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Pressure Point a Day

Keeps the Blues Away

Winter ushers in happy events. Friends, family, excursions, exchanging gifts, cooking and decorating are some of the ways we experience the season’s richness. Warmth, delicious food and loving relationships are all around us. So, with all this good cheer, why do so many of us feel grumpy, irritable and out of sorts?

Feeling “blue” around the holiday season is common -- much more than at any other time of the year. Since this season brings additional socializing, eating, extreme expectations, drinking and spending, we tend to stress more than usual. Our lives, lived at an already frenetic pace, go even faster. Hangovers, weight gain, depression, loneliness and financial strain arrive as unwanted guests at our festive tables. Not surprisingly, the central nervous system begins to wear down. Our joy ebbs away even though we want our winter celebration to be happy.

So what can you do to minimize those holiday blues? My favorite form of self-help is acupressure. Did you know there are pressure points to relieve anger, depression, feelings of emptiness, fear, longing, to name a few? Easily and quickly done, acupressure is a technique that I frequently use myself and recommend to clients, family and friends.

Acupressure’s fundamental principle is that there are distinct places in the body that connect with the organs, such as the heart, liver, spleen, lung, kidney, stomach, large intestine, small intestine, urinary bladder and gall bladder, among others. The health of the body is enhanced or restored by pressing on targeted points to transport fresh energy, blood and fluid to specific places within the body. This allows any disturbances associated with a blockage to begin to normalize.

Here are three different methods for bringing the magic of acupressure into your life:

  • Products: Acupressure mats treat the entire body at once. These mats contain small points that press into the skin, releasing endorphins to generate healing.

  • Targeted Points: To do a point-by-point treatment for specific problem, find a pencil with an unused eraser on top to apply pressure to that spot. 

  • Professional Treatment: Have an expert do it for you. Search the phone directory or internet for a practitioner near you. Check with local massage therapists, chiropractors and acupuncture clinics.

May your holidays be happy and bright!

Lola Scarborough (acupressure mats)
Eclectic Energies (guide to acupressure points)
Recommended Reading:Acupressure for Emotional Healing: A Self-Care Guide for Trauma, Stress, & Common Emotional Imbalances by Michael Reed Gach & Beth Ann Henning


Andrea Beaudoin commented on 06-Dec-2010 12:04 PM5 out of 5 stars

I ordered the acupressure mat and I love it! It's amazing, very balancing. I'm excited about it!

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