Self-curative acupressure routines
Acupressure is an excellent and powerful technique that individuals can learn and use, especially between treatments, to provide relief from discomfort and pain. Below is an example of a routine that can be used daily to relieve shoulder tension.
Exercise for Relieving Shoulder Tension
Sitting comfortably carry out the following 5 movements
Curve your fingers and place them over your shoulders. Just above the shoulder blade you should be able to feel an area of tension. Using your middle, index and ring fingers press the tightest spot. Allow your arms to relax downward hooking your fingers into the shoulder tension. Breathe deeply and hold this position for 1 minute.
Location TW 15: Middle of the shoulders 1.5 inches below the top the shoulder.
Benefits: relieves muscular tension, stiff neck and shoulder pain.
Press you middle, index and ring fingers of your right hand on the top of your left shoulder whilst pressing your middle, index and ring finger of your left hand into the outside of your upper right arm. Breathe deeply and hold this position for 1 minute. Now repeat on the opposite sides.
Location GB21: 1 to 2 inches out from the neck on the top of the shoulder. Caution: Do not use if pregnant.
Benefits: Relieves shoulder tension and fatigue.
Location LI14: Outside of the upper arm approximately 1/3rd down.
Benefits: Relieves pain in the arm, shoulder tension and neck ache.
Place your thumbs in the indentations below the base of your skull. Move your head back so that you are looking upwards, whilst pressing slowly up under the skull. Breathe deeply and hold this position for 1 minute. Slowly release the pressure.
Location GB20: At the base of the skull in the indentations. Normally 2 to 3 inches apart depending on the size of the head.
Benefits: Relieves pain in the neck, shoulders and head.
[box]Whilst you slowly inhale curve your fingers of your right hand hooking them in to the muscle of your left shoulder. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds and then exhale slowly whilst raking your fingers over the shoulder. Now repeat on the opposite side.