Techniques to relieve body tension in everyday life

Body aches, without having exercised, can be a sign of tension caused by stress and anxiety . Sometimes we don’t even realize that our muscles are tight and tense, and we can only relax after a hot bath and other simple techniques to relieve tension. Learn some of them now and start practicing.

The power of Traditional Chinese Medicine to relieve tension:

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is well known in Brazil. There are several doctors and therapists specializing in techniques that serve to relieve physical and mental tension, and contribute to the treatment of various diseases, when recommended by the doctor.

TCM is a medical system that has been around for over 2,000 years and is based on the philosophy that illness results from improper flow of life force (qi).

Qi is restored by the balance of opposing forces, yin and yang, which manifest in the body as cold and heat, internal and external, and deficiency and excess.

Various practices are used to preserve and restore qi and thus health. Some of the most commonly used, not only in TCM, but as oriental techniques, are:

  • aromatherapy
  • Hot rocks
  • cupping therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Shiatsu
  • Meditation
  • yoga
  • Auriculotherapy
  • reiki
  • reflexology
  • foot reflexology

Tips to relieve body tension at home:

Not all oriental therapies can be applied on their own, without a professional, as they require a perfected knowledge about the functioning of the organism and the acupressure points spread throughout the body.

But once you learn where some of these points are and what they are for, you can apply relief massages to yourself. See how to do it:

Relieve the Tension of Irritability:

Indicated to combat stress and calm down. This technique activates the meridians, which is what TCM calls the energy channels that connect the surface of the body with the internal organs.

The focus in this technique is the back of the neck, where many tensions accumulate. By rubbing your face, head, and this area, you bring down the yang and help the energy to flow. See the step by step:

  1. Rub one hand together for ten seconds.
  2. With one hand, make circular movements on your face. Repeat ten times.
  3. Rub your hands together again for ten seconds.
  4. With your fingertips, run one hand over your head, going from the beginning of your hair to the back of your neck ten times.
  5. Rub your hands together again for ten seconds.
  6. With your right hand, make circular movements on the back of your head using your palm. Repeat ten times.
  7. Rub your hands together again for 10 seconds.
  8. Now, with your left hand, make circular movements on the back of your neck using your palm. Repeat ten times.

Techniques for alleviating worries:

Indicated for when you are on the edge of your stress and urgently need an escape so you don’t fall apart and give up everything. It also helps to relieve menstrual cramps.

Qi is what TCM calls the vital energy that circulates through the body and permeates the universe. The CV4 point is considered the “Gate of Original Qi” and, when stimulated, strengthens the spleen, considered the organ that takes care of worry. See how to do it:

  1. In a pan, heat a portion of coarse salt until it crackles.
  2. Put the coarse salt on a towel and make a bundle.
  3. Place the packet of heated coarse salt four fingers below the navel, which is where the VC4 is. You can do as many times as you want.

technique for anxiety :

Indicated for poorly digested situations. It helps relieve chest tightness after a conflict, an unpleasant event, or when what you wanted to say keeps pounding in your head.

The CV17 point stimulates the lung, which is the organ responsible for sadness, and the stomach, responsible for producing 90% of serotonin, which leads us to a state of well-being and happiness. By massaging this point, you release the undiluted emotions that are stagnant in the chest. Do the following:

  • With the tips of your fingers, make circular massages in the middle of the chest between the breasts.
  • In the meantime, take a deep breath and focus on the air going in and out of your lungs.
  • Repetitions are free. You can continue with the movement for as long as necessary.

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