Lay on your back, and rest your hands on your belly. Right there in the middle is your belly button – a perfect reference point for simple self massage. Think of your naval as the center of a compass – now find North, South, East, and West about an inch or two from this center. You just located four acupuncture points.
These are great points to support your digestion, relaxation, and breath.
- Sink pressure into each point one at time using your index and third fingers together.
- Press around gently, add pressure when you exhale, release pressure when you inhale.
- Stay on each point for at least three breathes.
Take your time, practice, give yourself 5 to 10 attempts to get it right. You know you have it “right” when it feels right to you. Which is why you have to explore and practice to find the point and the correct amount of pressure.
Massaging just these four points every night for a week or two will help you to connect more deeply with your abdomen, your breath, and your organs.
In Asian cultures, the abdomen is a sacred area. It is the center, the core, known as “Hara” in Japanese. Massaging your abdomen, your Hara, gives you access to this sacred energy.