Acupressure Points

How to Apply Pressure to Acupressure Points


Acupressure PointsHow do I contact acupressure points?

This is a great question!
How to contact, press, or massage an acupressure point is one of the most common questions people ask me. Below is my protocol for working with acupressure (also known as acupoints, points, acupuncture points).

7 Steps for contacting acupressure points:

  1. Be centered, grounded, and connected to your breath and energy
  2. Allow your energy to guide you as you gently place your finger or thumb on the acupressure point
  3. As you make contact, allow all of your mental focus and awareness to seep through your body to the acupressure point
  4. Allow your pressure to sink into the point
  5. Always notice how your pressure is being received

    Ask the person to verbalize if they want more or less pressure.
    Notice if their breathing becomes restrained (lighten your pressure), or more relaxed (you have the right amount of pressure).
  6. Keep your intention focused while sensing the Qi (energy) at the acupressure point.
  7. You will feel an urge to vary the depth, to use small circular massage, or to be still – follow that urge. These urges are your intuition responding to the Qi. This is your direct guidance from the Qi.

Your contact will vary from person to person, and from acupoint to acupoint. Because we are all different, it makes sense that our contact with acupressure points will vary based on our individual differences.

Honor your experiences as they are your direct learning from Qi.

With practice and experience you will be confident in your ability to know how much pressure to use on acupressure points. I promise!

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About The Author

Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.

10 Comments

  • CindyM

    Reply Reply July 28, 2016

    Thank you Cindy, as always you are able to explain how to best use our knowledge, understanding and intuition as we learn to use accupressure.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply July 28, 2016

      You are welcome! 🙂

  • SUSAN

    Reply Reply July 28, 2016

    Hi Cindy. I just wanted to give you feedback regarding current class I am in 60 Transformational Acupoints. I am really learning a lot. Thanks for yesterday comments particularly making a distinction regarding western and eastern approach in acupuncture or homopathic treatment (the quick fix approach)! Rather then approaching the systems of the whole body knowing , with many of our clients, you need to suggest there are lifestyle issues involved which is more then one treatment of a couple points.
    Also, like what you shared in preparing yourself before you start your work day. Thanks

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply July 28, 2016

      Thanks Susan! I appreciate hearing about your experience – thanks for writing 🙂

  • Sheri Ferber

    Reply Reply January 3, 2017

    Thank you.

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