How to Apply Pressure to Acupressure Points
How do I contact acupressure points?
This is a great question!
How to contact, press, or massage an acupressure point is one of the most common questions people ask me. Below is my protocol for working with acupressure (also known as acupoints, points, acupuncture points).
7 Steps for contacting acupressure points:
- Be centered, grounded, and connected to your breath and energy
- Allow your energy to guide you as you gently place your finger or thumb on the acupressure point
- As you make contact, allow all of your mental focus and awareness to seep through your body to the acupressure point
- Allow your pressure to sink into the point
- Always notice how your pressure is being received
Ask the person to verbalize if they want more or less pressure.
Notice if their breathing becomes restrained (lighten your pressure), or more relaxed (you have the right amount of pressure).
- Keep your intention focused while sensing the Qi (energy) at the acupressure point.
- You will feel an urge to vary the depth, to use small circular massage, or to be still – follow that urge. These urges are your intuition responding to the Qi. This is your direct guidance from the Qi.
Your contact will vary from person to person, and from acupoint to acupoint. Because we are all different, it makes sense that our contact with acupressure points will vary based on our individual differences.
Honor your experiences as they are your direct learning from Qi.
With practice and experience, you will be confident in your ability to know how much pressure to use on acupressure points. I promise!
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