Guidelines & Precautions for Beginners

Acupressure points can stimulate your self-healing abilities.

An Acupressure Chart is the road map for locating Acupressure points for both beginners and advanced practitioners.

If you’re an acupressure beginner, you may find the guidelines below helpful for relieving any apprehensions, fears, or doubts about using Acupressure for yourself. They will also answer some of your basic questions about how to apply pressure to the Acupressure points. Follow the five guidelines I have provided and use common sense, and you’ll find Acupressure is safe, effective, and easy to learn and use.

1. Apply pressure gradually and slowly. Hold the points with a light, steady pressure for 1 to 3 minutes. If the point is sore, use less pressure. If less pressure is still tender, use light touch. However, if you’re muscular or like deeper pressure, you can increase the pressure until it “hurts good.”
After holding a point, always hold it lightly for a minute before coming off it. That is, go into the point slowly, hold the point for a few minutes, then gradually release the point.
As you learn to do a self-Acupressure session with a number of points, for best results, you’ll end with relaxation. Sit or lie down in a very comfortable position with your eyes closed, relax, and breathe deeply for at least 5 to 10 minutes afterward. This deep relaxation enables the Acupressure points to balance the systems and the healing energy within your body.
However, if you don’t have much time, and can only hold a few points for a minute or two, you may not need to end with a deep relaxation. Or maybe you don’t have a good place to relax. Any Acupressure is better than none! It’s better to do what you can manage, even if it’s just a few minutes a day.
2. Do not press on cuts, wounds, or tumors, and stay away from pressing near your throat. As you press other points, you may experience warmth and some tingling. This can be a good sign that blood circulation is increasing to heal those areas. However, if you get dizzy, press the Sea of Tranquility point (called CV 17), located at the center of your chest. Here’s instruction on the CV 17 point to stabilize your body.
3. Only hold points for a few minutes. If you are an Acupressure beginner, do not press longer than 3 minutes on any one point. Always apply pressure slowly.
4. If you have a medical condition or on medication, hold the points more gently, for just a minute each. Be sure to get medical care. Acupressure can enhance your health and relieve common ailments, but it is not a substitute for getting medical attention and treatment. Please see a doctor, and get a second medical opinion if necessary, if you have severe health problems.
5. Breathe slowly, smoothly, and deeply while holding the Acupressure points and during the deep relaxation done after practicing self-Acupressure.
This website has many resources for your learning and growth. One good place to start is with the Acupressure Basics article, Acupressure Points, which is an overview for beginners.
For guidance on self-Acupressure for many common complaints, get the book, Acupressure’s Potent Points. To see an excerpt from the book, here’s the article on “Headaches & Migraines.” It has a simple self-care routine for you to try.
The Benefits of Acupressure are many and varied. Take some time to familiarize yourself with them and see how many different ways you can help yourself and others with Acupressure.
Going further. As you get more familiar with Acupressure, you might want to have a map that shows where all the Acupressure points are located — an Acupressure Chart. The most effective points are shown larger, which makes them easy to find and use. The Chart also comes with a 16-page reference booklet to help you work with the points.

Acupressure developed in China as a folk healing art 5,000 years ago.


Applying these guidelines and using common sense makes Acupressure safe. It will empower you to become more self-reliant and take greater responsibility for your own health. Welcome to the world of healing and optimal health!


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