Acupressure as a means of relieving panic attacks, anxiety, and palpitations has been used for many years in China. The term “acupressure” is a combination of two words, “acupuncture” and “pressure”.
Those who practice traditional Chinese medical techniques believe that the flow of energy circulating through the body can strongly influence the emotional state. This energy can be brought into harmony by pressing with the fingers on three different acupressure points. Here are the three recommended points and techniques to be used:
* Find the crease that runs across your wrist between hand and wrist.
* Measure 3 finger widths up from the wrist toward the elbow.
* Clench your fist to make the 2 tendons on your inner arm stick out.
* Press the spot between these 2 tendons until it starts to hurt. Unclench your fist.
* Maintaining the pressure, massage this point using small circular motions, for about 1 minute.
* Repeat the process on the other arm.
You can repeat the above procedure 2 or 3 times a day, or whenever you feel stressed. You will feel calm and relaxed, palpitations will cease and you will be able to fall asleep normally.
* This spot is near the outer edge of the wrist crease, just inside the edge of the wrist bone.
* Press on this point until it begins to hurt.
* Hold the pressure and massage the spot with small, circular motions for about a minute.
* Repeat the process on the other wrist.
Repeat the procedure 2 or 3 times a day or whenever you begin to feel stressed. It will calm and relax you, ease emotional upsets, and stop palpitations. It is also reported to help poor memory.
* While sitting on a firm chair, lift one foot and rest it on the knee of the other leg.
* Look at the sole of your foot and mentally divide it into 3 equal parts, crossways.
* The pressure point is located at the juncture of the first and middle thirds, in the middle of the sole, just below the ball of the foot.
* With your thumb, press this spot hard until it starts to hurt.
* Maintain pressure and massage the point for 2 minutes. If your thumb gets tired, rest it a minute, then continue.
Repeat the process on the other foot, using the other thumb. This is a particularly helpful exercise at night when you’re ready to go to sleep. It can be done sitting on the edge of the bed.
Additional Tips to Make Acupressure More Effective
1. Practice deep breathing while performing acupressure on yourself.
2. Mentally concentrate on the acupressure point as you are doing the massage.
3. Press as strongly as you can, but you should not feel pain.
4. Start an acupressure massage as soon as you begin to feel stressed. Keep up the pressure until your anxiety eases.
Acupressure has been an established medical practice in China for five thousand years. It is presently gaining acceptance in the Western World as well. There are presently more than 9,000 practitioners in the United States alone, and millions of satisfied customers. It’s time we all started to learn to reap its benefits.