acupressure: massage to unblock qi

Acupressure, or Tuina, is a medical treatment used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in which pressure is applied to specific points on the body where Qi, or energy, tends to stagnate. Left untreated, stagnant energy can lead to a host of medical problems, from minor ailments, such as insomnia and headaches, to diseases, including breast cancer. Often acupuncture and acupressure together can accelerate healing benefits.

Practicing acupressure regularly is an excellent way to help prevent breast cancer and its reoccurrence by promoting the smooth flow of energy in the treatments.

The following seven acupoints are not necessarily found in TCM medical texts. This high-level knowledge and wisdom is usually passed in classical training from master to student, as it has been with Nan Lu, OMD. You can easily massage these energy healing gates to help alleviate energy stagnation. These points are specifically targeted at breast-cancer treatment and prevention.

how to practice acupressure

  • When you practice acupressure on yourself, don't worry too much about hitting each spot precisely. Massaging the general area can be just as effective as focusing on the exact point.

  • If you're unsure whether the spot you're massaging is correct, widen the area to which you're applying pressure. Usually, you'll find a spot that is especially tender. This is the right place, since these points will be sensitive when energy is stagnant in the area. The beauty of this self-care treatment is that you can do acupressure anytime, anywhere.

  • If you have breast cancer, massage these seven points daily for at least five minutes each. For general breast-cancer prevention, three to four times a week is sufficient. Most of the acupoints are bilateral, meaning they are located in the same place on both the left and right sides of the body.

  • If you have suffered any injuries where the acupoints are located, you should consult your physician before practicing self-acupressure.

  • To see the greatest health benefits, practice acupressure as often as you can, whenever you can. Massage these points individually every free moment you have. For example, rub the point hegu, which is on the back of your hands, while watching television or waiting for a bus. Massage the yongquan, which is on the soles of your feet, by rolling a tennis ball under your feet while you sit at your desk. Collectively, these small actions add up to big benefits for you and capture a substantial amount of self-healing time that would otherwise be lost.