Monday, September 26, 2011

The third eye massage

The third eye point in Chinese acupuncture is called Yintang and translates into the Hall of Impression, it is a great point used to calm the mind from stress, headaches and to help decongest the nose.

Its location lies in between the eyebrows and is one of my favorite points to have needled or massaged. It is one of the most well-known and often used points for relaxing the body and mind along with opening up the mid-line acupuncture meridian of the body called the Governing Vessel. This is an excellent point to massage to help alleviate all kinds of stress or frontal headaches. It is also a great point to help calm down children, especially infants who are irritable.

To apply this to infants it is best to use light strokes up and down the area with one finger for a few minutes or until the child becomes relaxed. For adults it is best to massage the area by applying pressure with the thumb, index and middle fingers. Apply a desired pressure while bringing the fingers close together then move them farther apart. Massage for as long as desired.

In acupuncture this point is typically needled to also help with anxiety, insomnia, help stop nose bleeds, help reduce high blood pressure and help relieve sinus issues. Due to its ability to relax the mind and body its application with other points can be very effective to increase the effectiveness of any treatment.

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