Acupressure for Anxiety

by Jason on May 14, 2009

The techniques below demonstrate how to use acupressure and reflexology for anxiety. The biggest benefit to these exercises is that you can implement them anywhere.

Whether you’re at home, stuck in traffic or stressing at the office, acupressure and reflexology for anxiety will provide relief instantly.

The benefits of each of these exercises may differ a little, but by applying the pressure points below, you’ll effectively reduce anxiety, stress, panic and overall tension.

The techniques originate from chinese holistic medicine and have been used for centuries. By applying pressure at the specific reflexology points below, you can conquer motion sickness, insomnia, restlessness and of course intense moments of anxiety.

The methods work by interupting your cirulation at certain points of the body to create these calming changes. Let’s get started!


Point 1: Wrists

Starting from the wrist, measure down with three fingers as shown in the picture on the left. Where your third finger touches the middle of your wrist, you’ll find this first pressure point.

Take the thumb of your opposite hand and apply pressure to this point until you feel mild discomfort. Don’t hurt yourself, but make sure you apply enough pressure to feel an interuption of normal bloodflow.

Hold this pressure point, gently kneading your thumb in a tight circular motion for 2-3 minutes. Do this to both wrists and you’ll feel relief from your anxiety immediately.

You may already be familiar with this pressure point if you’ve ever been on a cruise ship. On a lot of cruise ships they sell wristbands that have small plastic beads in them. When you wear the wrist bands, the beads push on the wrist to apply acupressure for anxiety relief.

They have these wristbands because along with anxiety and stress relief, this acupressure point also relieves motion sickness and general nausea.


Point 2: Wrists 


This acupressure point for anxiety is also on the wrist. You may want to flex your fingers in and out several times to locate the main tendons.

Apply pressure with your thumb at the point where your wrist first forms a crease with your hand. You want to place your thumb right in the inside corner between the crease of your hand and the ouside of your wrist’s main tendons.

Hold the acupressure point for about 2 minutes, applying a generous amount of pressure.

This pressure point is especially good for relieving tension. I like to use it when I’m stuck at the office and need a quick “acupressure for anxiety” stress break.


Point 3: Feet


This is one of my favorite acupressure for anxiety techniques. I usually do this one when I get home at the end of a long day at work.

Sit on the edge of your bed or in a nice comfy couch. Cross one leg up over onto your opposite leg and rest your foot on your knee. With your hand, gently turn your ankle up so you’re looking down at the bottom of your foot.

Mentally divide the base of your foot into thirds from the toes down. So, from your toes to just under the ball of your foot would be the first one-third.

with the tip of your thumb, push firmly on the center of your foot just between the ball of your foot and the outer area of padding. The picture to the right shows you exactly where.

Hold this pressure point for at least two minutes and apply the same acupressure point to the other foot. This is REALLY relaxing at the end of the day. You can conveniently apply this acupressure for anxiety right after you get out of a shower too. Sometimes that’s how I include it into my morning routine.


Point 4: Scalp


 I absolutely love giving myself a scalp massage. Getting a scalp massage from a partner is obviously a better scenario. However, this acupressure method relieves stress so effectively, you can just massage your own scalp and feel the benefits instantly.

I won’t be teaching you any specific acupressure points here. You just need to understand that the scalp is a major reflexology point where different areas correspond to different organs and functions of the body.

Let your fingers wander over your scalp and gently massage in a circular motion. Feel free to move your hands down to your temples and even over your eyebrows.

Breath deeply anytime you practice reflexology or acupressure for anxiety. Feel your body letting go of all tension and stress. Enjoy the moment and empty your mind of all worries.

Take the time once a day to give yourself a 1 or 2 minute scalp massage for anxiety and know that this technique WORKS.


Point 5: Ears


This acupressure for anxiety technique is best performed in a relaxing chair while your back is straight. Get comfortable and make sure your surroundings are calm and quiet.

Gently massage your ears with your thumb and forefinger. There’s no exact pressure spot. Simply give yourself a relaxing ear massage. Let your fingers pull down gently on the lobes and rub the inner surface of the ears.

Do this exercise for about 2-3 minutes to feel the full effect.

The ears contain reflexology points just like the feet, head and wrists. Different areas of the ears correspond to nerve endings in your body. When you relax and massage your ears, you’ll feel soothed all over.

I like to implement this acupressure for anxiety right before bed. It always makes me just a little sleepy.

How to Stop Anxiety Permanently

If you want to stop anxiety, adding acupressure into your daily routine will certainly help. However, in order to permanently stop anxiety and end panic, you need a step-by-step solution.

Panic Away” is a program that’s been resolving people’s anxiety disorders for years. I’ve had many readers come back to me who are no longer dependent on their medication thanks to the program.

What’s nice is, “Panic Away” tailors to fit your needs. Whether you suffer from mild to moderate anxiety or have a severe panic disorder, their tactics work long-term.

You can check out the step-by-step program here.

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What activities have most helped reduce fear/anxiety?
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Reflexology London December 19, 2009 at 11:47 am

Thanks for the details about acupressure points to counter Anxiety/panic attacks. I know quite a few people that suffer this and it is useful to know some pressure points can help.

prasad July 2, 2011 at 7:41 am

i like this

armin fanni August 18, 2011 at 11:12 pm

thank you.that was useful.

Sushtauru August 19, 2012 at 7:01 am

Thank you! This helps

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