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The class is being offered by one of my teachers at the Acupressure Institute, Anasuya Batliner. I took her class on Women’s Health Issues there, and learned a great deal from this gifted teacher.
Yin, Yang, Qi & Blood: Phases of a Woman’s Month
September 3, 7pm – 8pm
a free teleclass
with Anasuya Batliner, NC, Dipl. ABT, CST, My Body Wisdom
for anyone interested in acupressure and women’s health
The energies of Yin, Yang, Qi and Blood naturally ebb and flow through the weeks of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Learn to support this rhythm with appropriate acupressure points, foods, and activities for each phase.
-Ease menstrual cramps
To register for the free teleclass email Anasuya directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be given a conference phone number and PIN number to join the call.
This point, on the inside lower leg, has one of those helpfully descriptive and practical names, because it is indeed where the three yin meridians–spleen, liver and kidney–intersect.
This point can help address reproductive disorders, including menstrual cycle irregularity, pre-menstrual discomfort, and menstruation pain. Since it’s on the leg, it can be used for pain in the lower leg and ankle. Helpful also for digestive problems and pain in lower abdomen, for “restless” fatigue and insomnia.
To hold: There are several ways you can do this. It’s important that you are comfortable in your shoulders, arm and hand, and also your legs, so experiment with different ways to hold the point to see what is most comfortable.
You can take the thumb of one hand, and gently hold the point on the opposite leg, as in the photo above (right hand thumb holding left leg). Sitting in a chair, you can put one foot flat on the floor and cross the other leg with the shin over your knee, so you can reach the point easily.
Lying on the floor or your bed, you can take the same position as if you were on a chair, with one foot flat on the floor, and the other leg crossed over so you can reach the point with the opposite hand.
To try it sitting on the floor, on a bed or a couch, bend your knees and bring your feet toward each other so your legs form a diamond or omega shape. Using the same hand as the leg, hold one point or both hands; one hand on each leg. Depending on your flexibility, this may or may not be easy and comfortable. Try putting a bolster or cushion under you knees for support.
Experiment to see what is most comfortable, and what is reasonable based on where you find yourself.
How much pressure? Spleen 6 can be a very sensitive point, and may be tender even with just a light touch, especially for women pre- and during menstruation. Just rest your finger on the point, there’s no need to apply pressure. If it’s too tender, release gently.
On the other hand, you may feel nothing, and pushing harder won’t change that. At such times, it may be impossible to find the point because you don’t feel anything. Try holding the palm of your hand over the general area; this can be effective even though you don’t feel it directly.
How long? Some women feel immediate relief from pain and discomfort when they hold this point. You can start out by holding for 15 to 30 seconds, if that feels comfortable. If you are dealing with a chronic issue, daily holding of this point can be helpful. Hold the point longer every day or so until you work up to one minute. Repeat a couple of times on each leg.
Warning: Do not use this point on pregnant women.
You are encouraged you to seek the advice of a qualified health care provider for questions about a medical condition.
Name: Hara or Sea of Energy (Conception Vessel 6)
Location: Directly between the belly button, two finger width down.
To Hold: You can place your three middle fingers of either hand, on the point area, and press down an inch or two until you reach a firm spot. Or, you can use a more relaxed hold and place the palm of one hand gently on your belly, below your belly button, right over the point.
You can use one hand, or both, with one hand over the other. Remember to relax your hands and arms and shoulders. You can hold this while standing (evenly on both feet), sitting (with both feet flat on the ground, back straight), or lying down.
Hold for one or two minutes, while taking slow deep breaths.
This is a point that is your Center. It’s the center of our energy–as reflected in the name “Sea of Energy”. It is effective for relieving discomforts that affect the lower abdomen area: digestive issues, constipation, gas, chronic diarrhea, menstrual pain . Also helps strengthen the lower back, and addressing energy-related issues like chronic fatigue syndrome.
** You are encouraged you to seek the advice of a qualified health care provider for questions about a medical condition. **