Acupressure, like acupuncture, uses pressure point locations to manipulate Qi (energy) that flows through the energy pathways inside of your body. In traditional Chinese medicine, these pathways are known as meridians.

When pressure is applied to the pressure points it triggers a variety of effects on your body and mind. This form of alternative medicine is believed to be an effective way to decrease stress, reduce pain and tension, boost circulation and improve the immune system.

How Does Stress Affect Your Body?

Stress is a natural physical response to out of control or overwhelming situations. At a normal level, stress can help you increase productivity and improve focus, but when stress levels are high, it takes a toll on your quality of life.

When your body is exposed to frequent and intense stress levels, it may lead to health problems, such as headaches, insomnia, and low energy, all of which prevent you from normal daily activities. Acupressure is an effective form of holistic health that helps to reduce stress and improve your overall general health.

Finding Relief in Acupressure

Although receiving acupuncture treatments from a professional acupuncturist is the optimum way to relieve stress, DIY acupressure will provide some relief until you are able to schedule your professional treatment. The following pressure points are the best suited for stress relief:

Three Mile Point. This pressure point is located approximately two-finger widths below your knee, and four-finger widths towards the outside area of your leg. Using your index finger, apply pressure for one minute to regulate energy flow, increase concentration and relieve fatigue.

Great Rushing. Apply pressure to the webbing between your big toe and second toe to help unblock choked meridians and maintain a smooth flow of energy.

Grandfather/Grandson. This pressure point is located three finger widths behind the base of your big toe, on the inside side of your foot. Applying pressure to this point will help balance energy circulation and relieve your mind of anxiety and worry.

When your body is exposed to frequent and intense stress levels, it may lead to health problems, such as headaches, insomnia and low energy, all of which prevent you from normal daily activities.

Union Valley. This pressure point is located in the webbing between your thumb and index finger. Use your thumb and index finger of the opposite hand to apply pressure for three minutes and take deep breaths while applying pressure. Accessing this pressure point will help to relieve stress and tension in your body.

Central Treasury. You can find this pressure point two-finger widths under the area where your arm meets your chest. Using the tip of your index finger, apply moderate pressure on either one side or both sides together to increase blood circulation and help balance unstable emotions.

In order to receive the full benefit of an acupressure session, it is important to do some simple stretching and breathing exercises before each acupressure session. Get the most out of your acupressure by combining it with professional acupuncture sessions.

Contact the American Institute of Alternative Medicine for more information about attending acupuncture school or to schedule an appointment for an acupuncture session.