The medicine of the East is among the oldest in the world. It is called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The basic philosophy of TCM is with the cause of disease stressing the relationship between an individual’s health, diet, lifestyle, spiritual attitude and total environment.
The principle of TCM is based on the theory of Yin and Yang. There are a variety of interpretations for the meaning of these terms, but literal translation of the characters are this simple analogy:
The Yin side suggests the shady side of the hill and correlates to the right side of the body
The Yang side suggests the sunny side of the hill and correlates to the left side of the body
Today I am going to be discussing Acupressure Massage which uses finger pressure to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-healing abilities. Acupressure is safe and easy to learn, with no drug-induced said effects and gives you the potential to improve your health and increase your vitality.
Acupuncture versus Acupressure
They are both excellent modalities to help heal the body and the two methods of holistic medicine have much in common, since they are both based on touching meridians that carry energy, or chi, throughout the body. However, the primary difference is that Acupuncture, as the word suggests, punctures the skin with very thin, long needles. Acupuncture needles are flexible needles that a trained acupuncturist delicately inserts beneath the skin, into muscle and tissue. When properly done, this shouldn’t hurt at all. The needles reach certain areas, called pressure points, to break up the blockages.
Acupressure is much older than acupuncture and dates back to 2500 BCE in China. Anyone can easily learn acupressure from a handbook, especially pressure points that relieve common discomforts, and best of all you can perform this technique anywhere on yourself.
Body Balancing Points
There are balancing points, or source points on the body that are thought to balance, or harmonize the energy in each meridian of the body. Meridians are connected points across the anatomy which affect a specific organ or other part of the body and are used in acupressure treatments. Each meridian has a balancing point. These balancing points are easy to remember because many of them are on the wrist and hand.
The Hoku Pressure Point
The Hoku is one of the most powerful points used in acupressure treatments and is particularly useful for relieving pain, anywhere in the body with immediate results.
This pressure point is located in the hand. It is the fleshy muscle located between your thumb and index finger. (If you look at the diagram of the hand on the left column, you can find this point directly to the left of the eye in the diagram).
Put pressure on the Hoku Point by placing your thumb on the point, angling in a bit toward the bone, and your index finger opposite it, on the other side of the hand. Keep the holding hand relaxed. The point may be tender. Hold the point for 15 seconds to one minute, then switch hands. Make sure you breath deeply as you are doing this as the oxygen will help relieve the pain as well.
For Extra pain relief– Apply Essential Oil of Lavender
You can add extra insurance to alleviate any pain you are experiencing by adding 1-2 drops of essential oil of lavender directly on your Hoku point before you begin to apply pressure to this area. Let the oil absorb into the skin for a few minutes and inhale its essence three times breathing deeply, then start the pressure point massage technique. Lavender is an analgesic so that it relieves pain very effectively – it’s like an aspirin in a bottle.
The many benefits of Hoku
The Hoku Point is helpful with many health and wellness issues, including headaches, constipation, stress, arthritis, toothaches, any problem of the face, allergies, shoulder and arm pain, abdominal pain, strengthening the immune system, shifting stagnation in the body, and general pain relief.
- you should consult with your medical doctor if you have questions or concerns about your health, or if you have any signs of a serious health issue.
- DO NOT USE the Hoku point if you are pregnant as it can cause premature labor.
Try this technique today and get rid of your pain. Remember — pain is nothing more than stuck energy.