Regular massage is proven to help reduce stress and tension, relax sore muscles, and manage chronic pain. The benefits of massage therapy are limitless. If you see a massage therapist on a regular basis for your aches and pains but don’t have time to schedule an appointment, try these easy at-home acupressure massages for the most common aches and pains.
Acupressure uses the same principles as acupuncture; pressure is placed along the meridians in your body to treat your various ailments. If you don’t feel comfortable doing acupressure without supervision, speak to an acupuncture specialist.
For Neck & Shoulder Pain
Neck and shoulder pain is one of the most common reasons clients schedule massage appointments at Mantra Wellness Centre. Many of us store our stress in our shoulders and neck, and if left untreated, the tension can be quite painful. If you’re suffering from neck and shoulder pain, apply pressure to the LI 4 acupressure point, which is located in between your thumb and forefinger. Press down on this point for a few minutes and repeat on the other hand. The LI 4 acupressure point also helps to relieve toothaches, arthritis pain, and constipation.
For Knee & Lower Back Pain and Sciatica
Sciatica can be one of the most excruciating feelings ever. Sciatic pain starts at the small of your back and travels all the way down your legs. If left untreated, it can completely immobilize you. Knee pain can be caused by a wide range of conditions, from sports injuries to arthritis. To treat your knee and sciatic pain, apply pressure to the B 54 pressure point located at the back of your knee. Apply pressure for up to 60 seconds and repeat on the other leg.
For Anxiety and Nervousness
There are times when the deepest pains in our lives are emotional ones. If stress runs your life and you simply cannot relax no matter how hard you try, it might be time to relieve a little tension, calm your nerves, and reduce your anxiety. Massage therapy and acupuncture are known for releasing stress and tension from the tissues in our bodies, so regular visits to Mantra Wellness Centre are recommended. However, if you don’t have time to schedule an appointment, apply pressure to the CV 17 pressure point, located at the centre of your breastbone. Apply pressure to this point for a few minutes and repeat every day.
For Headaches, Stress & Anxiety
We hold a lot of our stress in our neck and shoulders, which builds pressure and tension in these areas causing a headache. A traditional relaxation massage is the best way to reset your mind, body, and spirit. However, if you need relief before your next massage, apply pressure to the B 10 acupressure points, which are located at the base of the skull about a half inch away from the spine on either side.
If you’re interested in learning more about acupressure or the fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If your at-home acupressure exercises aren’t enough to alleviate your pain, stress, and tension, it might be time to make an appointment with a professional massage therapist. Book your appointment Online or contact Mantra Wellness Centre today.