There is nothing more head-banging and annoying than a bad headache you cannot shake. Whenever you are plagued with one of those intense pains, one of the first things you might try to do is put pressure on your temples or massage your forehead with your fingers. We have got to give it to you — you are on the right track! For a lot more defined relief and comfort, we are going to introduce you to the power of acupressure. Acupressure is great; especially if you have a fear of needles. Why? Believe it or not, acupressure is acupuncture without the needles — which might seem like a win-win to most people. So, get ready to learn how to get the tension relief you deserve without resorting to over-the-counter medications. Put down that Excedrin and read on!
Important Acupressure Points
Before we get into how to actually apply acupressure on yourself, let’s take a look some of the most popular acupressure points used in relieving headaches and migraines.
- Third Eye: The third eye point is found in between the eyebrows where the bridge of your nose connects with your forehead. This can usually be the place you massage unconsciously when you are stressed, feeling headachy, or tired.
- Drilling Bamboo: Find the ridge of your eyebrows and you will notice there is an indent as to where it connects with your nose. This point helps with all sorts of eye, sinus, and hay fever pain associated with your eyes and nose area.
- Facial Beauty: We all have some beauty in our faces! This point is at the end of your cheekbone under your eye. It works to relieve fatigue in your eyes, pressure, strain, and congestion.
- Wind Mansion: Under the base of your skull in the center of your head there is a hollowness. Putting pressure there is said to help with any facial pain, mental problems, headaches, and stiffness of the neck.
- Gates of Consciousness: Between your two neck muscles at the base of your skull, massaging this area will relieve headaches, migraines, stiffness, eyestrain, and improve coordination.
- Heavenly Pillar: Find the muscles that you can feel coming from your spine. Pressure here will help relieve any exhaustion, stress, stiffness, and soreness in your head and body.
Step-By-Step Migraine or Headache Relief
Now, let’s address those migraines or headaches you have been having. Try these step by step tutorials for some desirable head relief by applying pressure to different areas of your body!
- In the middle area between your eyebrows, apply pressure with your thumb or index finger.
- Start massaging upwards.
- Continue this upwards motion for about a minute while practicing deep breathing.
- For a hands on technique, find the area in between your thumb and index finger.
- Give this area a good squeeze.
- Continue applying squeezing pressure to this area for about one minute until you feel pressure in your temples or head subsiding.
- Locate the middle of your neck in the back of your head.
- Find two points of that need pressure.
- Press your fingers in deeply here.
- In a massaging fashion, move your fingers around below your skull and at the top of your neck.
- Gradually work up to the small indentations located on the sides of your neck.
- Tilt your head backwards and in this area, use your thumb to apply pressure for one to two minutes.
- Breathe deeply throughout this entire exercise.
On Top of Head:
- Find the pressure point on the top of your head. This should be roughly the top middle point between your two ears.
- Find the intersection point using an imaginary line from the middle of your brow to the top of your head.
- In this area, apply pressure for about one minute while practicing deep breathing.
- Find the area between your big toe and your second toe.
- Rub this area with your thumb for the best pressure application for about one minute.
- Repeat this procedure on your opposite foot.
- Again, breathe deeply during this exercise.
Benefits of Acupressure
Now that you are in the know with some great acupressure techniques for optimal headache or migraine relief, let’s fill you in on some of the other benefits of acupressure that you can explore.
- Healing: Instead of being touched by needles, acupressure’s method of touch works to relive pain, promote balance, and maintain one’s health. It is also useful for people who have any injuries from sports, accidents, or age.
- Wrinkles: If you are getting older (as we all are), acupressure can be something to try out rather than resorting to any surgery for skin modification. Acupressure works to strengthen muscle tone by increasing circulation in your face. By the simple act of touching and applying pressure to certain areas, you will get your face muscles relaxed when any harmful toxins are released and eliminated.
- Back Pain: Your head is connected to your back by your spine, and a lot of these exercises that are meant to relieve migraines and headaches can also work on relieving muscle tension that has accumulated in your back. It helps to release tightness in the lower back area and relax your spinal cord.
- Emotional Trauma and / or pain: Acupressure does not just work physical wonders, but it also does a lot for emotional tension and stress as well. By massaging and applying pressure to certain areas, you are also helping cultivate a positive flow of energy throughout your blood to keep your body balanced. Remember, that the key to strong physical health is strong mental healthy as well.
Show your body how to help cure itself with these effective acupressure techniques. With this knowledge, you will be set to relieve your own migraines and headaches without making a mad dash for the pharmacy counter! Check out some helpful online tutorials on Acupressure on Udemy.com for any further practice in the majestic art of acupressure!