Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Stress Relief

As unfortunate as it is, the holidays often result in some stressful times. Whether it be planning bit parties, dealing with crazy schedules or hanging out with your great aunt from Kansas that loves to pinch your cheeks.

So here are some acupressure points you can use to reduce stress. The great part? You can do these to yourself at any time and any place! So try them out!

How to: Firm pressure is the most fundamental technique. Use thumbs, fingers, palms, the side of the hand, or knuckles to apply steady, stationary pressure. To relax an area or relieve pain, apply pressure gradually and hold without any movement for several minutes at a time. Each point will feel somewhat different when you press it; some points feel tense, while others are often sore or ache when pressed. How much pressure to apply to any point depends on how fit you are. A general guideline to follow is that the pressure should be firm enough so that it hurts a little. The more developed the muscles are, the more pressure you should apply. If you feel extreme sensitivity or pain, gradually decrease the pressure until you find a balance between pain and pleasure. Do not continue to press a point that is excruciatingly painful. Usually, however, if you firmly hold the point long enough (up to 2 minutes using the middle finger with your index and ring fingers on either side as support), the pain will diminish.
It's important to drink plenty of warm water after the massage, to help clear away toxic substances in our body . 

Relieves Headaches:
Relieves Headache

Improves mental power. Soothes Stress. Improves visual acuity:
Improves mental power. Soothes Stress. Improves visual acuity. 

Tranquilizes the mind and Relieves mental distress:
Tranquilizes the mind and Relieves mental distress.

In one of my classes there was a group presentation on acupressure as a relaxation technique, and it was a hit! Check out this website for more ideas and options. 

Hope you have a stress free Thanksgiving!

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