Acupressure, the gentle manipulation of specific points on the body, can help to relieve stress by causing the body to release endorphins, chemicals that relieve pain and relax the body.
After acupressure session, Aiki Healing clients are often given customized diagrams of specific acupressure points that they can work daily to rejuvinate between clinical sessions.
By working the points with mindfulness and consistency, it forms a pattern and rhythm that becomes meditative. Think about the serene, relaxed states that cats have. They often are doing self-acupressure, stimulating points as they gently clean their fur. The repetitive motions, as they clean, also help to calm them.
You can also begin a practice of self acupressure by focusing on several classical points designed to reduce stress.
To reduce blood pressure and a sense of agitation, massage this point in counter clockwise direction for 1 to 3 minutes at a time.
To gently energize the body, massage the inner ankles, as this stimulates the kidneys, the organs which house our essential energy.
Last to boost your energy and help improve digestion and metabolism, massage this point in a clockwise fashion for 1 to 3 minutes at a time, several times a day.You can also combine acupressure with deep breath work, exhaling deeply while gently massaging the points and inhaling softly and fully.
Imagine stress leaving your body as you exhale and energy rejuvenating you as you inhale.
With regular practice, this simple routine can be a powerful way to reach for healthy naturally and best of all, it integrates into your busy life because it only takes a few minutes to perform.
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