5. Emotional Healing: Sea of Tranquility
The Sea of Tranquility acupressure point is known as such as it is considered the best point to relieve anxiety and stress and restore emotional balance. It is also known as Conception Vessel 17 (CV 17) and is often used to prevent panic attacks, and restore a sense of calm in periods of anxiety, nervousness, depression or hysteria. It helps to deepen your breathing and stimulates your thymus gland, which can also help to boost your immune system.
It is easy to find, at the center of your breastbone, around 4 finger widths up from the base of the bone. Use your fingers to run up and down the breastbone, and you should feel a small indentation at the pressure point. For a man, this will be located in between his nipples.
If your hands are in prayer position resting against your chest with your palms joined, the point can be pressed by the knuckles of the thumb into the breastbone.
It is important to make sure that your spine is straight, preferably supported by a straight-back chair. This allows you to breathe in fully and deeply. With your hands in prayer position, your eyes closed, and your thumbs applying pressure on your chest, press down on the pressure point for a couple of minutes whilst taking slow, deep breaths. Your head should remain upright, with your chin pointing slightly downwards.
Repeating this exercise daily, especially when you are beginning to feel stressed, anxious or overloaded, has been found to reduce levels of stress considerably. There is also evidence to show that it can be effective in helping those with depression, chronic fatigue, PTSD, hormonal imbalances, or during the recovery period following an injury or surgery.