Acupressure Points for Headaches, Stiff Neck & Pain Relief

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

How to use the Gates of Consciousness Acupressure points (underneath the base of the skull) for self-healing

Learn Important Acupressure Points for Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Health and Healing

For physical concerns, these points are good for pain relief and also help relieve many other common complaints. For example, use them for headaches (including migraines), ringing in the ear, insomnia, fibromyalgia, tiredness, stiff neck, neck pain, eyestrain, and hypertension.

These points also help emotional issues, such as uptightness, irritability, judgmental attitudes, nervousness, and mental stress. They even have spiritual qualities, as you’ll see below.

If you experience any of these symptoms, then these two Acupressure points are a lifesaver. Keep reading, and I’ll describe in detail how to press these Acupressure points and what their many benefits are.


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

The Gates of Consciousness 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.

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.

Next, you can learn to give Acupressure treatments to others. Check the links at the bottom of this page to find out how.

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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Point Location for 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” (the trapezius) and the other neck  muscles (the sternocleidomastoid).

Self-Acupressure Treatment Take a few full, deep breaths, as you press underneath the base of your skull on both sides, about four finger-widths apart (about three inches). Use your thumbs, fingers, or knuckles to gradually apply pressure into the hollows under your skull. Close your eyes as you tilt your head back slowly.

Take long, slow, deep breaths as you hold these points for two to three minutes. Direct the pressure slowly and firmly into the center of your head.

To end your Self-Acupressure, inhale deeply as you bring your head back slightly more, then 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 for another minute or so, as you discover the benefits.

Acupressure Point Benefits As these Acupressure points release, 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 world leaders, politicians, business leaders, and 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, practice Acupressure on yourself and share it with everyone you know, and together we’ll make this a better world.

Spiritual Benefits of Opening the Gates of Consciousness When you continue to use these precious points, you’ll find that they lead you to more grace and wonder. Hold these points 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 ourselves and others.

To see a video demonstration of GB 20, here’s another page from this “Resources A to Z” section, titled Headache, Neck Pain, Stress, Insomnia & Pain Relief.

Going Further with Acupressure


The Acupressure Online Courses have enormous resources for you to explore, for helping both yourself and others.

SELF-TREATMENT: Acupressure Videos

For self-healing guidance on how to relieve shoulder and neck tension, aches and pains, and headaches, and to open these Gates of Consciousness points, practice the Acupressure Stress Relief program daily. This instructional video combines Acupressure, gentle stretching, and deep breathing. It’s available as a download, a DVD, or a 3-day rental.

SELF-TREATMENT: Acupressure Books & eBooks

Acupressure Pain Relief has extensive information, photos, and diagrams to help you use Acupressure to both relieve and prevent pain in all areas of the body. It’s available as a printed book and also as an eBook.

— Acupressure for Emotional Healing is another wide-ranging healing resource.


To Get Started For point formulas, illustrations and instructions for healing others, get the Basic Acupressure booklet, available as a printed booklet and also as an eBooklet.

For Experienced Practitioners To see how to use this specific point under the skull for relieving pain and emotional distress, see the Touching Emotions DVD (designed for trained, experienced, and emotionally stable practitioners).


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