Do you know those knotsbetween your shoulder blades? Those knots are blocked acupressure points; releasing them can bring healing energy to benefit your lungs and heart. These acupressure points can relieve hypertension and help balance your blood pressure. They can also be healing for heartaches, emotional pain, anxiety, depression, sadness, grief and emotional numbness. These upper back acupressure points also benefit the lungs, asthma, chest congestion, and relieve sleep disorders, which in traditional Chinese medicine is related to the heart, and can be healing for emotional wounds. Know anyone who could use these points? To get more details about how to release these acupressure points on yourself
The easiest way to find these points, is to feel for muscular knots in your upper back, between your shoulder blades. Pressing gradually right on the tense spots, and holding for a minute or two minute while breathing slowly and deeply, can release them. The acupressure points are located directly underneath each knot. For best results, press these points 2 or 3 times a day, regularly for several weeks. Once you obtain some relief, continue to press them just once a day or every other day, for maintenance and prevention.
If you have any problems I mentioned above, try an Acupressure Therapist, Shiatsu Practitioner, Asian Bodywork Therapist, or an Acupuncturist. If you can’t find a practitioner, or can’t afford to pay, here’s another excellent choice – follow my directions below.
Self-Care: The problem for most of us is that these healing points are very difficult to reach. Thus, I suggest using a couple of tennis balls. Place two rubber balls in a sock, separated by a folded, dry sponge or wash cloth, so the balls are an inch or so apart. Tie the sock in a knot or with twist-ties, a little rope or string, so that the balls are firmly in place. Roll the balls up into a hand towel, making a large cylinder, like a burrito.
Lie down on your back on your bed, placing the tennis balls underneath you. If you need more pressure, then place these balls on a carpeted surface, placing the two balls underneath your upper back, between your shoulder blades. The sponge should be in the center on your spine, with a ball on each side for balance. Bend your knees with you feet flat on the bed or floor. Slowly roll the balls to different positions on your upper back. Breathe deeply with your eyes closed for a few minutes.
If your back pain flares up afterwards, you will need to place another plush folded towel or soft pillow between your back and the balls. You can gradually increase the length of time, as long as you deeply relax with your eyes closed immediately afterwards, for at least five minutes, covered with a sheet or blanket. Deep relaxation is key for healing yourself, especially after receiving Acupressure or Acupuncture. (Most people don’t know this.)
Be sure to relax two or three times more than the time you practiced. If you roll the balls over your back for five minutes, then deeply relax for ten to fifteen minutes. Continue to breathe deeply as you tell yourself to completely relax, imaging that each deep inhalation is giving your body the vital oxygen it needs to regain its strength, balance, and good health.