Pressure points are specific areas of the body that have a larger influence on the whole body,” says Ashley Flores, LAc, a licensed acupuncturist

The Well, 2022

“Pressure points are specific areas of the body that have a larger influence on the whole body,” says Ashley Flores, LAc, a licensed acupuncturist who is certified in Chinese herbal medicine. “When we activate those points, they send a message to the body to either relax [a body part that] is too tight or to bring more energy to an area that is too empty.”

In addition to helping restore the flow of qi, acupressure can also be an effective sleep aid by simply forcing you to slow down and partake in a grounding practice before shutting off the lights. “The action of sitting quietly and doing something caring for yourself is very calming,” and, in turn, can promote sleep, notes Flores.

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Are you feeling the springtime, Wood-energy disruption? Sleep been off? Muscles feeling stiff and achy? Maybe a bit irritable about how slowly things are moving in your life?​​​​​​​​​
Rebalance that Wood element with these daily practices:

Stretch.
Regular stretching is an excellent way to start and end your day. Adding yoga or tai chi to your daily routine can provide even greater benefits for your joints, connective tissues, and overall health. These practices not only help with flexibility but also promote relaxation and mindfulness, which can reduce stress and increase overall well-being. This season is all about ‘flow’.

Go Outside.
Spending more time outdoors is an easy and effective way to support Wood energies during the spring. Moving around outside can increase your heart rate and keep your blood flowing smoothly. Exposing yourself to daylight, especially in the mornings, helps your body stay in sync with the daily cycles of day and night. This balances cortisol and melatonin levels, supporting deep, restful sleep and energetic mornings.

Understand Your Constitution.
When a person is in complete balance, transitioning from one season to another tends to go unnoticed. However, a person with a strong Wood element in their constitution may experience irritability and frustration during the spring season. In East Asian Medicine, we understand that the Wood phase is being taxed by this season, which can cause feelings of being stuck, frustrated, or angry. People who tend to feel these emotions easily will benefit from extra attention to gentle movement and having dedicated time for rest.
Health is all about cycles. ​​​​​​​​​
Each cycle within our body syncs with all the other cycles within our body. Our body's cycles also sync with the cycles in our environment. 

I always emphasize attuning sleep and wake cycles, especially for my clients with irregular menstrual cycles, fertility challenges, and hormonal imbalances. I also recommend deep breathing practices to anyone who will listen. Cycles are the reason. 

By slowing our breath and living in tune with the daylight, we  calm our heartbeat and regulate our daily hormones (especially cortisol and melatonin) so that our menstrual cycles and monthly hormones (estrogen and progesterone and many others) can regulate as well.

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