Generally speaking, treating these points brings the body and mind back into balance so I often recommend to clients that they get into the habit of massaging these points first thing in the morning (to help energise and relax) and just before bedtime (to help balance and relax).
Give it a go! Let me know how you get on.
Shen Men (also known as 'Spirit Gate' or 'Divine Gate' in Traditional Chinese Medicine) - helps clear the mind and calm the spirit. As one of the Master points and most often used points, Shen Men helps alleviate stress, anxiety, pain, low mood, restlessness and insomnia. Shen Men is also one of the main ear points used in the detoxification of drugs, alcohol and in the treatment of substance abuse. Shen Men is also located on your wrist so if you’re finding it a bit tricky to find the right spot on your ear you’ll find this one easily!
Point Zero - is often associated with the solar plexus area in the body. When this point is treated it helps calm the mind and body as well as encouraging the body to return to a more balanced state.
Hegu (translated ‘Joining Valley’) - is one of the most often used acupuncture points. It is the main point used for pain anywhere in the body
Here's another useful point for you to add to your self-care 1st aid acupressure tool box. This one is a very popular acupuncture point which can be used to help treat stiffness, tension or tightness in the muscles and joints. It's great for knee pain, calf pain and foot pain (a great point to use if you're a keen jogger). It's also a great point for neck and shoulder stiffness, arm and hand pain as well as tennis elbow.
This point is also used to help address emotional stress, feelings of stuckness and irritability as it can help our muscles relax and encourage deep relaxed breathing.
This point is located on the outer side of your leg just below the knee joint - where your trouser seam would be. Find the bony prominence just below the knee joint and then slide your finger down and to the front of this bony prominence you'll find your finger naturally slide into a little dip - that's GB24.