Relieve anxiety with Yin Tang

Yin Tang

Yin Tang is used to relieve anxiety

Yin Tang is an “extra point.” Extra points are a group of acupoints that are not located on meridians, so they are called “extra.”
Yin Tang is located between the eyebrows.
This point is often referred to as the “third eye” in other healing traditions.
Gentle massage to Yin Tang is easily integrated into any type of hands-on healing that you may be practicing. Since many people seeking massage are looking to relieve stress and anxiety, use Yin Tang to support relaxation and peace of mind.
With stress and anxiety, there is often too much energy centered in the head. I like to massage the scalp and then gently massage Yin Tang. Next, I massage the legs and feet to encourage the energy to move down, out of the head. Massaging the feet is one of the best ways to relieve mental stress and anxiety.
After massaging the legs and feet, gently massage the abdomen while encouraging your client to enjoy a few long, deep breaths. As the abdomen becomes more open, the breath is able to increase.

Encouraging connection

I often finish relaxation massage sessions by connecting Yin Tang with the abdomen. This is easily done by contacting Yin Tang with one hand, and maintaining contact with the abdomen with the other hand. I encourage the connection between the head and abdomen in order to strengthen the circulation of energy throughout the entire body. Keeping the energy flowing freely through the whole body prevents it from gathering in the head and giving rise to anxiety.
Yin TangI always encourage my clients (and myself) to consciously allow the breath to be long and deep, causing the abdomen to rise and fall with inhalation and expiration. This kind of breathing supports the flow of energy throughout the body, which again prevents the gathering of it in the head.
The basis of health and happiness is the abundant and smooth flow of Qi (“Chee” – energy) throughout the entire body. As practitioners, we support this by offering thoughtful, hands-on contact to the meridians and points. As individuals, we support this through self-awareness of our breath.

Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. Sushma on October 23, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Thanks for nice information.

  2. Caryl on October 22, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I liked the presentation of Yin Tang technique for use in massage. Thanks!

  3. Karen on April 1, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Hi Cindy. I really appreciate the suggestion to move to the feet after face massage to invite the energy downward. Brilliant.

  4. Alicia Hirschhorn on March 31, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Cindy is one of those wonderful teachers that simply difficult material into a manageable and memorable formula so when you have to access that teaching, you are able to easily recall what you have learned

  5. Caryl shaul on March 17, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Thanks again, Cindy, for your dynamic info! Caryl

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