MOD ACU - Acupressure Benefits for Stress

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Stress is an inevitable part of our daily, modern lives. 
 
Whether you’re getting acupuncture in one of the clinics, or you are sheltered inside your home, we strive to promote long-term wellness and reduce the negative effects of stress. 
 

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For those of you looking for a natural tool to use anywhere, anytime (of course in addition to your regular acupuncture treatments), I would like to introduce an equally ancient self-care practice, acupressure.
 
Acupressure is a body-work therapy that is based on the traditional Chinese medicine practice of acupuncture. With acupressure, you apply pressure on specific points on the body that are called acu-points. 
 
When pressure is applied to these specific points, it can trigger a variety of effects on the body that may provide temporary relief from stress symptoms and promote relaxation and wellness. While not a substitute for regular acupuncture, acupressure is a great option for dealing with stress while at home. 
 
Acupressure Instructions:

Find a comfortable seated position and focus on deep breathing throughout the session.


Press your fingers firmly with massage-like pressure onto each acupressure point, in order, and move in small circular motions for 1-2 minutes.


Apply this acupressure technique two times per day, while you are at home.


Acupressure Stress Points:
 

Head: Yin Tang - On the forehead, midway between the eyebrows.
  1. Touch the point between your eyebrows with your index finger or thumb.
  2. Take slow, deep breaths and apply pressure in a circular motion.
 
Neck: GB 21 - On the top of the trapezius muscles, halfway between the shoulder point and the base of the neck.
  1. Touch the point at the top of the trapezius muscle with your opposite hand. 
  2. Take slow, deep breaths and apply pressure with the index and middle finger in a circular motion.
  3. Apply the same technique to the opposite side.
 
Hand: LI 4 - On the back of the hand, at the apex of the muscle between the thumb and the index finger.
  1. Touch the point on the muscle between the thumb of your opposite hand.  
  2. Take slow, deep breaths and apply pressure with the thumb in a circular motion.
  3. Apply the same technique to the opposite side.

 

Arm: PC 6 - On the front of the forearm, between the two tendons that run down the center of the forearm, two inches above the wrist. 
  1. Touch the point between the tendons, 2 inches above the wrist crease with your opposite hand.   
  2. Take slow, deep breaths and apply pressure with the index and middle finger in a circular motion.
  3. Apply the same technique to the opposite side.
 
Foot: LR 3 - On the top of the foot, along the webbing between the first and second toes, in the depression before the joint.
  1. Touch the point on the webbing between the first and second toes, between the joint. 
  2. Take slow, deep breaths and apply pressure with the index finger or thumb in a circular motion.
  3. Apply the same technique to the opposite side.

 
Embrace time-tested wellness practices through regular acupuncture treatments and daily stress relieving acupressure points.
 
Your long-term health, is naturally our priority. 


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Written By:  Adi Korman, Manager of Clinical Operations, MS L.Ac. 



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