Best 10 Healing Points For Managing Stress and Emotions
Acupressure points effectively treat physical and emotional stress and exhaustion. Acupressure points are identical to acupuncture points. You will learn the Best 10 healing points for managing stress and emotions in this article. You will also learn what local points, distal points, and reflex points are and how to locate them.
Try this simple but effective routine on friends and family once you’ve mastered these 10 acupressure points.
Acupressure is a form of pressure point massage. Relaxation, improved circulation, as well as pain relief are benefits experienced. Millions of people today go for regular acupressure treatments worldwide. Benefits include better circulation to muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other tissues of the body, including organs. Another main reason is freed up movement and better overall range of motion. Our physical stress levels are lowered as the result.
Managing Stress By Activating Acupressure Points
Managing stress and our emotions is an important part of life. There is physical stress from working a labor intensive job or doing certain motions repetitively, and then there is emotional stress. Often these 2 forms of stress combine in a person. To bring relief and restore a sense of balance and comfort to the individual, natural healing strategies are a must.
Circulation throughout the body is improved with acupressure massage. Acupressure points activate the nervous system, which in turn stimulates blood flow throughout the body. In Chinese medicine, our mental and emotional state is influenced by the health of our organs and our body.The healthier we are the healthier our mental and emotional responses will be to our environment. Thus, by targeting points used for centuries to balance our emotions and physical stress, we manage our stress more effectively.
Many acupressure points have names that indicate their influence on our emotional states. A few include Hidden Clarity, Heavenly Rejuvenation, Emotional Support, Supporting Nourishment, Clear Mind, Sea of Tranquility, Happy Calm, and Letting Go, just to name a few. These names were given to these points over 4,000 years ago.You will get to know some of these points and use them with great effect.
What are Local, Distal, and Reflex Points?
Stress and managing our emotions is easier with acupressure. You will learn a treatment technique that calls on local, distal, and reflex points throughout the body to alleviate this ever-present malady of mankind. When combined together these points work by using different healing mechanisms of the body.
Local points are points located where stress is felt. These points lie on and off the meridian where the pain complaint is. This is one treatment technique.
Distal points are points far away from the area of complaint. On or off channels, this is another effective treatment technique used for centuries.
Reflex points are points far away too. They are found in the feet, hands, and ears and stimulate the nervous system to direct healing energy to another part of the body. This is a 3rd treatment technique.
Here are the Best 10 Acupressure Points for Managing Stress and Emotions:
When we speak of physical and emotional stress, a lot of times the accompanying muscle tension is found in the neck and shoulders, upper and lower back. These 10 points are used to relieve stress in these areas and throughout the body. The focus of this treatment is on relieving stress and tension our bodies, internally and externally. Some of these points work directly on relieving muscle tension while others activate gateway points that stimulate our metabolism and nervous system. Emotional and physical stress relief happens at 2 levels with points in this treatment!
Press these 10 points in this order:
Point 1: GV 20 Bai Hui, also known as the 1000 Petal Lotus and 100 Meeting Place. (found at the apex of the head on the midline, in line with the ears.Touch the tips of the ears with your thumbs and the crown of the head with your middle fingers. Clears the brain, calms the spirit, subdues manic episodes. Also used for hysteria, headaches, dizziness. Excellent point to calm the emotions and nerves.
Point 2: GB 14 Yang Bai. Yang Brightness. (found in line with the pupil, 1 unit above the eyebrow in the indentation). Excellent point for all eye disorders. Thought to “clear the mind”. Excellent restorative point for insight into Life’s challenges. Relieves anxiety, worry, and depression.
Point 3: GV 24.5. Yin Tang. 3rd Eye. (found on the midline, halfway between the medial ends of the eye brows). Calms the Spirit, stores the mind, Activates foresight. Sometimes a crystal is placed here to activate this point. Essential oils are also rubbed here.
Point 4: ST 3. Ju Liao. Large Opening. (found in line with the pupil, in the indentation below the cheekbone (ala nasi).Sinus congestion, headache, facial pain, trigeminal neuralgia, Resets intention, clears the mind, releases stagnation and feeling stuck.
Point 5: GB 20. Feng Qi. Wind Pool. (found at the base of the head in the hollow between the sternocleidomastoid and trapezius muscles). Comforts anger, resentment, judgement, frustration, helps seeing thru to what’s positive in a situation, stimulates foresight. Essential oils used for spiritual purposes are used here.
Point 6: GB21 Jian Jing.. Shoulder Well. (half way between acromion and spinous process of C7 on the highest point of the shoulder muscle). Used for neck and shoulder pain, headaches, mastitis, hand motor pain. Relief from carrying the world on ones shoulders, guilt, codependency. apathy.
Point 7: UB 10. Tian Zhu. Celestial Pillar. (found 1″ below the base of the head, on the apex of the trapezius muscle). Used for neck disorders, stiffness, improves circulation to the eyes. Improves self-confidence, lifts the head up, relieves self-doubt, able to see other viewpoints to an issue.
Point 8: CV 17 Tan Zhong. Sea of Qi. Central Altar. (found on the chest bone, 1/2 way between and in line with the nipples). Used for all chest, respiratory and breast issues. Great point for managing grief, sadness, balances our feelings and emotions, feelings of helplessness. Essential oils used soothe emotions and the spirit are rubbed here.
Point 9: HT 7 Shen Men. Spirit’s Gate. (found at the base of the palm on the wrist crease at the pinkie end. This point lies between the flexor carpi ulnaris tendon and the carpal bones.This is a “gateway” through which a person’s spirit is directly affected. Used for all heart and cardiac disorders and conditions, mania, hysteria, bipolar conditions, anxiety, sadness, depression, on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Dipping your hands up to this point in a bowl of cool water for 1 minute has a relaxing affect over the entire body.
Point 10: SP 6 San Yin Jiao. 3 Yin Junction. (found on the inner border of the shinbone approximately 2.5″-3″ above the inner ankle bone. Feel for the hollow or indentation in the muscle. A diagnostic point for imbalance in the Spleen organ. If you were to use one acupressure point to affect the whole body, this would be the one as it is at the junction of 3 yin meridians, kidney, spleen, and liver. This point has over 50 uses, including all digestive and metabolic conditions. Calms the spirit and mental state, great for insomnia, mania, bipolar conditions, stress headaches and tightness in the shoulders, tinnitis. Great hormone balancing point.
We hope this is helpful for you. Try this simple acupressure routine, using firm but yielding pressure on each point. Hold each point for up to 2 minutes, focusing on your breathing and the point at hand. Feel the full body effect these points have you. There are many acupuncture points to experiment with. These have been extremely effective in our clinical practice for the last 24 years.
Use them in the sequence presented here, or change it up based on your results. Add essential oils on these points to enhance the effect. Have fun and experience the amazing healing power of acupressure!