Traditional Chinese medicine has gradually established its place in Western practices, and things like dietary therapy, massage, meditation, herbal medicine, and tai chi have become all the rage in the West.
What is Acupressure?
Acupressure is one of those practices, a technique which is based on applying pressure to specific points on the body to provide relief. Given that it has been practiced for over 2,500 years, it must be something right!
While Western medicine focuses on pharmaceutical drugs, traditional Eastern medicine focuses on the overall human nature, including physical, spiritual, and mental health.
Acupressure works by channeling the body`s inner energy, which in turn relieves anxiety and restores the inner balance. It also reduces muscular tension, boosts circulation, and promotes deep relaxation.
How To Use Acupressure
- Use the finger/ thumb and apply pressure on the area between the eyebrows for 45 seconds
- Start applying more pressure, pushing toward the midpoint of the forehead. Repeat for a minute
- Breathe deeply until you feel relaxation
- Put the finger between the eyebrows again, starting from the slope of the nose
- Apply pressure to the middle of your sternum, between your pectorals at the same time
By encouraging deeper breathing, this technique reduces stress and helps with headaches. On the other hand, the pressure put on the chest helps improve your mood!
You can also try out other acupressure points, such as the ones presented in the following video:
The fact that Eastern practices like this one are becoming more popular in the West doesn’t come as a surprise since it`s effective, simple, and safe to practice.