Stress can manifest itself in a lot of unpleasant ways. When you are stressed out, it can trigger unpleasant effects in your muscles that cause painful knots, and stress hormones that can cause weight gain and other health issues. If there was a way to reduce stress to the system quickly and effectively, would you try it? Pressure points are a fast way to do this, and it only takes a small amount of study to learn. This article will get you started by teaching you the 5 pressure points you should know about.

Massage Pressure Points

Jian Jing

This pressure point is great for stress relief, and also for a few different areas of the head, neck, upper back and face. To perform Jian Jing pressure stimulation, you squeeze or pinch the muscle of the shoulder in between your thumb and middle finger.
To perform it properly it must be done in 4 – 5 second intervals.

Feng Chi

Feng Chi is a technique that has been associated with migraine relief, fatigue, certain types of blurry vision, neck pain, and stress. Some have even used this technique to aid with cold and flu symptoms. To perform Feng Chi, lock your hands behind your head with your thumbs pointed downward. Place both of your thumbs onto the base of your neck muscles and run your thumbs upward to the bone behind your ears. You should be able to simply follow the groove that is created by the muscle.

Tai Chong

Anxiety, menstrual cramps, limb pain, and other general upsets. To perform this pressure point, use your thumb or a strong finger to place pressure in between the tendons that extend to your big toe and the second largest toe. Hold pressure for 4 – 5 seconds.

He Gu

This is one of the best pressure points for stress and facial pain. If you wish to locate this area, you will find it on the side of your hand in between your thumb and index finger. Press into the muscle and massage for 4 – 5 seconds.

Zu San Li

Eastern medicine has long believed that various areas of the body are connected. This particular spot is thought to help with important organs like intestines, stomach, and liver. It is found on the outside of your lower leg, next to the top of your shin. Press and hold this spot for 5 – 6 seconds.

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