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Zaheera Swing
Nutritional Therapist & Herbalist BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD

5 Acupressure Points To Relieve Stress & Anxiety Instantly

Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine technique based on the same principles as acupuncture. It involves applying physical pressure to specific points on the body, known as acupoints, to clear blockages in the body's energy pathways, or meridians. Unlike acupuncture, which uses needles, acupressure utilizes the fingers to apply pressure. This practice is often used as a holistic approach to alleviate symptoms of stress and anxiety by helping to balance the body's energy, enhance relaxation, and promote overall wellness.

 

Stress and anxiety are a part of daily life for many people. Whether it’s a deadline at work, a relationship issue, or financial worries, it’s common to experience anxiety and stress at some point in life. While there are many approaches to managing anxiety and stress, traditional Chinese medicine offers an effective and natural remedy: acupressure. Acupressure is a form of integrative medicine that involves applying firm pressure to specific points on the body to alleviate symptoms such as muscle tension, heart palpitations, and emotional distress. In this article, we’ll discuss five pressure points for anxiety relief.

Acupressure is a simple, effective way to manage stress and promote relaxation. By applying pressure to specific points on the body, you can stimulate the body's natural healing processes and promote emotional balance. The five acupressure points discussed in this blog post are just a few of the many points that can help you relieve stress and tension. Incorporate acupressure into your self-care routine and experience the benefits for yourself! Let’s get started, shall we?

 

 

Acupressure Point 1: The Third Eye Point

 

The Third Eye Point, also known as GV24.5, is located in the center of the forehead, between the eyebrows. Applying firm pressure to this point can help relieve stress and anxiety by calming the mind and reducing tension in the head.

 

To stimulate the third eye point, follow these steps:

  1. Begin by sitting in a comfortable position with your eyes closed.

  2. Using your index and middle fingers, gently massage the point between eyebrows for 1-2 minutes.

  3. Apply firm pressure, but not so much that it causes discomfort.

  4. Take deep, slow breaths as you massage the point, and visualize the tension leaving your body with each exhale.

 

 

Acupressure Point 2: The Inner Gate Point

 

The Inner Gate Point, also known as PC6, is located on the inside of the wrist, about two finger widths up from the wrist crease. Stimulating this point can help relieve anxiety and stress by regulating the flow of energy in the body.

 

To stimulate the inner gate point, follow these steps:

  1. Begin by sitting in a comfortable position with your arm extended in front of you.

  2. Using your index and middle fingers, apply firm pressure to the point and hold for 1-2 minutes.

  3. You can also gently massage the point in a circular motion while applying pressure.

  4. Repeat on the other wrist.

 

 

Acupressure Point 3: The Pericardium Point

 

The Pericardium Point, also known as P6, is located on the inside of the forearm, about three finger widths down from the wrist crease. Stimulating this point can help relieve anxiety and stress by regulating the flow of energy in the body.

To apply pressure to the Pericardium Point, begin by sitting in a comfortable position with your arm extended in front of you. Using your index and middle fingers, apply firm pressure to the point and hold for 1-2 minutes. You can also gently massage the point in a circular motion while applying pressure. Repeat on the other arm.

 

 

Acupressure Point 4: The Heavenly Pillar

 

The Heavenly Pillar Point, also known as GV14, is located at the base of the neck, about two finger widths down from the base of the skull. Stimulating this point can help relieve tension in the neck and shoulders, as well as reduce anxiety and stress.

 

To stimulate the heavenly pillar, follow these steps:

  1. Begin by sitting in a comfortable position.

  2. Apply firm pressure to the point at two finger widths down from the base of the skull.

  3. Hold for 1-2 minutes, breathing deeply and visualizing the tension leaving your body with each exhale.

  4. You can also gently massage the point in a circular motion while applying pressure.

 

 

Acupressure Point 5: The Sea of Tranquility

 

The Sea of Tranquility is located in the center of the chest, between the nipples. This point is believed to be connected to the heart meridian, which is associated with emotional balance and stress management. Stimulating this point can help to calm the mind, reduce anxiety, and promote relaxation.

 

To stimulate the Sea of Tranquility, follow these steps:

  1. Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight and your feet flat on the floor.

  2. Use the index and middle fingers of one hand to locate the Sea of Tranquility point in the center of the chest.

  3. Apply firm but gentle pressure to the point.

  4. Hold the pressure for 2-3 minutes, breathing deeply and focusing on your breath.

  5. Release the pressure and take a few more deep breaths.

 

 

 

Tips for Applying Acupressure for Stress and Anxiety

 

When applying acupressure to relieve stress and anxiety, there are a few tips to keep in mind:

 

  1. Start with deep breathing: Before applying pressure to any of the acupressure points, take a few deep breaths to relax your body and calm your mind.

  2. Apply firm pressure: The key to effective acupressure is to apply firm pressure to the point (but not so much that it causes discomfort).

  3. Use circular motion: While holding pressure on the point, you can also gently massage the area in a circular motion to help stimulate the flow of energy in the body.

  4. Take your time: Allow yourself 1-2 minutes at each point, and take your time to focus on your breath and visualize the tension leaving your body.

  5. Consult a professional: If you have an anxiety disorder or experience panic attacks, it's important to consult a professional before trying any natural remedies, including acupressure.

 

 

 

Final thoughts

 

In conclusion, acupressure is a safe, natural, and effective way to manage stress and promote relaxation. By stimulating the acupressure points regularly, you can help your body release tension, reduce anxiety, and improve your overall well-being. Give these five acupressure points a try and incorporate them into your daily routine for optimal results!

Zaheera Swing
Nutritional Therapist & Herbalist BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD
As a qualified Nutritional Therapist (BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD), Zaheera Swing has a deep passion for restoring balance and harmony to the body through the modalities of nutritional science, herbalism, and holistic lifestyle practices. Using the functional medicine model coupled with wisdom from ancient paradigms, she aims to provide insight into the underlying root causes of poor health and the holistic tools we can harness to enhance the well-being of mind, body, and spirit.
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