There are 4 well-known “longevity pressure points” of the human body in Chinese pressure point or acupuncture studies. By massaging these pressure points everyday, we are able to cultivate healthy qi and blood flow throughout our bodies.
The armpit, foot socket, elbow, and navel all represent the depressed parts of the natural curvature in our bodies. These depressed areas actually house less-known acupuncture points that in fact play a key part in boosting our wellbeing. In traditional Chinese medicine, massaging these 4 “longevity pressure points are vital to cleansing and clearing our bodies, preventing diseases, and maintaining health.
While armpits are a part of the body people rarely touch unless shaving, they form an important part of the body in traditional Chinese medicine.
Specifically, there is an acupuncture point in the armpit, called the Jiquan point. Massaging the Jiquan point can relieve discomfort associated with the heart, such as chest tightness and chest burns.
In addition, the armpit houses the lymphoid tissue and arteriovenous blood vessels. Stimulating these points via massage can lead to improvement in blood circulation, stimulation of the lymphatic tissue, regulation of blood flow and qi, and cleansing the mind and body.
Massage method suggested by traditional Chinese medicine literature: Alternating between the left and right hands, massage the armpits 15 times clockwise and then 15 times counterclockwise. Be sure to control the strength of the fingers, massaging gently for 3-5 minutes per round.
The Foot Socket
There is a saying in China from the olden days that describes the foot as the second heart of the human body. Indeed, many people who are familiar with massage or acupuncture may recognize the feet as the home of many different pressure points that promote overall wellness and health.
The heart of the foot, the foot socket is home to an important acupuncture point called the Yongquan point. The Yongquan point is also known as Changshou point, or Longevity point, in traditional Chinese medicine. The lowest point in the body, the Yongquan point serves as the channel to which the kidney meridian flows and it also replenishes kidney energy and yang energy in the body.
Massage method suggested by traditional Chinese medicine literature: Massage the Yongquan point with the palm until the foot feels warm.
The location of the navel is closely connected with the digestive system. As such, massaging the navel can promote better digestion.
Specifically, there is an important pressure point on the navel called the Shenque point. The Shenque point is the 8th pressure point in the Ren Du Channel in traditional Chinese medicine. Located in the middle of the navel, the Shenque point promotes longevity, warms the body, and replenishes the yang energy should it be massaged often.
Massage method suggested by traditional Chinese medicine literature: Lying down on your back, put your hands together and place your palms on the navel. Massage for 30 to 40 rounds clockwise, then do the same counterclockwise.
The elbow crease is a depressed area formed by the elbow joint from the connection between two bones in the upper body. Populated densely with meridians, inducing the lung, heart, pericardial meridians, the elbow crease houses pressure points that help with toxin-induced insomnia, fatigue, weakness, and cold hands and feet.
Massage method suggested by traditional Chinese medicine literature: Extend both elbows, then gently pat the right elbow crease with the palm of the left hand 50-100 times. Then, repeat the same process on the opposite elbow crease.
I hope that this will be helpful to you in your wellness journey! Remember, tenacity and continuity are key in seeing ultimate results. Looking forward to hearing about how this worked out for you 🙂
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