, Chinese medicine advises you release the stagnant qi energy by gently, yet firmly pressing a finger into the pressure point on the outside of your leg, just below your knee.
Place three fingers in a row just beneath where your kneecap ends. Beneath your third finger will be the pressure point. Apply firm pressure in circular motions for 1-4 minutes.
Repeat on the opposite side if you wish.
Quick Tip For Tired Eyes:
Try this: place a finger between your two eyebrows where the bridge of your nose meets your forehead.
Gently apply pressure and hold for 1 minute. This technique relieves eye strain, improves concentration and eases headaches.
Now try this next technique to relieve lower back pain!
Many of us experience bloating at least once a week, especially if we are in a hurry to eat. If you've scarfed down a heavy meal and feel a little TOO full, try this pressure point.
Place three fingers just below where your wrist ends. Below your last finger, is the pressure point. Gently, yet firmly massage in circular motions on the point for 1-4 minutes.
Lower back pain can be caused by many things, from the shoes we wear to the mattress we sleep on at night. If you're feeling particularly sore, reach down to your ankles for an acupressure massage.
Place four fingers just above the top of your ankle. Above the top finger is the pressure point. Gently, yet firmly massage in circular motions on the point for 1-4 minutes. Repeat on the other side if you wish.
** DUE TO THE RISK OF PREMATURE LABOR, PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD AVOID THIS ACUPRESSURE POINT **
Do you spend a lot of time staring at a computer screen? You may experience headaches from eyestrain or from craning your neck too far forward to see more clearly.
If you feel a migraine coming on, try this simple acupressure trick.
Hold your hand out fingers closed, thumb pressed against your index finger. With your other hand, press down gently on the lump of skin between your thumb and index finger. Gently massage in a circular motion for 1-4 minutes.
Repeat on the other hand if you wish.
If you've tried everything and you still can't kick that sore throat, try this easy acupressure point to ease your aches.
Bend your elbow. Press your finger into the meaty part on the outside of your elbow - where your forearm joins your upper arm.
Relax your arm and gently massage the pressure point for 1-4 minutes. Repeat on the other arm if you wish.
* Remember, these are guidelines only. Results will differ for each individual and are not guaranteed.