I have used them at moments I'm trying to recall something at the tip of my tongue.
Being in my mid-50s, these points are extremely helpful these days. It takes a little patience but it has worked for me.
I have used them at moments I'm trying to recall something at the tip of my tongue.
I've had my bouts of feeling stressed, down, depression; whatever you want to call it, it can do a job on you. Funny thing about it is that whenever I'm feeling that way (and maybe just ignoring it), these points tend to be VERY tender! So, when I saw this post I had to share it. (Even though I've shared it before - you can never go wrong with repetition on this). It's a recurring theme in my acupressure sessions! I would venture to guess, it would be in many people's acupressure sessions.
IT'S TIME TO LET GO - These upper chest points open your lungs to free stuck frustrations, anxieties & distress. Cross your hands & your fingers magnetically go to the points. Rub firmly, feeling for soreness or tension. Close your eyes & breathe slowly into the finger pressure for 2 to 3 minutes to discover the benefits. It's Fall, the best time to use this Lung 1 point for letting go. Why hold on to your stress; use this point to let it go!
Tend to get Depressed? If you work on breathing slowly and deeply into these "letting go" points, you can counteract & prevent depression!
On the last day of my aunt's death, besides encouraging, loving words, lots of touching and a feeling of sadness and compassion, I used these points a lot. They are the decision makers. In the moments before death, we use these points to help someone make the decision to let go when they need to so they can rest and be out of pain. In the last 10 minutes of my aunt's life, I used these points, stroked her cheek and her daughter and I spoke loving words to help her transition to another place where she would not feel pain. It was only the last 10 minutes of her life that she was calm, relaxed and seemed to be out of pain.
On my clients, I use these points in every session. When these points are blocked, you may feel uptight, have pressure in your head, short sightedness, and it may be difficult to cope and make wise decisions.
These points also help relieve pain by releasing the body’s natural pain relievers known as endorphins. By opening them up, you can help relieve a headache, stiffness (especially stiff necks), arthritic pains, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. While there are many acupressure points for these problems, GB 20 (Gall Bladder Meridian) is one of the most potent points for obtaining relief.
To do this point on yourself, find the big bump at the back of your head (the bottom of your skull) and go about an inch lower. Then move your hands out a few inches into the hollows between the muscles at the back of your neck. Find the most tender spot in the hollow, close to the base of the skull.
Take a few full, deep breaths, as you press underneath the base of your skull on both sides, about four finger widths – or three inches – apart. Use your thumbs to gradually apply pressure into the hollows of your skull. Close your eyes as you tilt your head back slowly. Take long, slow deep breaths as you hold for two to three minutes. Direct the pressure slowly and firmly into the center of your head.
I use acupressure to help bring my health into my own hands and to help others do the same. One way to keep your stress levels low (which helps prevent illness) is to try to stay worry-free. When you feel worried or are doubting yourself when life is throwing craziness at you at any time, there's an acupressure point to help ground you.
To do this, press firmly into the center of your upper gum just below your nose. Do this for 2-3 minutes, while you breathe deeply, to counteract worry and doubt. Ever notice when a young child sucks their thumb? Many times their forefinger leans against this point. They do double duty because the thumb is the finger represented by worry in acupressure and when paired with GV 26, the worry eases. Now, I'm not advocating sucking your own thumb (oh no...don't do that!), but using GV 26 can help ease stressful situations.
This GV (Governor Vessel) 26 point also relieves dizziness and fainting. It is great for kids with learning problems too. A good emergency point to learn if someone faints or loses consciousness is this one. It can help revive them. It works on animals too!
For an unconscious person or animal, acupuncture will do wonders with a needle in that point but using your fingernail on it works well in the absence of an acupressure practitioner. The important thing is to press inward and upward slightly toward the brain without hurting the nose.
Having lower back pain problems? It's quite common. There are many different causes to this kind of back pain. Many times, doing some simple yoga routines from my favorite yoga teacher Esther Ekhart can help quite a bit (always be sure not to push yourself as Esther points out in her video) -
Sometimes a trip or a few trips to the chiropractor or physical therapist can help. That's what's helped me in the past.
But if you're waiting to heal during treatment, here's an acupressure point which gives immediate relief from back pain. I've used it for headaches before but having done something to my back this past week, I'm using it for that kind of pain now. In fact, getting up from a chair can be difficult when you are in a lot of pain so what I do is use this acupressure point on both hands before getting up from a chair and find it to be much less painful. This point (LI 4 on the Large Intestine meridian) is an anti-inflammatory point so is good for all kinds of aches and pains.
Kenneth Tang describes it well in this YouTube video. Works really well for me! Just hold the point for about 2-3 minutes or apply pressure as Kenneth shows in the video. Both will work just fine and it will release endorphins to help manage the pain.
In IGM Therapeutic Acupressure, we work on several acupressure points. With an older person I know having a kidney removed soon, I decided to write about how we can help our kidneys with acupressure as we age.
Located on the sole of the foot, between the second and third toes and approximately a third of the distance between the base of the second toe and the heel, there is a depression formed when you extend your foot. This is called "gushing spring" or "bubbling spring" - the Kidney 1 point. It helps distribute water in the body so it's no wonder it's good for the kidneys.
To massage Kidney 1, sit in a straight-backed chair (or on the floor, though this tends to be more difficult), rest the ankle of your left leg over the knee or thigh of the right leg. Then, cradle your left foot in your right hand, while using your right thumb to massage -- with moderate to deep pressure. Continue for 2-3 minutes, and then switch sides. Do you sit and watch TV in the evening? This is a perfect time to do this. Plus, it just feels good!
This point is also good for liver problems, PMS and inflammation of the testicles. It helps to release tension and release urination. It is the adjuster to all 50 IGM Acupressure points on the body so when Kidney 1 is open, it radiates love freely. There are websites on the Internet telling how it is helps deepen erotic pleasure (who wouldn't want that?). Just do a search on "bubbling spring acupressure." You'll see what I mean.
Kidney 1 is a very important point for the elderly. As we age, the kidney grows weaker according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). So, start strengthening your kidney meridian now. Along with holding this acupressure point, warm it with any kind of heat or immerse your feet in warm water for 15 minutes a day - Ahhhhh....
GB 21 Acupressure Point
Note: Do not press this point anytime during pregnancy (particularly in last trimester). It can stimulate uterine contractions.
Many of us hold tension in our necks and shoulders. It can become a constant source of pain. You will find that when pressing on the GB (Gall Bladder) 21 point located in the muscle on the tops of your shoulders half way between your spine and the outside tip of the shoulders, you can actually lessen the pain. If done several times a day (while sitting watching TV, at your desk at work, watching your child's ball game), you may actually find that the you lessen the severity of the pain as well as how often you'll feel it.
For me, I get a lot of neck pain due to an injury several years ago, I can alleviate some of the most painful episodes by doing just this point.
Pressing this point 2-3 times a day when you have a stiff neck or neck pain will make you feel a whole lot better. Trust me!
In IGM (Isabel Gatto Method) Therapeutic Acupressure, holding both points on the top of your shoulders will also help you with decision making problems.
Picture from wingsofknowledge.com
There's a wonderful point on the leg which is commonly used in acupressure (and acupuncture) and is very versatile. I remember when I went to the acupuncturist for digestive problems, this was one point where a needle was always placed. The Spleen 6 point on the leg is where the Spleen, Kidney and Liver meridians intersect and is a very powerful point. It can treat many conditions associated with all three organs. If you have digestive, gynecological or emotional conditions, just find the point and massage it. It may be tender, but do this for two minutes. The tenderness should subside and so should the symptoms.
To find the point, place your four fingers at the top of the ankle bone as shown in the picture above. The point is right there along the side of the shin bone. Look at the last picture for good idea of where it is.