The concept behind acupressure is that the contact through firm, steady pressure from your hands will signal the body to activate its self-healing. Some imbalances or blockages in the body can be corrected by acupressure. One of which that acupressure can address is stress.
THE INNER GATE
Position: Palm is facing up. Measuring from the wrist crease, the spot is at the third finger width, sitting in between the two tendons.
Application: Press the pad of your thumb firmly (not painfully) into the ditch in between the tendons. Knead in tight circles with the pad of your thumb.
Impact: This method relieves stress and nausea.
THE OUTER GATE
Position: Palm is facing down. Measuring three finger widths from the outer wrist crease, the spot is in the space between the two bones.
Application: With a firm press using the pad of the thumb, methodically apply and release pressure in circular motions.
Impact: This method reduces stress by increasing immune function and energy flow.
THE UNION VALLEY
Position: Within the web between thumb and forefinger.
Application: Use the index finger and thumb on either side of the Union Valley making a pinch like shape. Apply firm, steady pressure for three minutes while breathing deeply.
Impact: Relieves stress and muscle tension.
THE CENTRAL TREASURY
Position: There is a well between your shoulder, your ribs and your collar bone. It is two finger widths above the crease where your arm meets your chest.
Application: Using the tip of the pointer finger, apply pressure.
Impact: This method stabilizes emotional storms, and improves deep breathing and circulation of the blood.
You can use each of these methods anywhere, at any time. They are not the only ways to remove stress, but they are a valuable tool in your toolkit.
To learn more about acupressure and these pressure points, visit http://www.modernreflexology.com/top-9-acupressure-points-relieve-stress-anxiety. For a more complex look, visit http://www.acupressure.com. In both cases you will find that beginning a personal acupressure practice is relatively easy, though like any art, takes time to master.