Self Shiatsu for headache relief
Did you know that you can use Self Shiatsu for headache relief? We all know what it is like to have a pounding headache. Our usual response is to reach for the painkillers but what can we do when there are none at hand? Well, one option open to us is to do some self Shiatsu and stimulate some, easily accessible and easily remembered, acupoints.
It is best that these are stimulated at the onset of the headache while you are able to focus on what you are doing rather than waiting until the headache is in full flow.
GB14 (Above the middle of the eyebrow in the small groove that is halfway up the forehead): Finger pressure and/or small massaging rotations for 20 to 30 seconds.
GB 12 (Below and behind the mastoid process): Apply finger pressure and hold for 20 to 30 seconds.
GB 20 (At the base of the skull, between the two large muscles [trapezius and the sternocleidomastoid]). Apply finger pressure and hold for 20 to 30 seconds.
LI4 (Midway between the joint of the thumb and the index finger, and the border of the
web): Known as “The Great Eliminator” this point draws energy (qi) away from the head). Apply thumb pressure and hold for 20 to 30 seconds.
The time quoted for stimulation is an approximation. A good guide is that you hold the acupoint until any discomfort, from the finger pressure, starts to subside.
Easy to remember, easy to do, and all without ingesting chemicals.