LOCAL POINTS DISTAL POINTS
#24 (LI #14, "ARM BONE")
#23 (SI #10, "SHOULDER BLADE ASSOCIATED) "Jokers"
#20 (GB #21, "SHOULDER WELL") #35 (LI 4)
#19 (TW #15 "HEAVENLY BONE") #26 (TW 5)
#21 (EXTRA POINT) "Nostril" (Extra)
#21 AREA LI (LI #18) "Tragus" (SI 19)
#21 AREA SI (SI #16) "Ear Lobe" (TW 17)
#21 AREA TW (TW 16) #37 (B 1)
#21 AREA BL (BL 10) #1 (GB 14)
#22 (GB #20, "WIND POND") #2 (St 3)
"JAW POINT" (ST #6, "JAW CHARIOT")
See also Point Locations on charts below
(NOTE: A "Tsun" is the width of the second knuckle of the thumb)
#1 - In the hollow 1 tsun above the eyebrow, up from the pupil of the.
#2 - Below the cheekbone, directly down from the pupil of the eye and pressing up towards the
#19 - In a hollow above the inner tip of the shoulder blade (scapula), 1 tsun lower than and inside
#20 - On the trapezius muscle directly up from the nipple line.
#21 - Below #22, outside the junction of the third and fourth cervical vertebrae.
#21: LI: At the level of the Adam's apple, in the body of the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle.
#21: BL Inside and down from #22 about a tsun each direction.
#21: SI: Behind and slightly lower than the #21:LI, in the "stringy" muscles of the neck.
#21: TW: At the level of the chin, on the back edge of the sternocleidomastoid muscle.
#22 - Between the trapezius and sternocleidomastoid muscles, just below the skull (occipital
bone). Press toward the opposite #1.
#23 - On the back of the shoulder joint, about 1 tsun below the bony ridge (acromion) and
pressing up towards it.
#24 - At the lower end of the deltoid muscle, pressing directly in towards the upper arm bone
#26 - 2 tsun above the outer arm wrist crease, between the bones of the forearm (radius and
ulna) , where a little muscular knot can often be felt.
#35 - ("hoku") - In the webbing between the thumb and index finger, at the end of the crease
formed when they are pressed together. Press toward the index finger bone. FORBIDDEN FOR
#37 - Just inside and above the inner corner (canthus) of the eye. Press toward the bridge of the
"EAR LOBE Point" - Behind the earlobe, between the jaw and the base of the skull, pressing
toward the jaw.
"Jaw" Point - In the masseter muscle, which forms a bulge when the teeth are clamped shut,
and a hollow when they are parted.
"NOSTRIL Point" - At the side of the nose, on the bottom edge of the cheekbone.
"TRAGUS Point" - In front of the tragus (flap of cartilage) of the ear.
|A Sample of Self-Acupressure: Jin Shin Do¨ Bodymind Acupressure®
for Neck and Shoulders
By Deborah Valentine Smith
This self-help technique is taught regularly by instructors and Acupressurists registered with the Jin Shin Do® Foundation for Bodymind
Acupressure® . See the Schedules of Upcoming Classes for current offerings.
Acupressure points in the neck and shoulder area affect the circulation of Qi, or life force, throughout the body. Ancient texts say where the Qi
goes, the blood, or circulation, follows. When we are under stress, we tend to hold energy in the neck and shoulders, either through focus on
mental activity or through the unconscious protective muscular tightening that "covers the neck."
Simple Neck and Shoulder Self-Acupressure
You can work most of the important acupoints in this area by simply searching them out with your fingers. As you press into these areas, you are
looking, feeling, asking for the most tender or tense areas to reveal themselves. When you find them, squeeze or press gently but firmly in the
area until you feel a change in the sensitivity, then move on. To begin, it is best to lie on the floor or lean your head against the back of a chair or
sofa though you can do these techniques in almost any position. Close your eyes, take a deep relaxing breath and use your thumbs to press
gently and firmly into the muscles all along the base of the skull. Begin behind the ears and move toward the spine, exploring the area with your
fingers. Still breathing deeply, return to the most tense or sensitive points, press and hold until you feel the muscle soften or the tension ease.
Now find the most tense places in the back of the neck by rubbing across the muscles, one hand on either side of the spine, beginning under the
skull and moving down to the shoulder. Find the most tense places there. Continuing to breathe deeply, press and hold. Moving down, cross one
arm over the chest and squeeze all along the big muscle (trapezius) across the top of the opposite shoulder. Again, use your fingers to feel for
the tensest or most sensitive point and breathing deeply, press and hold until you feel a release. Repeat on the opposite side. Now drop both
arms to your sides, breathe, and imagine your skull is as heavy as a bowling ball, and is completely cradled by the surface on which it rests.
Remind your neck and shoulder muscles that the head is supported for the moment so they can take a break and let go!! If you are returning to
activity, imagine your head as light as a balloon, move your neck and shoulders, and lift off!
Neck Release with Specific Points
Holding two points at the same time enhances the body wisdom of allowing flow of Qi between the points, which we experience as
relaxation. The method is usually to hold a point in a tense area: a "local point", with another point along the same flow which influences
movement of Qi: a "distal point." Or you may begin by holding the same local points on both the left and right sides and adding distal
points to help more blocked locals release. Working on yourself, you may hold the local point with the hand on the same side of the body
and hold the distal point with the opposite hand. There are several important points in the JSD #21 area. (See chart You may just use
your fingers to find the most sensitive point and hold it with a "joker": a point that may be held with many locals, or you may try holding the
distal for the specific point that you think you have found.
©2000-2011 by Deborah Valentine Smith