Apply gentle yet firm pressure to each of these points to relieve sinus pain due to sinus pain from sinusitis and sinus congestion.
The four points shown on the diagram are located on both sides of the face. In total, you will contact eight acupressure points. With the person lying face up, sit behind their head and apply pressure to one set of points at a time.
Encourage the sinus sufferer to fully drop the weight of their head onto the supporting surface, close their eyes, and breathe normally. Allow your pressure to deepen when they exhale. Ask if you are applying enough pressure, or too much. Together, you will figure out just how much pressure is needed.
5- 10 minutes of acupressure will bring relief.
Take your time. Hold each point for 3 – 5 breaths, slowly release your contact and move onto the next set of points. Repeat this process a few times until relief is felt.
Once the sinuses open, the pressure will reduce and the sinus pain will also reduce. Now it’s time for you to give a simple short foot massage. Massaging the feet balances the energy from head to toe, bringing even more relief.
Aromatherapy and Massage
Here is a tip from Andrea Butje, of Aromahead Institute:
You can add essential oils to enhance the effects of your massage! For the sinuses, try making your own inhaler with 5 drops of eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) and 10 drops of black spruce (Picea mariana).
For the foot massage add 5 drops of peppermint (Mentha x pipertia) into 1 oz of unscented lotion or cream. This will stimulate circulation and open the sinuses even further.
Check out Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists! Andrea and I worked together to create this thorough and practical online course.
Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT
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