The savior for those who are overstressed and easily agitated… “5-second pressure points” can help you feel nervous before a meeting or presentation! | FRIDAY DIGITAL

The savior for those who are overstressed and easily agitated… “5-second pressure points” can help you feel nervous before a meeting or presentation!

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361 “pressure points” have been validated by WHO

If you always get nervous before speaking at a meeting or giving a presentation, pressing pressure points to relieve tension will calm you down and help you perform more consistently. If you remember the acupuncture points, you can deal with them immediately when you feel nervous,” says an acupuncturist and moxibustion therapist.

says Tomoya Tanaka, an acupuncturist and international Chinese medicine doctor.

Surprisingly, many people suffer from “stage fright,” which causes nervousness and shallow breathing, dry mouth, shaky and sweaty hands, and other symptoms when appearing in front of others. Moreover, when you are surrounded by people who can speak fluently, it is even more difficult to talk to others about it.

When you are nervous, your heart pounds and you feel restless because your sympathetic nervous system is dominant. Agarikoshi is common among perfectionists who believe that they cannot fail,” says Tanaka (PHOTO: AFLO).

Pressure points are a form of self-care in Oriental medicine. Acupuncture and moxibustion, in which acupuncture points are stimulated with needles and moxibustion, is one of them. Most people probably think, “Where are acupuncture points? Most people probably think, “Where are acupuncture points?

According to Oriental medicine, the body is thought to have energy pathways called “meridians. There are 14 meridians on the front and back sides of the body, and acupuncture points are located along these meridians. In other words, meridians are like train lines and acupoints are like stations.

In Oriental medicine, a healthy body is one in which qi (energy) and blood (blood) flow smoothly. The acupoints are the places where these qi and blood gather. By stimulating pressure points where there are problems, the stagnation of qi and blood is eliminated, and the physical and mental condition of the body improves.

Points are located all over the body, from the top of the head to the tips of the feet. When you feel refreshed after rubbing your head and shoulders or warming the area around your eyes, it is because the surrounding acupoints have been stimulated and the qi and blood have circulated. Although pressure points are often thought of as mere folk remedies, they are also used in the medical field, and their effectiveness is recognized around the world.

The effectiveness of acupoints is also recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), and currently 361 acupoints have been certified. The analogy of “train lines and stations” is apt. In Tokyo, major stations such as Tokyo Station and Shinagawa Station are highly convenient and play an important role. Similarly, some acupoints are “universal acupoints” that not only improve the body’s tendency to become tense, but also help with a variety of physical and mental ailments.

Three acupressure points for nervousness that calm the nerves

There are three acupressure points that help calm the “nervousness” caused by nervousness: “Go-tani,” “Roukyuu,” and “Dan-chu. Hegoku and Lougu are hand pressure points. They can be pressed until just before a meeting or presentation, and people around you will not notice.

The “Hegoku” acupuncture point on the back of the hand helps to improve the circulation of qi. Press it when you want to loosen your stiff and tense body. In addition to helping to calm the mental state, Astragalus is an all-purpose acupuncture point that can be used to relieve headaches and toothache, and to prevent colds. It is recommended that you make it a habit to press the Avalokitesvara pressure point on a regular basis to take care of your physical condition.

The standard time and frequency for pressing any of the pressure points is 5 seconds x 5 sets. You can decrease or increase the time and frequency, but only to the extent that you feel comfortable and at ease.

Googoku: The base of the thumb and forefinger bones. The hollow where the bones form a V shape. Press the hollow with the opposite hand and push with the thumb toward the bone of the index finger with a strong, resounding push. Switch hands and do the same on the other side.

The second is the “Labor Palace” located on the palm side. This pressure point cools down the heat in the body and prevents reddening of the face. It is also effective for those who suffer from stomach aches when they are nervous.

Labor Palace: Between the tips of the index and middle fingers when the hand is held in a “goo” position. Use the thumb of the opposite hand to push up toward the fingertips from the wrist side, pressing just enough to feel good. Switch hands and do the same on the other side.

The third is the “danchu,” the area in the middle of the chest. The third is the danchu, located in the middle of the chest, which can be reached by rubbing it from top to bottom or by placing your hands on top of each other.

The Danchu regulates breathing and calms the rising qi in the lungs and stomach. If you feel your breath rises when you are nervous, or if you have coughing fits, try rubbing the jiao zhong. It will help you feel at ease.

The danchu is located in the middle of the line connecting the right and left nipples. Warm the danchu by rubbing it from top to bottom with the palm of your hand or by holding it with your hand. You can also use the method of pressing slowly to the extent that you feel a slight pain.

Many modern people have stagnant “liver qi”.

In Oriental medicine, people who are prone to nervousness are considered to have a poor flow of qi from the “liver” among the five vital organs. Since the liver controls the autonomic nervous system and emotions, it causes mental restlessness in important situations.

The liver is also closely related to the muscles, so the body stiffens when tense. The liver is also a tank for blood, and when it does not work well, blood also becomes scarce, causing the hands and voice to tremble and making it difficult to think clearly.

Since the liver is affected by stress, it is safe to say that most people today have a weak liver. It is important to take care of the liver by avoiding overworking, such as by releasing stress frequently, having time to rest the head, and not working too much to get a good night’s sleep. This is the basis for improving one’s constitution to overcome agarikoshi.

When pressing the pressure points on the hands, the standard amount of pressure is “just enough to feel good. The more painful the pressure point is, the more effective it feels, but this is not true. The best pressure point pressure is at a strength that feels comfortable to you.

Everyone feels pressure when speaking in public. To relieve tension as much as possible, drinking a drink and exercising can be effective.

Mint helps to smooth the flow of qi and cool excess heat. If you feel soppy and restless, try drinking mint-flavored tablets or mint tea. Milk has a calming effect, so mixing it with coffee or tea is also recommended. Also, stretching your body and opening your chest will deepen your breathing.

It is also a good idea to have some “reassurance” that you can return to your normal self, such as “watching this video calms me down. The more perfectionistic you are, the more likely you are to become overstretched. It will be easier if you don’t seek perfection in everything and think of failure as part of the experience.

For those who get nervous easily but don’t want others to know, pressure points can be a lifesaver. By secretly relaxing your mind before a meeting or presentation, you may find that you are less nervous than usual.

Tomoya Tan aka is an acupuncturist, international Chinese medicine specialist (international Chinese physician), and international medicinal herbs manager. He provides Chinese medicine consultation at “CoCo Bikanpo” in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. She also teaches at an acupuncture school. Her X (formerly Twitter), where she tweets about her daily regimen, is popular and has 150,000 followers. He is the author of many books, including “Self-care for every ailment: Ouchi yosei kikinon no 100” (KADOKAWA).

  • Interview and text by Yoko Kemmochi

    Born in Yamagata Prefecture in 1983, Yoko Tunemochi worked for 10 years in the editorial department of a health information magazine, editing monthly magazines and web media before becoming a freelance writer. Currently, she interviews, plans, and writes for doctors and specialists, focusing on health care and medical fields.

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