The body is pretty amazing. From giving birth, to recovering from injury, the human body is truly a wonder. With the help of acupressure, individuals who practice traditional Chinese medicine, believe that certain points in the body (if massaged correctly) can help to treat illness, can work to alleviate pain, and even enhance arousal (that’s why you’re here, right?!). With a 2,000-year-old track record, it might be something that you and your partner should try out in the bedroom whether you’re in a lull or simply looking for another way to make each other melt. While there are thousands of spots in the body that are connected in different ways, start with these 5 pressure points that have been linked to intimacy and arousal.
Start at the top
Is anxiety, stress, or a cluttered mind blocking the potential of your intimacy with your partner? Acupressure is a way of activating the body’s self-healing mechanisms and a head massage is a great way to naturally relax the mind. This sensual spot is located on the top of the head, above the ears, and is considered the most yang (active) area of the body. There’s a reason that we all love those massages that our hairstylists give us; a scalp massage releases the stress hormone oxytocin, which is linked to happiness!
Ask for a belly rub
You’ll be glad that you did! Located two finger spaces down from the belly button, this spot can help foster a sense of intimacy and arousal at the same time. It is known for boosting energy, improving relaxation, and because it is located close to our reproductive organs, it is linked to our sexual well-being. This highly sensitive region, known by experts as the Gate of Origin, is a major erogenous zone, meaning that it’s very sensitive to sexual stimulation. This spot is for men and women, opening sensual energy for all sexes.
Go a little bit lower
When you and your partner (or just you!) are exploring sensual acupressure massage, remember to use a firm, deep pressure in a small rotating or up-and-down movement, listening to your partner’s feedback along the way. When you find yourself right above the crotch area, where the hip hinges, you’ll find a spot that helps increase blood flow through the body since it’s located near such a main artery. For a heightened intimate experience, slowly press on this pressure point for a few seconds, hold, and release.
Rub their calves
Sometimes a calf massage just feels good, especially after a run or a long day at work, but is it linked to the bedroom? You got it! While it might not sound so sexy, and your partner might give you “the look” at first, the spot inside the calves (two fingers above the ankle) is thought to promote the yang, or warming energy in the body. These pressure points in the body are known for representing male and female energies, according to Chinese medicine, so why not give it a try?
Foot fetish, anyone?
Foot fetish or not, getting down there can help boost arousal in your partner! Did you know that each foot contains more than 7,000 nerve endings that correspond to every organ and system in the body? It’s no surprise that, at the bottom of the foot (about a third of the way down) and inside the foot (at the base of the toe), there are two great spots for enhancing arousal and intensifying foreplay. According to Chinese medicine, both of these spots are connected to the male and female productive organs and are known for balancing energies in the body and increasing blood flow at the core.
Start at the top and work your way down, head straight for the Gate of Origin, or just do your own thing. There’s no right or wrong way. If you start with these 5 pressure points and find that you and your partner have found a new level of pleasure and intimacy with each other, explore what other pressure points can do for you. No matter where you start, it’s all about relaxing, enhancing feelings, and finding a space where you and your partner can connect. If it doesn’t give you what you’re looking for, you’ve just spent some time touching each other, and what’s wrong with that?