How to Apply Pressure to Points When Doing Shiatsu

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  • 1). Think of an acupressure point as a well of energy flowing into a meridian, or an energy flow, just like a river flows into a swimming hole.

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    Find an acupressure point by using anatomical landmarks and touch sensitivity. Points are often found in a hollow, a groove in a bone, or in a depression between muscles or muscle fibers.

  • 3

    Use the pad - not the tip - of your thumb, index finger or middle finger when applying pressure to the points.

  • 4

    Slide your finger along a bone or muscle until you find a hollowed area or a protrusion. Vary your pressure from very light to deep. Note that you can still feel the pressure point when your touch is very light.

  • 5). Apply pressure to the point using a light to moderate touch depending on your sensitivity. Use enough pressure to feel the tension or hardness when on a tense point. If the pain is so great that you're unable to take a deep breath, you're applying too much pressure.

  • 6). Allow the movement of ki (energy) to guide the depth of pressure. Let your fingers sink into the point as you apply pressure gradually. Apply and release pressure to encourage the point to open and to promote the flow of energy.

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    Massage the point by making tiny circular movements with your finger.

  • 8). Hold the point until you feel a movement or change beneath your touch. This may be felt as a softening or warmth.

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