What does it feel like getting “into the flow?” You know, those times when you don’t feel you’re swimming upstream, but instead you’re just moving freely in your life? Inside of you, there are natural flows of energy that can help you feel good – or that can contribute to you feeling stuck.
Acupressure is a tool that you can use to help the energy in your body get “unstuck” when you are feeling sluggish or having pain or stress.
Acupressure is a form of massage that uses points on the body identified in Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM) as acupuncture points. According to TEAM concepts, acupuncture points are along meridians in the body where energy flows. At times, the energy flow gets blocked in the meridians leading to pain or other symptoms. By applying pressure to an acupuncture point, the blockage may loosen and begin to flow again.
Taking a moment to stop and rub the areas taught in this video can help relieve stress and encourage free flow of energy coursing through your body. And it feels good. Once you learn an acupressure routine, it’s always available for you to use, and all you need are your own hands. Self-care doesn’t have to take a long time, but the benefits of taking a break to help you are priceless.
When using acupressure, simply press or massage the acupressure point(s) for about 30 seconds. Use an amount of pressure that feels comfortable without being painful. The next time you experience stress and you notice your heart rate increasing, consider doing the following five acupressure points (in the video below). You can use these acupressure points several times a day to help reduce stress.
This acupressure video is not intended to replace any medical treatment and should be used in conjunction with your regular care. If you are uncertain if this routine is good for you, talk with your health care provider before beginning.
Join Acupuncturist Erika Marie from the Kansas City VAMC for a chance to experience acupressure for stress relief.
In addition to acupressure, which is an excellent self-care tool, VA offers acupuncture by licensed clinicians for conditions where it can be effective. Acupuncture is often associated with pain management, but it is also may be useful for other conditions, and the number of research studies showing the benefits of acupuncture is growing. Acupuncture may be effective as a stand-alone treatment or as an additional treatment along with other medical care. Learn more here: Acupuncture – Whole Health (va.gov).