Pressure Points to Release Stress and Improve Digestion

Pressure points to release stress and improve your digestive system

Add acupressure to your self-care arsenal to relieve stress and improve your digestion.

What is acupressure?

Acupressure is an ancient Chinese alternative medicine practice based on how life energy (“qi” or “chi”) flows throughout the body. Practitioners apply pressure to specific points, which affects other systems of the body to achieve goals like relieve pain and manage anxiety. And there are some pressure points (a.k.a. “acupoints”) you can stimulate on your own for multiple health concerns.

How does acupressure work?

It’s easy. 

  • Put away any distractions.
  • Press an acupoint for 30 seconds with firm but gentle pressure (you should feel it, but it shouldn’t hurt). 
  • Take deep breaths throughout the process.
  • Repeat the process for each acupressure point in your routine.

Read the safety information* below, then use these four points to get started:

Reduce anxiety with Yintang (Hall of Impression) 

Acupressure point: between your eyebrows in the center of your forehead 

If you’re not familiar with the seven chakras, Hall of Impression is located at your third eye. It promotes deep relaxation, and it’s a great point to focus on when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Release stress with Shan Zhong (Chest Center)

Acupressure point: center of chest 

As the name implies, Chest Center is in the middle of your chest. We all know that chest-tightening sensation that comes from fear, nervousness and anxiety. This pressure point helps you release that tightening and open up your breathing so you can feel less stressed. 

Treat nausea with Neiguan (Inner Gate) 

Acupressure point: wrist  

It takes a little more effort to find the Inner Gate acupoint. Hold your hand up (fingers pointing up). Make sure you’re facing your palm. Now place the first three fingers of your other hand across your wrist (they should point horizontally). Place your thumb right below where that hand’s index finger was positioned across your wrist. That’s the spot. 

Use Inner Gate for stomach pain, nausea or vomiting. You can also use an acupressure wristband, they’re said to relieve the symptoms of motion sickness.

Solve stress-related digestive problems with Taichong (Great Surge) 

Acupressure point: between your first toe and your second toe 

Think about how your stomach might feel like it’s tied up in knots when you’re angry, irritable or generally stressed. Great Surge is ideal for tackling those kinds of digestive issues. It’s located about an inch down from the point between your first toe and your second toe. Apply pressure to improve your mood and deal with an upset stomach.

The power of self-healing is in your hands.

*Important–please read: Acupressure is an alternative medical technique that affects different systems of the body – some of those interactions may not be obvious. Get the greenlight from your doctor before practicing DIY acupressure at home, especially if you might be pregnant or you have serious health conditions.