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Thursday, 5 February 2015

How to Use Acupressure to Treat Stress

For many centuries the Chinese have been engaged in traditional medicine that is very unique and highly effective. Oriental medical art as I would love to refer to this brand of medical health practice, has since soared beyond the borders of even the Asian continent to Europe, the Americas, and even the rest of the world. Acupressure is an art of healing derived from the world famous Acupuncture. Acupuncture being a well known traditional Chinese medical health practice, has been well adopted, and adapted to modern western medicine.

I am not going to be dealing with this ancient Chinese healing practice, but rather, we shall be borrowing an aspect of that same medical art to see how it has been possible to achieve relief and also healing for stress and stress related conditions – a process known as acupressure.

Acupressure points on the feet

Acupressure thus borrows from acupuncture in that it has to do with the ‘manipulation’ of the particular points or acu-points on the body that are linked to various organs of the body in order to achieve wellness, except that needles are not applied. These points are found everywhere on the body; you find them on the feet, hands, palm, head, neck, buttocks, chest, back, legs, etc. The points are referred to as acupressure points whereby they are massaged or manipulated for a proper flow or circulation of blood in the system, and to the vital organs concerned. It is on this philosophy and fact that acupressure has also emerged as a practical and proven means of administering natural healing and relief to so many ailments including stress.

Acupressure therefore is the treatment of symptoms by applying pressure with the fingers to specific pressure points on the body. These points as I stated earlier, are linked to vital organs in the body which equally respond to the manipulations, such as the kidney, heart, brain, gall bladder, eyes, spleen, stomach, and pericardium, etc. According to the founder of the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, California - Michael Reed Gach, M.D, two points at the back of your neck known as ‘Gates of the Mind’ can relieve you of stress and give you clarity of mind when manipulated correctly. He says for instance, if you press these points you can get rid of, or prevent an impending headache.

How to apply Acupressure in Treating Stress
There are so many forms of acupressure treatment for different forms of stress and anxiety related issues, but for today I will deal with just one very important exercise aimed at treating stress. Now, bend your head backwards and put your thumbs on top of your neck, just below the base of your skull, say three inches apart. You should press very well on these spots but in a gentle approach just below the skull. But if your thumbs are aching, use your knuckles instead. As you apply the pressure, take three to five slow, deep breaths. As you are finishing, gradually let your hands float into you laps while letting your chin drop gently onto your chest.

Manipulating Acu-points on the foot

Take one more deep breath and check out your body to know how you really feel after this brief but far reaching simple exercise. Learn to practice this method of acupressure from time to time because it is highly therapeutic; and will definitely help you to take care of your stress and any stress induced conditions.

By Morgan Nwanguma

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