Using pressure pointswas initially the Chinese way of effectively and conveniently alleviating different ailments such as headaches, digestive problems, stress and depression.
This traditional form of treatment or medicine is called Acupressure and it is a great way of stimulating muscles, tendons, nerves and ligaments, thereby promoting feelings of tranquility, peace and euphoria. In short, acupressure balances the flow of Chi in order to promote well being.
Acupressure does not have any side effects. Moreover, there is no limit on how many acupressure exercises you can perform in a day and these exercises are extremely easy to self-administer.
More On Acupressure
Like acupuncture, acupressure releases body tension by stimulating pressure points and promoting the flow of blood as well as Chi, the life force energy. Unlike acupuncture, this therapy does not make use of needles. In fact, it depends on the firm, gentle pressure or fingers, thumb, knuckles, palms and sometimes feet.
Acupressure is not only used to treat common ailments such as anxiety and stress, according to recent study in Yale University, acupressure can alleviate stress in adolescents and children awaiting surgery. Another study has brought into light that Acupressure can considerably improve heart-rate variability. Here is how you can relieve depression by using pressure points.
Pressure Points For Treating Depression
In order to relieve depression, it is immensely important to find out the cause behind depression. The cause behind your depression can be anything including stress and anxiety.
You also need to remember that it is not important to work with all the pressure points over your body. Sometimes stimulating only a few points can provide a great relief. Here are some of the pressure points you can use to treat depression.
The pressure point lies on the leg’s outside. Try to locate the muscle that runs along the shinbone. You need to press directly into the muscle’s belly. By doing this, you’ll be able to not only release physical stress, you will also be able to revitalize your whole body.
Pericardium 6 Or Inner Gate
Locate this point on your in arm by measuring three finger widths from the wrist crease. You need to apply pressure over the soft space that is present between the two tendons. This exercise will relieve insomnia, palpitations, anxiety, nausea and emotional imbalances.
Sea Of Tranquility
Similar to prayer position, hold your palms together. Now use the tip of your thumb and gently apply pressure against your breastbone’s centre. By applying pressure on this point you can relieve depression, nervousness chest tension, emotional imbalances and nourish the heart.
For this exercise, you need to keep your palms in prayer positionand then lift them to your forehead. Now you can use your index and middle fingers to touch your third eye, which is located exactly between your eyebrows. The exercise can help you relieve nervousness and calm your body.
Do’s And Don’Ts
When using pressure points to relieve depression, it is important to apply pressure on the correct spots. Make sure that you use only the second knuckle and your fingertips to apply pressure. Also make sure that you perform these exercises in a relaxing, quiet place that is away from distractions.