Acupressure and Reflexology for
Anxiety: It's Easy and It Works!

Have you tried acupressure and reflexology for anxiety? These step by step instructions and color photos show where and how to massage specific points on your arms, feet and ears to reduce anxiety, stress and tension. Or, get the best of these techniques on video.

What's more, when you combine the techniques with deep breathing exercises the effects are greatly enhanced. The result is a powerful self therapy you can use anytime, anywhere to calm and relax yourself. However, while acupressure and reflexology for anxiety and stress is safe to do, you should check with your health professional before trying any techniques for the first time.

Acupressure for Anxiety & Stress


acupressure & reflexology for anxiety & stress

Point 1

Find the skin crease that runs right across your wrist at the base of your hand.

Use the width of your thumb, i.e. the width of the knuckle nearest the nail, as a measuring tool.

Measure two thumb widths up from the skin crease, towards your elbow.

The point is between the two main tendons running along your inner forearm.

Tip: Clench a fist to make the tendons stick out, then measure two thumb widths up from the skin crease to find the point. Relax your hand when pressing the point.

Press with your thumb nail until you feel a comfortable pain. Hold the pressurewhile you knead the point with very small circular movements for about 1 minute.

Repeat on the other arm.

Press both points 2-3 times a day and whenever you feel stress, tension, anxiety, etc.

Benefits

  • Calms your mind
  • Relaxes you
  • Regulates your heart beat
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Also used for insomnia, vomiting, nausea, stomachache, palpitations


acupressure & reflexology for anxiety & stress

Point 2

This point lies ON the wrist crease that you used to locate Point 1, above.

It's almost at the end of the crease, just inside the edge of the wrist bone.

Use your thumb nail to press the point until you feel a comfortable pain. Hold the pressurewhile you knead the point in very small circular movements for about 1 minute.

Repeat on the other wrist.

Press both points 2-3 times a day and whenever you feel stress, tension, anxiety, etc.

Benefits

  • Calms your mind
  • Relaxes you
  • Also for insomnia, palpitations, poor memory, emotional upset


reflexology for anxiety

Point 3

Sit on a firm but comfortable chair, or on the edge of your bed.

Lift one foot and rest it on the knee of the other leg so that you can see the bottom of your foot.

If you divide the length of your sole, between the base of your toes and your heel, into thirds, the point is found at the junction of the first and middle thirds.

Use the tip of your thumb to press the point deeply for 1-2 minutes. If your thumb gets sore, rest it for a moment then continue.

Press hard enough to cause a comfortable pain.

Repeat on the other foot, using the other thumb.

Massage both points anytime you want to relax and at night before bed to help you sleep. To locate other reflexology for anxiety points on your feet, use this color reflexology foot chart. According to traditional Chinese medical theory, emotional stress and anxiety particularly involves the kidneys, heart, liver and spleen. Massaging these points on your feet is therefore recommended.


anxiety and ear reflexology

Stress, Anxiety and Ear Reflexology

Ear Rubbing

The ears (just like the feet) contain reflexology areas and points corresponding to major body parts and areas. Consequently, rubbing your ears is highly therapeutic and relaxing.

Sit somewhere quiet and comfortable. Keep your back straight.

Use your thumbs and the outside edge of your index fingers to rub and gently pull your ears from the top to bottom.

Ear rubbing can be done for 1-2 minutes, 2-3 times a day.

You can also use the tips of your index fingers to rub the inside surface of both ears. Start at the ear opening and work your way to the outside edge. Be sure to rub ALL the curves and folds of each ear, including behind your ears.

Do this for 1-2 minutes per ear.

Benefits

  • Calms & relaxes you
  • Helps you sleep when done before bed

To enhance these acupressure and reflexology for anxiety techniques, it is highly recommended that you also do breathing exercises every day. Slow, deep breathing plus acupressure and reflexology combine to form a highly effective self therapy for emotional stress, tension, anxiety and nervousness.

In addition to acupressure and reflexology for anxiety and stress, you can massage pressure points on your face to help relieve stress related problems like headache, sore eyes and insomnia. Furthermore, as chronic muscle tension, particularly in the upper back and neck, is also a related problem, doing stretching exercises like the Back Twist and the Forward Backward Bend beforehand, also enhances acupressure and reflexology for anxiety and stress.

Get the best of these techniques on video in: Acupressure & Breathing Exercises for Anxiety

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