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4 Ways to Use the Wooden Handheld Acupressure Massager for Self Massage

4 Ways to Use the Wooden Handheld Acupressure Massager for Self Massage
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The Wooden Handheld Acupressure Massager is our favorite new product for releasing tension and activating healing through the body’s energy channels.

It has a ridged stem, plus two ends, one rounded and one more pointed, that are perfect for self-massaging tense areas of your body. The two ends are ideal for massaging key acupressure and reflexology points on your body, especially on the hands and feet.

The practice of reflexology comes from Asian medicine traditions that say that different parts of the feet, hands and ears are energetically connected to different parts of the body, including organs, muscles, bones and glands. Reflexology says that by stimulating certain points on the hands, feet and ears, you can stimulate the flow of energy in the associated body part to release stress and activate healing.

Read on to learn how to identify which points you should stimulate, and 4 ways to use the Wooden Handheld Acupressure Massager.

How to Identify Which Reflexology Points to Stimulate

If you want to energetically stimulate particular organs or body parts, you can focus your massage on the correlating reflexology points on your hands or feet. Even if you don’t have any particular issues that you’re aware of, it’s always good to strengthen your overall energy system, which you can do by activating various points of your choosing. Use the reflexology charts to learn which points correspond with which body parts.

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A good way to decide which points to focus on is by using your intuition and body sense. Close your eyes and take a few calming breaths. Do a body scan by slowly bringing your awareness from the top of your head all the way down to your feet. Notice if any areas feel tense, dark, heavy or numb.

As you do this, you can also mentally ask your body to show you where it wants attention. Its answers might come in the form of sensations, brief phrases, images, or a subtle knowing. To really tune into your body, practice trusting its guidance even if it doesn’t seem logical.

The last tip for choosing your reflexology points is: Pain could indicate blocked energy. As you explore different points with the massager, give your attention to the ones that feel the most tender; that’s probably where your energy is the most blocked. In time, as you practice, you may notice the pain releasing.

Here are 4 ways to use the Wooden Handheld Acupressure Massager:

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1. General Hand Massage: Roll the massager firmly between your hands to stimulate all the points in your hands at once and open your energy flow. This feels great, and you can do this on its own or as a warm-up for #2.

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2. Acupressure Hand Massage: Using any of the methods described above, locate the point on your hand or fingers that you want to stimulate. Use either of the two ends of the massager to press firmly and repeatedly on the spot, while exhaling through your mouth in a long breath. The pointed end of the massager will be more precise and strong, while the rounded end will be a bit gentler.

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3. Acupressure Foot Massage: Similar to the hand massage, locate the desired point on the sole or side of your foot, and press firmly and repeatedly while exhaling through your mouth. The soles of our feet tend to be relatively thick, so you may find it easy to use the more pointed end of the massager here. However, always listen to your body—if the rounded end feels better, by all means, go for that. You can breathe and work with the pain rather than avoid it, but be gentle and careful not to hurt yourself. 

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4. Acupressure Head Massage: Your scalp also has many points that are connected to the rest of your body. For this one, rather than using a chart, do a bit of exploring and find the points that feel tender. Start by pressing at the very top of your head, the highest point. From there, move a little bit left or right, up or down, or try other areas on your head. Note: Even moving a millimeter this way or that can make a big difference in sensation. You’re looking for the most tender spots. When you find a point, stay there and keep applying a strong but tolerable amount of pressure while breathing comfortably.

Please try not to multitask and do your acupressure massage while you’re watching TV or doing other activities; know that wherever your mind goes, your energy will follow. So for a more effective massage, try to focus at least some of your attention on the area you’re massaging.

Get the Wooden Handheld Acupressure Massager here.
Written by Kris Washington-Carroll
Kris is a loving, creative soul with a deep personal healing story. Mindbody practices, energy work and meditation changed her life back in 2006, and today, she’s inspired to share these tools with as many people as possible to help them live happier, healthier lives. In addition to writing, teaching, and coaching, Kris is also a visual artist with a passion for using art to uplift, inspire, heal and transform.
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