Looking for a cheap and easy way to cope with holiday stress that’s guaranteed not to leave you with a hangover—or added inches to your waistline? Then read on.
Acupressure, developed in Asia some 5,000 years ago, is a type of bodywork therapy. It involves pressing or massaging specific points on the body using a finger, knuckle, or the palm of your hand to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities. As an effective and widely used practice for reducing stress, acupressure can relieve pain and promote overall good health.
Although frequently administered by qualified practitioners (see aobta.org), you can also easily practice acupressure on yourself. It’s safe, effective, and requires minimal time. Best of all, it’s free. That makes it the perfect tool to add to your arsenal of current coping skills this holiday season. Quite literally, you can take your health back into your own hands.
Try these simple acupressure points when tackling the 12 Days of Christmas, and you just might find yourself getting through the holidays with less stress, pain, and fatigue and more peace, love, and dare I say it, joy. Massage each point with gentle but firm pressure for one to five minutes until symptoms begin to subside. Points will typically be tender to the touch, so when you hit a sensitive spot, you know you’re in the right place. Click here to download a free infographic showing which acupressure point corresponds with which holiday stressor.
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