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Acupressure for a good nights sleep - 5 things to do before bed

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Have you subconsciously rubbed the arch between your eyebrows for headache or stress relief? You were actually touching an accupoint, a pressure point commonly used in acupressure, a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Acupressure involves placing pressure on certain acupoints on the body to stimulate the body’s energy and restore balance. It uses similar acupoints to acupuncture, without the needles.

It is believed that life energy called qi (chi) flows through 12 major points of the body called meridians, which connect to specific or networks of organs throughout the body. If a meridian is blocked or out of balance, illness can occur.

Acupressure is thought to help restore balance by activating the meridians.

How can you use acupressure to help you fall asleep?

There are many acupoints that help alleviate sleeplessness, however the following five points can be pressed by you, without needing a partner, just before bed.

If your partner is willing, they are fantastic when combined with a massage to increase relaxation.

Wrist - press the middle point two finger spaces from the crease of your wrist. This is also used for relieving nausea.

Top of your foot - press the depression between your first and second toes for 2 - 3 minutes until you feel a dull ache. 



Acupressure on top of the foot


Sole of your foot - Find the distance one-third back from the tips of your toes and press on the sole of your foot for 2 - 3 minutes. 



Acupressure on top of the foot


Between your eyebrows - apply gentle pressure on the small depression on the level of your brows, above the nose for 1-2 minutes and breathe deeply.



Acupressure on top of the foot


Both ears - massage for 1 minute and then gently press on the fleshy lobe.



Acupressure on ears


Will acupressure work for you? Why not try it and see?

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