The “Brain Buttons” Acupressure Points for Releasing Stress


By Kathy Brown
By Kathy Brown

Imagine having one simple movement that you could do almost anytime to bring more clarity to your vision and the feeling of energy and coordination to your whole body. You do – and it’s right at your fingertips!

Take a moment and notice how you’re feeling right now. Is your body tense, or relaxed? Are your thoughts restless, or calm? Is your breath shallow, or slow and deep?

Now I invite you to experience what comes of massaging your “Brain Buttons” – one of 26 movements from the Brain Gym® program.

At the top of your ribcage are your collarbones. Find these horizontal bones and then let your fingers slip downward about an inch or so, until they’re resting over your uppermost ribs, just on either side of your sternum, or breastbone. These spots may feel like slight indentations, or softer than the surrounding area.

Make a large “U” with your hand and place the thumb on one of the spots, and the fingertips on the other. Massage these points firmly as you rest your other hand over your navel, and allow your eyes to track gently side to side. Do this for perhaps twenty to thirty seconds. (If you experience tenderness, rub gently until it is released or reduced.) Then switch hands for another twenty to thirty seconds.brain

What do you notice now in your body – your thoughts – your breathing?

The Brain Buttons are potent spots in the world of acupressure. They’re the “K-27s” – the 27th points on the Kidney Meridian; massaging them can help to correct imbalances in the entire meridian system, and bring more active communication between the two hemispheres of your brain, which enhances all kinds of cognitive functioning.

When I rub my Brain Buttons on a stressful day, I often find myself exhaling deeply as I feel my body relax. I may notice my shoulders dropping and my posture straightening. Sometimes I feel a release of tension at the back of my neck. Then even my eyes relax, and it’s easier to scan lines of print, or more fully see the world around me. Typically, I feel more awake and focused.

One evening, after a very demanding day, I was sitting in a theater with my husband, listening to a classical chorale performance. It was wonderful – and long. And the room was dark. Before long, my head was nodding and I was struggling to keep my eyes open. Then I thought about Brain Buttons. I quietly brought my hand up and gave those spots a bit of a rub and instantly found myself wide awake! I felt completely alert and refreshed throughout the rest of the evening.

While a truly remarkable occurrence like this may not happen every day, I continue to experience smaller, helpful shifts all the time. I often use this movement during long meetings, and in a wide variety of similar situations, to maintain a clear focus and remain at my best.

I hope it will be helpful for you, as well!

This article is a modified portion of “Educate Your Brain,” Kathy Brown’s book about the basics of the Brain Gym® program.

Kathy Brown, M.Ed., has been a Licensed Brain Gym® Instructor/Consultant since 1998. She teaches courses and workshops, consults with school districts, writes books and articles, and sees private clients in her office in Phoenix, Arizona.

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