Acupressure Points: 5 Guidelines & Precautions for Beginners
Acupressure points can stimulate your self-curative abilities.
If you’re an acupressure beginner, you may find the guidelines below helpful for relieving most of your apprehensions, fears or doubts about applying acupressure to yourself. This may also answer some of your basic questions about how to apply pressure to the acupressure points. Follow the five guidelines I have provided and use common sense, and you’ll find acupressure is safe.
An Acupressure Chart is the road map for locating acupressure points for beginners and advanced practitioners.
1. Apply pressure gradually and slowly.
Hold with a light, steady pressure for 1 to 3 minutes. If you are sore, use less pressure. If less pressure is still
tender, use light touch. However, if you’re muscular or like deeper pressure, you can increase the pressure until it hurts good. Always hold the acupressure points lightly for a minute before coming off the points. For best results, relax in a very comfortable position with your eyes closed, and breathe deeply for at least 5 to 10 minutes afterward. This deep relaxation enables the acupressure points to balance the systems and healing energy within your body.
2. Avoid pressing on cuts, wounds, tumors
and stay away from pressing near your throat. Warmth and some tingling can be a good sign that blood circulation is increasing to heal those areas. However, if you get too dizzy, press CV 17 at the center of your chest. Here’s instruction on the CV 17 point
to stabilize your body.
3. If you are an Acupressure beginner, do not press longer than 3 minutes on any one point. Always apply pressure slowly.
4. If you have a medical condition or on medication, hold the points more gently, for just a minute each. Be sure to get medical care. Acupressure can enhance your health and relieve common ailments but it is not a substitute for getting medical attention and treatment. Please see a doctor, and get a second medical opinion, if you have severe health problems.
5. Breathe slowly, smoothly, and deeply while holding the acupressure points and during the deep relaxation, immediately after applying self-acupressure. If you hold a point for only a minute or two and do not have the time or a good place to relax, a deep relaxation period may not be necessary.
- Acupressure developed in China as a folk healing art 5,000 years ago.
Going Further: For guidance on common complaints, get Acupressure’s Potent Points book. If you want to do acupressure, you need to know where to press. You’ll need to have a map of where the acupressure points are located. I suggest this Acupressure Chart, with all 365 points. The most effective points are larger – to make them easy to find and use.
Applying these acupressure guidelines and using common sense makes acupressure safe – to become more self-reliant, and take greater responsibility for your own health.