Living and working in cities can be stressing and hard on the body. The thought of going through the stress of a new day makes the hump in fear and the bones water. One just finds it hard to figure out what is responsible for the silly gridlocks and hold-ups. It’s worse when it’s public transport – drivers and “conductors” could be annoying and so uncultured.

Well, that’s just the city life we all have to live with and “enjoy”. But the aches and pains? It’s nothing to trouble the mind about. Here are tips for you to relieve common aches and pains.

If you suffer from certain aches and pains, you may be able to get rid of them using reflexology and acupressure on yourself. By doing so, you’ll do away with waiting for doctor’s appointments or suffering in silence.

If you’re thinking of acupuncture, then you’re right – the two do sound very similar and they actually work on the same principles too. The only difference is that with acupressure, there aren’t any needles to deal with – you apply pressure with your fingers to certain points of your body instead.

On the other hand, reflexology is the use of therapeutic pressure massage on certain areas of our hands and feet.

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These massages are designed to improve energy flow, relieve pain and optimize our health. Certain areas of our hands and feet correspond to specific areas of our bodies and even specific organs. The theory is that the root cause of pain in specific areas is usually due to a blockage of energy, which is preventing us from being healthy and vibrant.

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Here is a list of aches and pains that can be treated using acupressure and reflexology, at home or on the go:

For headaches and Migraine

Our fingertips (excluding our thumbs), with particular reference to the area at the base of the fingernails, can be massaged to relieve head pain. Do so by focusing on your index fingers, as well as the webbing between the thumbs and your index fingers. The latter is often referred to as the Valley of Harmony.

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For Sinus Pressure and Pain
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Turn your palms towards you and apply pressure to the pad of your finger (the part of your finger you use to type) using the thumb and index finger on your opposite hand. Hold the tip of each finger in turn for 1-3 minutes, lightly massaging when done. This will relieve sinus pain, headaches, dizziness, pressure, stuffy noses and congestion.
For Neck Pain and Tension
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Massage the middle part of each of your fingers in turn, and look at your fingers. While you’re doing so, think of your fingertips as your head – working your way down your fingers, therefore, is working your way down your neck and shoulders.
For an Upset Stomach
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Massage the entire length of your thumb, warming it up in the process. Once you’ve done so, apply direct pressure to the centre of your palm using your warmed up thumb, holding it in place for a couple of minutes.
For a Cold or Sore Throat
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Massage the entire length of your thumb, warming it up in the process. Use the index finger and thumb of your opposite hand to apply pressure to either side of your thumbnail.
For Fatigue
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Start off by massaging your whole hand, then apply direct pressure to the point on your middle finger, as shown in the photo.
For Abdominal Pain
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Lightly massage your whole hand first. Apply direct pressure to the side of your nail on your index finger, doing so on the side that’s closest to your thumb. Once you’ve done that, move to the second location on your pinky finger, as shown in the picture.

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Additional tips

1. Rub your hands together for one minute prior to starting any of these exercises to increase hand energy and sensitivity. Use the index finger and thumb on your opposite hand to gently massage and warm up the area to be worked on.

2. The ever-present tip – “make sure you drink lots of water and stay hydrated” in beauty and health articles – is here too. Proper hydration allows for optimal tissue health and helps your body get rid of toxins. After all, our bodies are almost entirely made up of water.

Tips from Baba Mail