Tired all the time? TCM can help. Not getting enough sleep, work stress, lifestyle challenges can take a toll on your body. If you are looking for some quick fixes, Ms Ong Fang Ying, a TCM physician at Raffles Chinese Medicine, recommends these simple massages to perk yourself up wherever you go:
1. Jing Ming
Where: The depression in the inner corner of the eye when the upper and lower eyelids meet.
What to do: With eyes closed, use your fingers or joint area of your index and middle fingers to massage this point gently.
Benefits: Relieves eye fatigue.
2. Dan Zhong
Where: Located at the centre of your chest along the nipple line.
What to do: Close your eyes. Breathe in and out slowly. Clasp your hands together. With your hands moving up and down rhythmically, apply pressure with the side of your thumbs to massage this point.
Benefits: Helps to relieve stress, dispel anger and improve Qi circulation in the body.
3. Feng Chi
Where: Located at the base of your skull, in the depression between the two longitudinal neck muscles.
What to do: Clasp your hands at the back of your neck and use your thumbs to massage this point in a circular motions for three to five minutes.
Benefits: Relieves tension on the head and neck.
4. Ear Massage
What to do: Place your ear in between your middle and ring fingers. Keeping your fingers straight, slide you fingers up and down briskly. You will feel your ears slowly warming up.
Benefits: Improves Qi and blood circulation in the head. Helps you to recharge and rejuvenate quickly.
5. He Gu
Where: Located between the first and second metacarpal bones, right beside the midpoint of the second metacarpal bone.
What to do: Knead this point in a circular motion for three to five minutes. You should feel a slight sore and aching sensation when you have located it correctly.
Benefits: Relieves headaches and improves Qi and blood circulation.
Note: Pregnant ladies should avoid pressing this point.
6. Nei Guan
Where: Located three fingers below the wrist line on the inside of your wrist.
What to do: With your eyes closed, use your thumb to press down on this point for three to five minutes while taking slow and deep breaths.
Benefits: Relieves nausea and stress, and improves Qi circulation.