A Funny Thing Happen on the Way to the Forehead.
One of the most common problems people have is headaches. Sinus headaches. Tension headaches. Migraines. Most people get a headache every now and again.
As a massage therapist, I have always attacked a headache in pretty much the same, manual way. Lightly massage the temples. Work the neck. Hit the occipitals.
As a teacher, I’ve relearned many of the lessons of yesteryear.
In Chinese medicine, there is a high awareness of meridian lines. There are 12 meridian lines running through your body that correlate with the body’s major organs.
Concentration on specific points in your body can release tension in other parts of your body.
The headache routine I normally did was vaguely based around meridian points I once learned. In class, we learned about points like UB2 (Urinary Bladder) and GB20 (Gall Bladder). UB2 is located between the upper corner of your eye socket and the bridge of your nose. GB20 is on the back of your head.
Relearning these points really honed the headache relief experience. A customer recently remarked that his headache was “Switched Off” after hitting one of these buttons.
Secondly, in Chinese medicine, Reflexology is a common practice. A customer came to me with a vicious sinus headache. After applying pressure to the hand and foot reflexology points corresponding to sinuses, her headache disappeared.
I was taken aback by the efficacy of these experiences. It shouldn’t be a surprise. Acupuncturists, Physical Therapists, Dry Needlers, Thai Therapists all use these theories. I certainly look forward to applying this relearned knowledge.
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