It has begun, the throbbing sensation coming from my very own head. As I lean down to dig through my purse, I realize I am out of ibuprofen. FML..Out of meds and don’t have time to get some? Prefer a natural cure to daily problems? Well, look no further with acupressure, a technique included in our luxurious massage services.
What is Acupressure Massage?
Acupressure is a combination of acupuncture and pressure. Instead of pricking your skin like acupuncture, acupressure uses the hands to apply pressure to certain parts of the body. This form of therapy is also known as shiatsu. There is no need to be an expert on acupressure, but I must say, it certainly will feel better when you receive the treatment by a professional. Acupressure is a natural therapy for relieving various problems, such as headaches and neck pains.
The 5 Most Popular Acupressure Points:
11 Pressure Points to Master
The Helping Hand
The L14 acupressure point is located on the top side of the hand, between your thumb and index finger. To locate, squeeze your thumb against the base of your index finger. You are looking for the highest point of the bulge of your muscle. Press the point for 30 seconds to relieve stress.
Best Foot Forward
Ready to get rid of anger and depression? On the line running between your big toe and the second toe, move your index finger counterclockwise over the point.
Detox Your Kidneys
Treat fatigue, lethargy, and detox your kidneys by finding the side of the ball of your foot, under the 2nd and 3rd toe, press and release the area several times.
On the outside on your shinbone, just below your knee, press for 30 seconds with the pad of your finger or thumb. This pressure point will boost your energy.
Tension headaches are the absolute worse and can be cured by a simple pressure point. This is not expert level, but do be careful not to press too hard. On the backside of your head, you will find an area where your skull meets your neck. Simply use your thumbs to press the area on both sides of your spine very softly. If you feel pain, don’t continue to attempt this acupressure point.
On the top center of your forearm (palm facing down) there is a large section of muscles underneath the crease of the elbow. Press the area for several seconds, release, and repeat.
Listen to Your Heart
Before the small projection in front of the ear canal, locate the depression that forms when the mouth is opened. Press for several seconds and release those inner emotions.
On the top of the foot near the middle two toes and over the die arch, you will be able to use two fingers to apply pressure to boost your metabolism.
Inside the wrist is a series of tendons; press 3 fingers widths from the palm as you inhale. Continue to repeat until you are relaxed.
On the inside of the ankle, between your ankle and Achilles tendon you will be able to press on the pressure point and release to have an immediate immunity boost and combat sluggishness.
Goodbye Stress: (The best stress reliever!)
The V-shape between the thumb and forefinger can help reduce stress. Press the pad of your thumb into this area for several seconds and release. Continue to swap between hands for maximum relief.
Not quite ready to master the acupressure points? Well, kick all stress to the curb with the Bellezza Signature Manicure. Our luxurious manicure reduces tension and stress with an acupressure massage and will soften those gorgeous hands of yours with an anti-aging glycolic treatment!
What to Expect from a Signature Manicure:
- Soothing soak treatment
- Polishing application
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