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Techniques of foot acupressure

This post is a continuation of the introduction of foot acupressure from last post. The techniques of foot acupressure is pretty much the same as hand acupressure. Just more techniques for tougher and bigger reflexive area on foot.  Let's have some revisions here. One thing to remember is that do not apply foot acupressure when you have fever, nausea, pregnancy and some disease that really needs a doctor to take care of.

Ways of stimulation:

1. Thumb acupressure – use your whorled surface of thumb to rub or massage the reflexive area and acupoints. There are two ways to massage, one is direct press, another is press and rub around the acupoint with the thumb tip. The method depends on what kind of illnesses. Usually press and count 1, 2, 3 and release, press  and count 1, 2, 3 and release, repeat for as long as needed for different case.  The strength of massage is usually hard, but some illness can’t take too much stimulation.  You can also use your thumb tip or finger knuckle and apply pressure gradually to the reflexive areas and acupoints. Rubbing will be pressure applied to the reflexive area with a circular motion. If it's for pain relief, acupressure can be applied until that pain is relieved or until the acupoints or reflexive area turned red or heated up.

2. Cigarette moxibustion – use a lighted cigarette or the Chinese medical moxibustion to approach the acupoints for heating stimulation. Be sure not to burn the skin. Horizontally held cigarette is actually better then pointing the acupoints vertically. Make sure you don’t burn your skin, 5mm distance should be close enough. Approach, and then away. Repeat 7-15 times. Depends on what kind of illnesses, sometimes we’ll have to do it every day. Note that we never do this after shower or a bath.

3. Toothpick/pointy device – this is to replace the acupuncture needle while this gives a stronger stimulation then acupressure or cigarette. It’s easier to use a bunch of toothpicks (5-10) for stimulation because normally we’re not that accurate pointing to the acupoints. Although we don’t want to hurt our skin, feeling pain and stimulation during the process is important. Otherwise it’s not going to be effective. Usually 1, 2 press, 3, 4 away, 1, 2 press, 3, 4 away, keep repeating in this tempo. First timer can try like 10 times.

4. Various devices for bigger areas - Other than the above techniques, rubbing the reflexive areas with brush, comb, toothbrush, or use a hair dryer to heat up the areas can work too.