The use of drug-free methods to energize, reinvigorate or revitalize the body is gaining popularity.  These techniques include massage therapy, acupuncture and acupressure.

Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body's life force to aid healing.

Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of hands.

If you are wondering how this technique is applied, this article will give you some idea how to use acupressure to energize your body:

1. Know your body's pressure points and joints

If you want to use acupressure, the first thing you should do is to know your body's pressure points and joints.  This will help you to perform this technique without much trouble.  If you are not yet familiar with this technique, let an expert do the job.

2. Find the aching spot

Use your thumb to find the specific area in your body which is feeling pain.  Once you find it, press it lightly.  You will feel a little discomfort with the pressure but it will make you more alert.

3.   Trace your Taichong point

Your Taichong point is located at the top of your foot. Begin by pressing the spot between your biggest toe and the toe next to it. Let your fingers explore the areas between the metatarsal bones of your foot, if you can sense coldness in a specific spot, press the area with your thumb as intensely as you can endure.  This should enable you to find the specific spot that causes pain.  Massage the area in each foot.

4. Press your Yongguan point

Your Yongguan point is located at the soles of your feet.  In order to find it, start by pressing the webbing between your big toe and the toe next to it. Allow your fingers to examine the border of your foot until you discover a sensitive spot.  Massage that area in each foot.

5. Stimulate your Zusanli point

Stimulate both of your Zusanli points by massaging them with your thumbs.  They are located about three inches beneath your knee cap along the edge of your shin bone. 

A word of caution

Do not use acupressure on pregnant women.  You shouldn't apply this technique on deep cuts and broken skin as it might cause further injuries. 

These are some of the ways to use acupressure to boost your energy and alertness.  Your pressure points are your body's energy channels.  Stimulate them to let your energy flow.