Acupressure For Stress Relief

April 3, 2014

Acupuncture / HEALTH / The Monthly Point

Acupressure Shen MenThis is the first in a monthly feature series I’ll be doing called The Monthly Point. I will feature an acupunture point for you to locate and stimulate for the associated desired effect. Here is a general explanation of how acupuncture works. Let’s get started! (disclaimer: discuss all medical conditions with your health provider whenever necessary)

Acupuncture Points

Each acupuncture point is simply a location on the body. Every point has a precise anatomical location, Chinese name and many have an associated number as well. 


Now acuPRESSURE is the act of putting pressure on acupuncture points. You can do this with your fingers or a blunt massage tool. This stimulates the point and creates the associated balancing action/healing action of the point. 

Shen Men, or Heavenly Gate, is a spirit calming point. You can rub this point to relax yourself.

It’s located in each ear within what is called the triangular fossa. Before I went to school for acupuncture, I seriously thought all ears were unique. What I learned is that everyone’s ear has the same structures and you can use these structures as a map to find the same point on any ear. 

Shen Men is located here in the outer corner of that little triangle in your upper ear. 

I am pointing to Shen Men here, using the blunt ended handle of an acupuncture needle. My fingers are wrapped around the plastic protective guide tube.

Shen MenI just digitally placed a blue-green dot where the point is precisely located:

Shen Men

Place your finger on the point and your thumb behind the ear to support it. Then just rub. Take a few moments to close your eyes and breath deeply. You can kind of pinch the area with your fingers or nail (do not break the skin of course) and rub in a circular or back and forth motion. 
Acupressure Shen Men

I like to stimulate both points at once!Acupressure Shen Men

How did you enjoy that?! 

Here’s a pinnable tutorial:

Instant Acupressure For Stress Relief

  • Great great! Finally bringing some acu-stuff (acupuncture, acupressure, all the acu’s!) into the blog. Healing the world, one point at a time. Love it!

    • Thanks, Trace! I love this stuff. I’m totally hoping it will help people. XO

  • This is so cool! I’m looking forward to learning more about this!

    • Nice! Thank you! I am excited about doing more and I’m so thrilled with the response! 🙂

  • Thank you so much for this Christina!! I will have to show this to my husband as well. I’ve used acupuncture before and it helped with my tinnitus.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

    • Thank YOU! Love to hear great acupuncture stories like yours! I just gave my husband an acupuncture treatment for his sore shoulder last night! I miss practicing and these posts will hopefully help people. 🙂

  • This is awesome! Girl I am so looking forward to more of your posts on this!

    • Thank you so much! I was totally hoping for some good feedback! Yay!

  • withluckblog

    this is so awesome! I’m really excited for more of these posts!

    • Oh, thank you! I love to do them! I’m so thankful for the positive feedback!

  • Now I’m going to be rubbing my ears for a month until your next acupressure post.

    • Yes! This would be a great one for you. It’s also great for husbands. 😉

  • oh this is is so smart. I love this. Thanks for sharing!


    • Thanks, Nancy. I love simple happy fixes. 😉 I hope you enjoy!

  • So I think you are my new best friend. This is so awesome! I am going to try this right now!

  • BlushandBarbells

    Thanks for the tutorial. I know I’ll be using this tip often.

  • ah this is so cool. and I can always use some relaxation, so i’ll give this a try!

    • Thanks, Jackie! I am always secretly wishing you will divulge interesting legal info! 😉 I hope you enjoy this! Try it on your husband…and the pugs!

      • sadly I have no useful legal advice to give haha. but I do actually rub the pugs’ ears because they’re sooooo soft. so it’s more of a relaxation thing for me too ha.

  • This is so cool! I’ve never done acupressure before, but I’m definitely going to give this a try and I hope it works! And I just have to add… your long hair is gorgeous and I adore your freckles! So pretty!! 🙂

    • Wow, Abby! Thank you! My hair IS getting so long. I really do think it’s being pregnant. I hope you like the acupressure. I’m looking forward to expanding on this series. 🙂

  • Pamela Bannon

    My hubby got acupressure to quit smoking on 11/11 and hasn’t had a drag since! I didn’t think it would work but it did! I’m a believer!

    • Oh it’s so cool to hear examples like this! I have seen some “miracles” and some gentle changes. It is such a beautiful medicine! Thank you!