A pictograph on the Egyptian tomb of Ankhamor in 2,330 BC is the first recorded hieroglyph about massage as an ancient relaxation practice, or what is called reflexology today, along with other medical treatment practices.
The ‘father of reflexology,’ Dr. William H. Fitzgerald, found that the simple use of pressure to a zone that corresponded to the location of an injury could bring pain relief during surgery.
Actually, there are numerous pressure points on the skin of the body, which, when touched, could help increase blood circulation, cleanse body organs of toxins, and help cure a dozen of other specific health problems.
By massage the point on the body shown in the picture above, you get a better sleep, reduce stress level, and restore your skin radiance.
What else is important about this acupressure point which helps with sleeplessness and feeling of distress?
This point is called the San Yin Jiao Spot or SP6 in Chinese. It is commonly used for relieving urological and pelvic disorders, insomnia and menstrual cramps. This point is located on the inner side of your leg, just above your ankle (see the image above).
To easily find this pressure point, locate the top of your ankle bone on the inside of your leg, and then move 4 fingers’ widths up your leg. Once you are there, apply deep pressure, slightly behind the shin.
The routine goes:
- Massage for 4-5 seconds,
You can start to rub harder after a couple of minutes, but try to keep it gentle and slow.
The extended benefits of San Yin Jiao Point massage (shiatsu)
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork based on the theoretical outline of traditional Chinese medicine. In other words, the shiatsu is a physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. In the Japanese language, the shiatsu means “finger pressure.”
So, not only does San Yin Jiao pressure relieve stress, cramps and insomnia, but it also makes the skin look more youthful as this spot is right at the “crossroad” where the liver, spleen, and kidney meridians intersect.
Rubbing this point as described above, makes the spleen work more effectively, and thus improves the look of the skin. A healthier spleen means that your blood cells are timely replaced with newer, healthier blood cells, allowing for much better nutrient and oxygen supply in the body as a whole.
Massaging this point for whole 10 minutes will also help resolve hormonal problems, boost sexual drive, and help women in ‘reclaiming their sensuality.’ Furthermore, it will eliminate bloating and aid digestion, and will help stimulate the function of the ovaries and uterus (it is especially helpful for women who are trying to become mothers).
Note: It is recommended that you massage this spot in the evening so that the healing effects can take placewhile you are in bed. Repeat every night for maximum results.
Use this ancient wisdom as a modern relaxation as well to primarily get rid of your insomnia, stress, and other painstaking ailments that bother your everyday living.
Here is a video that shows how to massage this point: