De-stress for less: Fight summer strife using DIY (and needle-free) acupuncture pressure points

De-stress for less: Fight summer strife using DIY (and needle-free) acupuncture pressure points

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08:38 GMT, 9 August 2012

Is anyone else panicking alightly about the Olympics coming to an end

It's a stressful time, indeed.

So combat you worries and strife with a quick, easy, pain-free and financially free version of DIY acupuncture, known as 'acupressure'.

Instead of piercing the skin with tiny needles, acupressure involves using the fingers to apply steady and firm pressure

Instead of piercing the skin with tiny needles, acupressure involves using the fingers to apply steady and firm pressure

Instead of piercing the skin with tiny needles, acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing art which involves using the fingers to apply steady and firm pressure to certain areas of the body.

The pressure helps stimulate the body's natural curative abilities and boosts the immune system by releasing muscular tension and aiding blood circulation.

Different acupressure points on the body correlate with different organs and will relieve different ailments.

Different acupressure points on the body correlate with different organs and will relieve different ailments

Different acupressure points on the body correlate with different organs and will relieve different ailments

For example, the points on either side of the spine just below the base of the skull will relieve bladder ailments while the point where the second and third toes separate should be worked on if you are having stomach problems.

The spot between the big and second toe on the upper surface of the foot will ease liver complaints; pinching the nostril will help with severe headaches; and the middle of the base of the foot, just behind the ball, is a good place to work on if you are suffering from kidney problems.

DIY ACUPRESSURE TO COMBAT STRESS HEADACHES

Use acupressure to relieve stress headaches

Use acupressure to relieve stress headaches

To help relieve the pain of stress
headaches, apply a steady and firm pressure at the point where your
smallest finger and your wrist meet.

You can use either your fingertip, your second knuckle or a rubber on the end of a pencil.

Alternatively, press the point directly below the fingernail on your middle finger. This is on the side closest to the thumb.

Remember to stimulate the same point on both hands for 15 to 30 seconds.