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Relieve workout aches with acupressure

Muscle cramps acupressureThe pleasure of giving a workout all we got and the satisfaction we derive from the results feel good. The sore and tense muscles that follow? Not so much. And even if massage, heat, ice and analgesics can help, these remedies are not always sufficient.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used for thousands of years to treat almost all ailments, including to boost fitness and relieve pain.

A workout is effective if the muscles can grow afterwards, when we are resting. Acupressure can help.

Applying firm pressure on the energy points with your fingers or a tool balances the energy flow in the body and stimulates the natural healing abilities of the body. Each point is connected by the meridian where it is located to specific conditions (injuries, pain), that is why applying pressure somewhere on the foot for instance can actually relieve muscle tension in the legs.

Acupressure is simple to use (when you know how to locate the points) and relief is fast or immediate.

One of the most effective points for athletes is Large Intestine 4 (LI4), which is located between the thumb and forefinger. Stimulating that point helps to relieve any kind of pain in the lower back region, for example due to weight lifting. Read more…


Acupressure Point: Great Surge (Lv3)

Acupressure point Liver 3, Lv3, great surge

Liver 3 (Lv 3) prevents Chi stagnation in the body and is the most important point for combating stress. It is also very efficient for detox and decongestion. Use it for slow digestion, hangover, upset stomach, indigestion, to clear the skin and to lose weight.


Liver 3, Lv 3, Tai Chong, Great Surge.

Where is this point?

Lv 3 is situated on top of your foot in the webbing between your big toe and second toe.

How to work this point?

Sit down on a chair or sofa. Place you feet on the floor or cross your legs.
Start at the web margin of skin between the two toes, and slide your index finger up between the bones until you feel a depression about 1/2 inch up.
Acupressure point Liver 3, Lv3, great surge
Using your thumb or forefinger, press between the bones (in the direction of the root of the second toe). Start with light pressure, as this point can be sensitive, and increase as much as you can until you are using moderate to firm pressure. Press for about 1 minute.

Alternative ways:

Acupressure point Liver 3, Lv3, great surge

Acupressure point Liver 3, Lv3, great surge

[This information is given for educational and recreational purposes. Consult a healthcare practitioner if you are sick].


Is ear piercing bad for the vital energy?

Ear piercing, vital energyA reader recently sent me this question, and I would like to share my answer with you: “My 9 and 6 year old daughters asked to have their ears pierced … Should I discourage them? Is piercing harmful to health and the energy that flows through the ears?”

If the piercing is done on an acupressure / acupuncture point, but not only (see further below), it obviously affects the vital energy. This impacts both the said point, and the energy flow along the meridian where the piercing is located.

Each acupressure point is connected to a metabolic function, a mental state and an emotion. Piercing a point disturbs the balance these functions and states.

This is particularly true for the ears, since the ears harbor around 300 acupressure points, all connected to an organ! For example, the lobe is connected to the eyes. For more information, take a look at the chart: you will see which organ is connected to where you plan to pierce.

The same is true for the meridians. Each meridian regulates an organ and its role, a mental state and an emotion. It takes only one imbalanced point along it to disturb the whole meridian.

However, life energy flows much like water: the meridians ultimately follow the path of steepest descent and depending on the physical obstacles in its path. So my belief is that the flow finds its way around the piercing zone, to then merge back after this obstacle.

That said, the point is pierced, and that is not healthy.

Some acupressure / TCM practitioners believe that the piercing can be therapeutic. Namely, since acupuncture points are stimulated with needles, piercing is no different, and would even give a permanent and therefore beneficial stimulation.

I do not agree with this view because:
1) Acupuncture needles (or finger pressure) only stimulate the points. There is not mutilation.
2) The skin and body are allergic to many metals. Unless you wear a piercing made of the same material as acupuncture needles, the permanent presence of poor quality and / or allergen metal is unhealthy.
3) Also, metal disrupts energy. So in the end the flow is diverted from its course and deformed by the metal field. Thus, a piercing that is not located precisely on an acupressure point or meridian still impacts the vital energy (and therefore the person’s health and well-being).

In conclusion, in my eyes piercing is detrimental to the balance of the energy flow, more or less deeply depending on the location and nature of the piercing.

In any case, 9 and 6 y.o. seem too young. Late teens might be a better time, but during the years when the body grows and evolves (and finds its “form” and its “music”), piercing seems really premature.

Ironically enough my lobes are pierced since I am 20 and I had never thought of that question! Since my correspondance with that reader, whom I thank, I removed my earrings, and I am patiently waiting for the holes to close naturally …


Acupressure Point: Hoku / Union in the Valley (LI4)

Acupressure point Hoku, LI4, Large Intestine 4


Hoku, Union in the Valley, Large Intestine 4, LI4


Hoku is located on the top of the hand in the hollow intersection space between the thumb and the forefinger.

How to stimulate this point:

Place the thumb of the other hand on the point, and the other fingers resting on the palm. Make small circular motions with your thumb until you feel the point. It is often sensible.

The hand holding the point should be relaxed.
Well positioned but tense hands:

Acupressure point LI4 (Hoku)

Well positioned and relaxed hands:

Acupressure point LI4 (Hoku)

Hold for 10 to 15 seconds, and adapt according to the state of the point. When the point is released, you feel a surge of Ki, like a dam giving way. Wait until the flow subsides before removing the thumb.

If you need to stimulate the point for longer, be careful not to clench your hands. Adjust the pressure according to the pain: Slightly release in case of excessive pain.

This point is fabulous because it can be used to treat pain and tension (physical and psychological), which includes many problems: headaches, constipation, insomnia, stress, tense shoulders and neck.

[This information is given for educational and recreational purposes. Consult a healthcare practitioner if you are sick].


Acupressure to lose weight?

Weight loss acupressureYou might be wondering: can I really rub a few spots somewhere on my body and make my urge to overeat disappear? Can I apply pressure with my fingers and… lose weight?

It sounds too good to be true, I know.

Yet there is so much clinical and empirical evidence that acupressure is effective—for stress reduction, pain relief, labor induction and more—that it is now being used at top medical centers and universities around the world. Including Yale and Johns Hopkins! And they are seeing weight-loss patients get great results.

Like so many people, perhaps you have tried to make healthier choices in the past and did not see much difference on the scale. Good news: acupressure can really give you that extra boost you are looking for.

Dieting alone is not enough as an effective weight-loss program. Shifting to a diet with less carbs, more proteins and more fiber is excellent for temporarily losing weight, but it does not get at the causes of food addictions, obsessions, yearnings and cravings. People can lose weight on low-calorie or low-carb diets, but that kind of diet change is not a deep shift, so they tend to gain it back.

Adding acupressure to your weight loss program (healthy food, exercise, etc) can make it work better and help maintaining your initial weight loss afterwards.

Clinical research shows that:
• acupressure techniques make an ordinary diet work a whopping 300% better
• acupressure cures cravings completely for 89% of people
• most acupressure techniques help lower levels of belly-fattening stress hormones

The Western research has discovered that the meridians described in Traditional Chinese Medicine actually correspond to areas of the body where nerve centers, blood vessels muscles and intricate webs of connective tissue converge to form powerful pathways to the brain. So when scientists stimulate points traditionally thought to improve mood, for example, MRI studies are showing increased production of feel-good brain chemicals, such as dopamine and serotonin.

That is why acupressure is a great booster for weight loss: it works on the underlying causes of your weight issues, like stress.

Other studies have shown that stimulating traditional hunger-control acupressure / acupuncture points prompts the brain’s appetite center to produce stop-eating hormones. That’s an additional level on which acupressure operates.

While research to determine the exact mechanisms that make acupressure work is still in its early stages, we know for sure that there is zero risk of side effects. There is no harm in trying it—and there are tremendous benefits. Plus, it is easy to do, can be used anywhere—and it’s free!

Learn the acupressure points and exercises to boost your Weight Loss program.