Acupressure Points for Headaches, Stiff Neck & Pain Relief

Using the "Gates of Consciousness" acupressure points underneath the base of the skull for relief.

Using the “Gates of Consciousness” acupressure points underneath the base of the skull for relief.

For pain relief and common complaints such as headaches, including migraines, vision zigzangs, ringing in the ear, insomnia, fibromyalgia, tiredness, stiff neck, neck pain, eyestrain, uptightness, irritability, judgmental attitudes, nervousness, hypertension, and mental stress – or any combination of these symptoms – these two acupressure points underneath the base of the skull are a lifesaver.

I’ll describe in detail how to press these acupressure points for yourself and its benefits.

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These acupressure points (referred to as GB 20) regulate the circulation into the brain, they are called the Gates of the Mind, and are also known as the Gates of Consciousness. When these Acupressure points are blocked, you may feel uptight, have pressure in your head, short sightedness, and it may be difficult to cope and make wise decisions.

These Acupressure points relieve pain by releasing the body’s natural pain relievers known as endorphins. By opening the healing energy through these Acupressure points you can relieve stiffness, especially stiff necks, arthritic pains, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. There are many acupressure points for these problems, but GB 20 is one of the most potent points for obtaining relief.

Do you know anyone with any of these common complaints? If so, pay special attention to the following detailed directions for releasing blockages in these acupressure points. First, learn to apply the pressure on yourself. This will not only help you, but also support you in feeling the right amount of pressure needed and the most optimum angle for applying pressure. Please share this information and guidance so we can collectively uplift humanity, making this a better world to live in, enjoying nature’s bounty.

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Acupressure Point Location of GB 20: Below the base of the skull, in the hollows on both sides of the neck, between the two vertical neck muscles. You will feel these large hollows underneath the skull bone, below the occipital ridge between the “traps” (trapezius) and other neck (sternocleidomastoid) muscles.

Self-Acupressure Treatment Application: Take a few full, deep breaths, as you press underneath the base of your skull on both sides, about four finger widths – or three inches – apart. Use your thumbs, fingers, or knuckles to gradually apply pressure into the hollows of your skull. Close your eyes as you tilt your head back slowly. Take long, slow deep breaths as you hold for two to three minutes. Direct the pressure slowly and firmly into the center of your head.

These acupressure points relax the nervous system, the brain, and release stiff necks and headaches. Inhale deeply as you bring your head back slightly more, and exhale as you release the pressure, allowing your hands to glide into your lap. Let your head come downward to relax your neck. Continue to take slow, smooth, deep breaths as you discover the benefits. If you’re interested, I’ll write another article to describe skillful ways to apply Asian Bodywork Therapy techniques to these Gates of Consciousness acupressure points on someone else.

Acupressure Point Benefits: As these Acupressure points release, you’ll find that instead of all the uptight symptoms I mentioned in the beginning of this article, you will be more peaceful and have more mental clarity. What a difference it would be to have most people alert, calm, clear, awake, and inspired to obtain great achievements. This natural happiness is overwhelmingly contagious. When you continue to use these precious points you’ll find that the benefits lead to more grace and wonder.

Open the Gates of Consciousness, with slow, deep breaths, until you experience the vast oneness of creation. Peace of mind is available to all – for free. These acupressure points are sacred, precious keys for obtaining a balance between our mind and body, enabling us to heal each other, and ourselves. When world leaders, politicians, business leaders, as well as mothers and fathers have energy flowing freely through these points – we’ll be living more harmoniously. Can you think of anything more important? Well, then – ‘keep on pressing on’ – on yourself and everyone you know; together we’ll make this a better world.


• SELF-TREATMENT  For self-healing guidance on how to relieve shoulder and neck tension, aches and pains, headaches, and open these Gates of Consciousness points, practice the Acupressure Stress Relief DVD daily.

• ACUPRESSURE FOR OTHERS – Point formulas, illustrations and instructions for healing others is available in the Basic Acupressure booklet. To actually see how to use this point under the skull for relieving pain and emotional distress, see the Touching Emotions DVD (for trained, experienced and emotionally stable practitioners).


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