Easing the heart


Ren 17 (Conception Vessel 17) is a great point for relieving emotional stress weighing on the heart.

Named Shan Zhong, “Chest Center,” I add this point into my sessions for people who are in the midst of crisis, loss, and/or stressful times. The point is located in the center of chest, on the sternum (breast bone).

Ren 17 is at our heart center.

When we hold our emotions in, sometimes they get bunched up in this area. By applying gentle pressure to Ren 17 we encourage the unraveling of the energy associated with these emotions. You know things are loosening up when the breath deepens and the chest settles.

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.


  • Linda Rienzie

    Reply Reply October 12, 2014

    Glad you are intuitive, chapters are closing for all with these eclipses. So these points of pressure are a great way to release the old and welcome the new…very warming. Thank you Cindy ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac.

      Reply Reply October 13, 2014

      Linda – thanks for adding in the wider perspective, I hadn’t thought of that!

  • Rajeswari

    Reply Reply November 7, 2014

    Thank you for explaining the Importance of Ren 17 point

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac.

      Reply Reply November 8, 2014

      Rajeswari – you are welcome.

  • Lorraine

    Reply Reply January 13, 2015

    I’ll be looking at meridian therapy in a different light…thanks Cindy!!

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply November 18, 2016

      You are welcome!

  • alicia

    Reply Reply January 13, 2015

    Cindy., When I was in school 20 years ago, you had a teacher from Hawaii I think and I had a session with him and he worked on this point and reduced me to tears but afterword I felt so revitalized. He also did some silent yoga. After that day I used that point alot and I still work it often on myself.This is a wonderful gift to all therapist .Thanks again

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply November 18, 2016

      Thanks for sharing your story, you are inspiring!

  • Sylvie Atwood

    Reply Reply November 18, 2016

    Thanks Cindy! I just gently massaged that point and quickly broke into tears. Such a great release.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply November 18, 2016

      Wonderful, enjoy!

  • Tracey

    Reply Reply November 18, 2016

    I am learning Acutonics, and love adding this point into treatments, both for my client and myself.

  • Deepa

    Reply Reply October 26, 2017

    Yes it does.have tried this many times. Thanks a bunch for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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