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Unwind and Recharge This Christmas with Acupuncture and Massage

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As the holiday season approaches, whilst we tirelessly manage the delicate balance between work, social commitments, and family responsibilities, the familiar buzz of excitement is accompanied by a sense of hustle and bustle.

In the quest to achieve it all, it is easy to find ourselves burning the candle at both ends. In this article, Lorna Jackson of Health Point Clinic gives us tips on how this Christmas we can shift our focus from overwhelm towards self-care and stress reduction, aiming to step into 2024 with a renewed sense of wellbeing and positivity.

Whether you are a competitive athlete, enthusiastic exerciser, an office worker, a busy parent balancing the demands of work and home, if you are pregnant or if you simply spend too much time chained to your computer, there is a way you can find relaxation and support.

For, amid the chaos, there exists a sanctuary for stress reduction – the world of acupuncture, Chinese cupping, massage, and acupressure.

Your Holistic Approach to Stress-Free Holidays


Acupuncture is a practice rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is endorsed by the NHS for its effectiveness in managing chronic pain, migraines, and headaches. GPs may refer patients to practitioners listed on a Professional Standards Authority (PSA) Accredited Register, with the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) being the accredited register for traditional acupuncture. This endorsement ensures you that you are in capable and trustworthy hands.

Chinese cupping

With its distinctive use of suction cups to create localised pressure, Chinese cupping provides a unique form of therapy that targets muscle tension and promotes blood circulation and relaxation. It can be particularly beneficial for individuals with aches and pains resulting from stress or physical exertion.


A universally recognised method of relaxation, massage not only eases muscle tension, but also provides a mental escape from the demands of one’s daily routine, providing physical support whilst also contributing to a calmer mind.


An accessible and empowering self-administered technique, acupressure offers a natural way to combat stress by targeting specific pressure points on the body, which can help alleviate tension, headaches, and promote relaxation.

Here are five acupressure points to incorporate into your daily stress-relief routine:

  1. Yin Tang (Hall of Impression): Located between the eyebrows, this ‘Third Eye’ point calms the mind and promotes inner peace, relieving frontal headaches and sinus pressure.
  2. Large Intestine 4 (He Gu – Jointing Valley): Positioned at the highest point of the webbing between the thumb and index finger, gently pinch this stress-
    relieving point. (Not recommended during pregnancy)
  3. Gallbladder 20 (Feng Chi – Wind Palace): Found at the base of the skull, in the hollows on either side of the neck, stimulating this point relieves tension,
    headaches, migraines, and eye fatigue.
  4. Du20 (Bai Hui – Hundred Meetings): At the crown of the head, use small circular motions for mental clarity and headache relief. (Has a strong grounding feeling, not recommended during pregnancy)
  5. Liver 3 (Taichong – Great Rushing): Located on the top of the foot, between the first and second toes. Stimulating this point alleviates stress and regulates
    emotions. It is a part of the Liver channel in Chinese Medicine and a useful point during the Christmas party season (Not recommended during pregnancy).

When practicing acupressure, remember the following basis guidance:

  • Do not press too hard.
  • Use a massage tool or tennis ball for hard-to-reach spots.
  • Avoid pressing on damaged or thin skin.
  • Hold each position for 30 seconds to 2/3 minutes.
  • Focus on your breathing as you place pressure on the points; it can help to further ground you.
  • Seek guidance from a practitioner, especially during pregnancy.
  • Repeat as necessary for stress relief; a natural tool it can be used throughout the day to help support you.

As Christmas approaches, I hope you are able to incorporate these simple, yet effective self-care practices into your daily routine, providing yourself an  opportunity to pause, and in so doing creating a sense of calm and balance.

Consider it a gift to yourself.

Here’s to a Christmas filled with joy and peace for us all.

World Wellbeing Week 2024

June 24 – June 30

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