Have you ever been in a situation where you can feel your anxiety rise and your heart begins to beat faster? This is a very common sympathetic nervous system response for many people, especially in stressful situations where the feeling of control is lost. Despite the idea of inserting tiny needles in to your body to help with combating stress, Acupuncture has an amazing ability to relax oneself thus reducing anxiety levels. If you are afraid of Acupuncture needles, then Acupressure is an excellent alternative in which you can do anywhere!
According to Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture is based on the Meridian System in which qi (pronounced “chee”) or vital life force travels within these meridians, similar to blood travelling within blood vessels. Without qi and blood, we would not be able to survive. With over 500 Acupuncture points on the body, a Registered Acupuncturist chooses specific points to help with providing circulation to these specific points within the body. The article Acupuncture for Stress and Anxiety is a great article on explaining how Acupuncture works in layman’s words. For a more scientific explanation, here is another great read: Acupuncture Relieves Stress: New Understanding of Why The Ancient Practice Eases Anxiety.
Acupressure points for Stress and Anxiety:
(sequence below coincides with the Emotional Freedom Technique also known as EFT, see video below)
NOTE: Acupressure rule of thumb techniques include using a pumping manner (press-release-press-release) for approximately 1 minute, 1-3 times a day.
Of the many points to choose from that additionally help with easing stress and anxiety, I also suggest adding these common Acupressure points to the listed points above:
When receiving massage or any energy work, always be mindful of your body’s state. If you are fatigued, sweating profusely or hungry, make sure you have a small meal and are well-hydrated. If you are pregnant, do not apply strong pressure on some points. Use gentle pressure only. If a point does not feel comfortable, immediately stop applying pressure on the point.
I am always happy to discuss and demonstrate these points with you at your next appointment.