5 Minute Massage
These techniques shown here include many such acupressure techniques, and are both effective and practical. The practices described are not only great for relieving emotional distress, and help to relieve pain and tension, strengthen the immune system, and improve blood circulation.
Different types of holistic therapy, including massages, have even been reported to help with past emotional traumas.
Massages not only feel tremendous, but they’re useful in reducing stress – both in body and in mind. The techniques introduced here are intended to help relieve stress and anxiety, two emotions that nearly everyone is familiar with.
When practicing the techniques described, apply pressure to noted areas over a three (3) minute interval unless otherwise noted.
Chinese practitioners, in addition to a number of others, believe in an inseparable mind and body connection. While the five techniques described have “different” purposes (affected areas of the body), the cumulative result is a notable improvement in mood, including the alleviation of stress, anxiety, tension and a host of other psychological and physical benefits.
When utilizing these exercises try to focus more on overall well-being of body and mind rather than relief of “separate” ailments.
It is our sincere hope that the technique is useful and practical in everyday lives.
Please Note: Exercise Instructions to “apply pressure” indicates the use of fingers, thumb, palms, knuckles and sides of the hand. Ensure that when pressure is applied that it is firm, but not so firm that it results in anything beyond very slight pressure.
Technique 1 (for relief of nausea): Locate the point of the arm three finger-lengths up from the forearm beginning at the wrist. In this spot, apply a firm amount of pressure by rotating the tip of the thumb for about 2 to 3 minutes.
Technique 2 (for relief of both stress and tension): The next are is located in the webbed area of the hand, between the thumb and index finger. Using the opposite hand’s thumb and index finger, apply firm pressure on both sides of the webbing for about 2 to 3 minutes while taking slow deep breaths.
Technique 3 (for improved energy and alleviation of exhaustion): In the shoulder, also known as the trapezius area, Apply firm pressure to the area halfway between the shoulder and base of the neck. Perform a circular motion for about 2 minutes and switch to the other side.
Technique 4 (for increased blood flow and relaxation): In an area located approximately two finger-widths above where the arms meet the chest (around the rotator cuff area), apply firm pressure. This will help to increase blood flow and invoke feelings of relaxation.
Technique 5 (for relief of insomnia, stiffness, and exhaustion): The final area is located one finger-width below the base of the skull on either side of the spine. The best practice for applying firm pressure in this area is to wrap the fingers around the back of the skull and use the thumbs to apply pressure. Stimulate this area while taking slow deep breaths and closing the eyes. The three minute (3) massaging at this location is said to help with relieving exhaustion, stiffness and insomnia.
A brief video demonstrating Self Massage Techniques for Neck and Shoulder: