How to relieve one-sided headaches with meridian massage
One-sided headaches are a sign that the Gallbladder Meridian is blocked.
The key to relieving one-sided headaches is to get the Qi (energy) moving in the Gallbladder meridian. Once the meridian is unblocked and the Qi is moving, the pain dissipates.
Five steps to opening the Gallbladder meridian:
- Massage the top of the shoulders focusing specifically on the point Gallbladder 21 (GB 21).
- Massage the sides of both legs and 4th toe on each foot.
- Massage the sides of the head, top of the shoulders, squeeze the arms and massage the 4th finger on each hand.
- Stretch the sides of the body by raising the arms up over head and leaning from side to side while breathing deeply.
- Shake the legs and arms, and go for a short walk.
Squeeze or knead the upper shoulders for 1-2 minutes.
Then, squeeze GB 21, specifically, for 10-20 seconds.
Massage the sides of both legs and the 4th toe on each foot.
The Gallbladder meridian is located on the outer sides of both legs. Knead and lightly tap the meridian from the hip down to the outer ankle. The Gallbladder meridian ends on the 4th toe, so squeeze and rub the 4th toe.
Massage the sides of the head, top of the shoulders, squeeze the arms and massage the 4th finger on each hand.
Notice in the picture above, the Gallbladder meridian zigs and zags over the sides of the head. Massage the sides of the head lightly, or more vigorously to get the Qi moving again.
The Gallbladder meridian is not located on the arms or hands.
However, there is another meridian (San Jiao or Triple Heater) that runs in a similar pathway on the arms as the Gallbladder runs on the legs. These two meridians are related to each other because of their location.
You can help open the Gallbladder meridian, and more specifically, help relieve headache pain by squeezing and tapping along the center of the outside of both arms and massaging the 4th finger.
Stretch the sides of the body by raising the arms up over head and leaning from side to side while breathing deeply. This will open up the Gallbladder meridian in the area of the ribs.
Notice the pathway of the meridian in the picture in the picture below:
Shake the legs and arms, and go for a short walk.
Wiggle your arms and legs, breath, bounce up and down a little, and take a walk – just 5 or 10 minutes is enough. Drink some water.
You should be feeling better by now!