Health Corner

by Sherron Longfeather, certified massage therapist, health educator and former prisoner
Let’s begin by relaxing, taking a deep inward breath and with your outward breath releasing stress, tension, pain, frustrations, being pushed beyond your personal boundries.
We will enter the land of accupressure points. Touching these points with your fingers, thumbs, side of your hand or the palm will awaken the healing centers of the body.
Hold these points for a couple of minutes, holding and then releasing the pressure. Fast beat stimulates and slower beat creates a deeply relaxing effect on the body.
Each point will feel somewhat different when pressed, some tense while others are sore or ache. So if it hurts, it should “hurt good.” Use pressure until you reach a balance between pain and pleasure for yourself.
There are cautions. This form of healing is not recommended for people with life-threatening disease or a serious medical problem. Please consult a doctor for things such as strokes, heart attacks, cancer, etc. When used along with proper medical attention, gentle accupressure can help soothe and relieve distress and pain.
Here are a few points from Michael Gach’s book, Accupressure Potent Points:
For headaches and migraines
Gates of Consciousness (GB 20)
Location: Below the base of the skull, in the hollow between the two vertical neck muscles.
Benefits: Relieves arthritis, headaches (including migraines), dizziness, stiff neck, neck pain, neuromotor coordination problems, eyestrain, and irritability.
Joining the Valley (Hoku) (LI 4)
Caution: This point is forbidden for pregnant women because its stimulation can cause premature contractions in the uterus.
Location: In the webbing between the thumb and index finger, at the highest spot of the muscle that protrudes when the thumb and index finger are brought close together.
Benefits: Relieves frontal headaches, toothaches, shoulder pain, and labor pain.
For colds and flu
Drilling Bamboo (B 2)
Location: In the indentations of the eye sockets, on either side of where the bridge of the nose meets the ridge of the eyebrows.
Benefits: Relieves colds, sinus congestion, frontal headaches, and tired eyes.
Facial Beauty (St 3)
Location: At the bottom of the cheekbone, directly below the pupil.
Benefits: Relieves stuffy nose, head congestion, burning eyes, eye fatigue, and eye pressure.