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Press the pressure point

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Recently I had an opportunity to attend a workshop on acupressure conducted by Dr. Radha Thambirajah, specialised in acupuncture from the Shanghai Medical College. What got me interested was how acupressure can help children with learning difficulties, attention problems, memory, concentration, and bedwetting among others. Wow! I said to myself at last there is a technique that can help children overcome problems that impact their academic learning. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine concept where hair thin needles are used to stimulate key points known as acupoints. Acupressure, also known as needleless acupuncture, firm pressure is applied on the acupoints to relieve muscle tension, which in turn, promotes blood circulation thus providing energy to aid in the healing process.

Acupressure works on the belief that life energy flows through the body’s meridians (the network of invisible channels through the body). If the flow of energy in the meridians becomes blocked or there is inadequate supply of energy, then the body fails to maintain harmony, balance and order. By applying pressure to specific points along the body’s meridian clears the energy blockage and ensures normal flow of energy through the body.

According to Dr. Radha Thambirajah, children with ADHD, Dyslexia and other learning problems have chaotic energy flowing through the meridians making it difficult to think clearly. By applying pressure to specific points or acupoints balances this energy to ground a child’s sense of himself and thus is effective in calming the child or bringing under control his hyperactivity or restlessness.

Parents can help in acupressure management by learning simple hand techniques that include stroking, press and massage, pinching and rolling. A routine daily for a month can yield benefits. These special points can take care of sleep related problems, concentration, memory bedwetting and poor appetite. When your child’s life is chaotic - when you feel life is throwing up many challenges at your child making him behave in a crazy manner, press on the point between the tip of his nose and the upper lip. This point is on the gum and is known as GV 26. Apply firm pressure with the tip of the finger while he breathes deeply. It will help him stay focused on a particular activity. GV 26 is effective in restoring alertness. Even students who are working on a project for long hours and feel mentally fatigued may apply pressure on GV 26 to stay alert.

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