Do you every get that uneasy feeling in your stomach? If you are like me, you hold your anxiety and stress in your gut. I get so busy with my home life, business, and animals, that sometimes I just file all those feelings and forget to deal with them. Sometimes I must remind myself how important self-care is and that I can do it easily with acupressure.
What is Acupressure?
Acupressure involves putting pressure via thumb, fingers, or a tool at the same points acupuncturists insert needles. Massage therapists, acupuncturists, as well as chiropractors use acupressure to stimulate healing. These points can be sedated or stimulated depending upon the pressure and technique. Animal owners can be trained basic acupressure techniques to use at home on their personal animals. So yes, you can spend time touching your animals or yourself and it can help with pain, emotions, and much more.
Healing your pets with Acupressure
Using Acupressure to heal animals has been derived from acupuncture. Acupuncture is an integral component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Fine needles penetrate the skin and are activated through gentle and specific movements with the practitioner’s hands or even electrical stimulation. These acupuncture points are connected by energy pathways or meridians to create an energetic flow. This flow or Qi moves through the body and is responsible for both physical and emotional well-being. The disruption of the energy can cause stagnation, disease, or emotional upheaval. Using acupuncture on certain points improves the flow of Qi, creating harmony and improving health, and balancing the meridians.
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Taking care of yourself with Acupressure
Acupressure can be used to calm anxieties, balance emotions, alleviate pain and inflammation. Many people get anxious or knotted up in their stomach due to emotional stress. You can use acupressure on yourself to help you with anxiety and stomach upset. But putting pressure with your thumbs on the outside of your leg just below the knee, you can ease anxiety. This point is called Stomach 36 or ST36. It is said to be able to cure any illness. ST36 calms the spirit and harmonizes the stomach and large intestines as well as balancing Qi. I use it for anxiety, migraines, as well as gastrointestinal disturbances. Try it on yourself while breathing deeply and having intentions of healing. You will be surprised how simple and relaxing this technique can be.
Tip: locate acupressure point 3 fingers below knee to the outside of your calf muscle
Ready to learn Acupressure and Meridian Touch Healing?
Dr. Jill teaches Introduction to Acupressure and Meridian Touch Healing through Jill and Joan Healing. You can find it at jillandjoan.com and Joan Ranquet’s Communication with All Life University. Acupressure and meridian touch healing can be to ground, calm, and balance both yourself and your animal. Jillandjoan.com also sells hemp extract products for animals.