Use these proven acupressure techniques to assuage pain and anxiety.
What is Acupressure?
Acupressure focuses on the pressure points of the body. Each pressure point targets a specific location on your body. Manipulating these points can alleviate various physical ailments and calm mental pressure from stress and anxiety.
Pressure Points to Use
1) Third Eye
This point is found between the eyebrows. It relieves both anxiety and stress.
2) Heavenly Pillar
This point can be found on the base of the skull. It helps reduce stress.
3) Sea of Tranquility
This point is at the bottom of the breastbone. It helps anxiety.
4) Shoulder Well
This point is on the top of the shoulders and near the neck. It relieves anxiety.
Health Benefits of Massage
According to the 2009 study “The immediate effects of traditional Thai massage on heart rate variability and stress-related parameters in patients with back pain associated with myofascial trigger points,” massage promotes relaxation and reduces stress and anxiety.
Their findings suggest that massage reduces the overall stress response by increasing parasympathetic activity while decreasing sympathetic activity meaning massage neutralizes the fight-or-flight response.
Other information suggests that massage increases the “happy hormones” serotonin and dopamine, thus calming the body and decreasing anxiety.
The preliminary results of a 2008 study called “Pilot study evaluating the effect of massage therapy on stress, anxiety and aggression in a young adult psychiatric inpatient unit” showed that a single 20 minute massage therapy session is effective in reducing anxiety and stress levels.
“There was a significant reduction in self-reported anxiety, rest heart rate, and cortisol levels.”
More Acupressure Techniques
For more information, read Stress Outlets’ article on “Tapping,” another Chinese acupressure method.
For more pressure points to heal the body, check out the infographic below.
Buttagat, Vitsarut, et al. “The Immediate Effects Of Traditional Thai Massage On Heart Rate Variability And Stress-Related Parameters In Patients With Back Pain Associated With Myofascial Trigger Points.” Journal Of Bodywork & Movement Therapies 15.1 (2011): 15-23. SPORTDiscus with Full Text. Web. 4 Jan. 2014.
Garner, Belinda, et al. “Pilot Study Evaluating The Effect Of Massage Therapy On Stress, Anxiety And Aggression In A Young Adult Psychiatric Inpatient Unit.” Australian & New Zealand Journal Of Psychiatry 42.5 (2008): 414-422.Consumer Health Complete – EBSCOhost. Web. 4 Jan. 2014.