Today, the immune system is the topic of the day. Many of my horse friends are now finishing their competitive seasons. In this transition period of training into rest, they are requesting these acupressure points, to help boost their immune systems, to replenish and fortify their systems, which may have become depleted over the course of the summer due to frequent exposure to trailering, competitions and other horses who may have had contagious conditions. All of these acupressure points are beneficial in strengthening the immune system.
Acupressure is an ancient healing art developed in Asia over 3,000 years ago, using the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension, and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force energy (Qi or chi) to promote health and healing. Using the same points as Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupressure applies a comfortable range of pressure from gentle to firm. Acupressure is safe, non-toxic and definitely habit forming… and the horses love it!
To perform acupressure, place the ball of your thumb or middle finger on the acupressure point. Gently apply direct pressure to the point while exhaling. Use prolonged pressure directly on the point; gradual, steady, penetrating pressure for approximately three minutes is ideal. Slowly release the point while inhaling and move on to the next point. Trust yourself, relax, breath deeply, go with the flow of energy and enjoy!