Meridian Massage and Digestion
Meridian Massage utilizes both acupressure points and massage to balance the flow of energy. Working with just three acupressure points can improve digestion. When the energy (called Qi – pronounced “chee”) is balanced and flowing, we experience health and vitality. The Meridian Massage approach integrates abdominal massage and acupressure points to support healthy digestion.
3 Acupressure Points for Digestion
- Stomach 25 (ST 25)
ST 25 is level with the navel, and just two cun (2 thumb widths) lateral to the navel. All acupressure points are located on both sides of the body; notice that ST 25 is found on both sides of the abdomen. Massage both acupoints for the best results.
- Spleen 15 (SP 15)
SP 15 is level with the navel, and four cun (4 thumb widths) lateral to the navel. All acupressure points are located on both sides of the body; notice that SP 15 is found on both sides of the abdomen. Massage both acupoints for the best results.
- Stomach 36
ST 36 is just below the knee, on the outside of the lower leg. It is three cun (3 thumb widths) below the knee cap, and 1 cun away from the shin bone (tibia). All acupressure points are located on both sides of the body; ST 36 is on both legs. Massage ST 36 on both legs for the best results.
Combining acupressure points
To get the best results, massage two acupoints at the same time. This creates an energetic synergy that boosts the action of each acupoint.
To support digestion, combine contact and massage to ST 36 and ST 25. Massage these two points for 30 seconds to a minute, noticing if your client wants more or less pressure. The amount of time varies based on what your client wants – always ask for feedback and adjust accordingly. Next, combine ST 36 with SP 15.
Abdominal massage for digestion
Gentle contact to the abdomen is very helpful for digestion. The intention of this type of massage is to relax the whole body and mind, while stimulating the flow of Qi within the digestive organs. Add pressure when your client exhales, and soften your pressure when they inhale. By working with the breath, you put your client at ease and offer more precise pressure to the abdominal organs.
Combine acupressure points and massage
The best results come from a combination of abdominal massage with the acupoint combinations given above. Meridian Massage is just that, the combination of massage to a general area, with meridians and acupressure points. Experiment on yourself, notice your experience, wonder, and practice more. Experience will be your best teacher!