This week I’ll show some acupressure points for menopause. Menopause is caused by hormone imbalance and these points will help balance the hormones. These will also help other issues caused by hormone imbalance.
関元 (CV 4) Find the belly button. The first one is four finger widths below the belly button. This is called Conception Vessel 4. I like to press it with my middle finger supported by index and ring finger.
血海 (SP 10 ): Bend your knees. The first point is two thumbs or three finger width up from the upper inner corner of your patella or knee cap. It’s right above the depression by the knee when you firmly straighten your leg. Press these points on both sides with hooked thumbs or one side at a time with overlapped thumbs. When you press with overlapped thumbs anchor your hands around your thigh and gently spread open the back of the knee to save your thumbs. This point is called Spleen 10.
三陰交 (SP 6): The next point is also on your leg. Four finger width up from the inner ankle bone. If you go up from the ankle bone you’ll feel a dip on the border of the shin bone and most likely it’s painful to press. This is called Spleen 6. Press these points with hooked thumbs on both sides, or overlapped thumbs with both hands on the shin. Gently bring the shin muscles to save your thumbs. Here’s overlapped thumbs with the hands wrapped around the leg. You can also raise your knee if that’s more comfortable. Find the position that works for you.
太渓 (K 3) – The next one is the depression between the inner ankle bone and the Achilles tendon. This is called Kidney 3. You can simply pinch the depressions next to the Achilles tendon on both sides with your fingers.
Four points on the sacrum: The next set of points are on the sacrum. Sacrum is a triangular bone at the base of the spine. As you can see there are four holes for the nerves on each side. Feel these holes on your sacrum. It may be easier to bend forward to feel them. Each of these holes is the acupressure point. Unless you are very flexible and strong it’s hard to press these points with fingertips so once you learn the location you can press them with your knuckles while you are sitting in the chair.
Press these points as you breathe deeply for one minute once a day or twice a day. Hope this is helpful!
Massage Monday #312 – Acupressure Points for Menopause and Hormone Imbalance http://bit.ly/mm-101716