Qigong Acupressure Points
Why is it important to know qigong acupressure points? Qigong acupressure points are very handy. These qigong acupressure points can be very useful to help alleviate common symptoms. Watch the FREE video by White Tiger Qigong’s Senior Instructor, Sarah Divine above. In this video, you can follow through as Sarah takes you through some important Qigong Acupressure Points.
What are Acupressure Points?
In the body, we have meridians, which are channels of energy or qi. These meridians connect to the organs. From the organs, the meridians serve like a river that connects the organs to different areas in the body. When these meridians come closer to the surface, these points can be accessed by using pressure. These pressures may be from the fingers or by using tools like needles. We can even use heat to access these points.
How Do Qigong Acupressure Points Work?
Some acupressure or acupuncture practice involves using steel needles. These steel needles are inserted to different areas in the body. Low-frequency currents are sometimes applied to these needles to create greater stimulation.
Other practices are also used to complement this practice. Practices such as qigong exercises are used to help maximize the benefits of acupressure practices. Other practices include moxibustion, laserpuncture, and auriculotherapy.
Originally, there were 365 points that connect to the 365 days of the year, however, just like in any practice, it has evolved. Right now there are about 2000 points. Sometimes practitioners can also place the needle near the area of the disease or illness. Otherwise, practitioners place these needles in selected based on the symptoms.
5 Element Theory of Acupressure Points
Why do therapists use these acupressure points? In Chinese Medicine, there are 5 elements that are associated with different conditions or states in the body. When the organs associated with these elements are impacted these can develop congestion along the meridians. These congestions can cause weaknesses, illnesses, and many other complications with health.
Any complications in the organ, senses and different functions in the body are all connected through the meridians. For example, you are experiencing blurred vision, irritability, and your big toes start to feel some pain. This might mean that you have imbalances in the liver channel which begins in the big toes.
Important Qigong Acupressure Points Technique
Lao Gong Point (Palace of Toil)
The Lao Gong Point is located in the center of the palms. It is the easiest place to feel qi. In qigong practices, we work a lot with the Lao Gong point. We use our intention to draw the qi upwards of the fingers. Through this technique, we can use the finger to do gentle pressure and then release technique. We also use rhythmic breath control along with gentle pressure and release.
We warm up the Lao Gong Points by rubbing the hands together and then radiating the heat upwards the finger.
Some Useful Acupressure Points
Kidney 1 Point (Bubbling Spring)
The Kidney 1 Point is located in the ball of the foot. To access this point we need to point our foot. This creates a kind of dimple at the bottom of the top part of the foot. It can be found roughly in the middle of the second and third toes. You can use your thumb or first finger to put gentle pressure on this area.
We use our intention or spirit to channel the energy from the palms to our fingertips and then direct it to the points. We also use rhythmic breathing as we put pressure on the point and then release.
The Kidney 1 Point or the Bubbling Spring connects to the emotion of fear and relieves it. We also revitalize and reenergize the Kidney 1 Point to increase courage and willpower as an antidote to fear. This point is a very important point to activate especially when we feel like we lack willpower and courage.
Liver 3 Point
Putting pressure on the Liver 3 points helps relieve congestion in the liver and the liver channel. Liver congestion can make us feel sluggish and give us feelings of irritability. Putting pressure in the Liver 3 points can be beneficial both for the physical and emotional congestion in the liver. We relieve feelings of irritability, anger, and frustration and as well as working on liver excess.
Liver stagnation is not all that uncommon. We can have liver stagnation when we overeat, do not get enough sleep, drink alcohol, drink medicine, and other.
To locate the Liver 3 channel, you have to find the point between the big toe and the second toe and then work your way up until the metatarsals. Gently press into that area and then use your breath and intention.
Yin Tang is an extraordinary point. Extraordinary points do not necessarily connect to a specific meridian. The Yin Tang point is also known as the Hole of Impression. This point helps alleviate headaches, calms the spirit, and it can also help with insomnia.
To locate the Yin Tang we can find it between the eyebrows. You can use both of your fingertips to press or just one. Then use breath and intention.
Using Breath and Intention in Qigong Acupressure
To use the breath in Qigong Acupressure points, press the point gently. As you inhale release and as you exhale press gently. And then, set your intention by focusing your energy from the center of your palms towards the tip of your fingers as your press.
Qigong Acupressure Practice for Everyday
These acupressure points are very handful. Keep these points in mind and use them whenever you feel like you need to relieve congestion.
Using these acupressure points along with other qigong techniques and practices can help you have a healthier and reach maximum body function.
Gentle Qigong as a Complement Practice for Acupressure
Gentle Qigong exercises are a very good complement to Qigong Acupressure practice. You can check out White Tiger Qigong’s Gentle Qigong course to help you and be guided in your practice. In this course, you will learn different qigong exercises that are best for those who are looking for gentle yet effective exercises to strengthen the body and clear out toxins and diseases.
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