Pressure Point Techniques: Unlock Physical, Emotional & Cognitive Potential For Teenagers Well-Being
Navigating a post-pandemic world can be difficult.
After years of living in isolation from family and friends, and without the social stimulation from
in-person interactions, teenagers are suffering. This severely affected demographic is in crisis
after lacking the social, emotional and physical growth that would have otherwise occurred inside
the classroom due to remote learning.
A sedentary lifestyle has become the norm, and the need for belonging is being fulfilled by
addictive and oftentimes destructive social media platforms. Chronic diseases such as depression, eating disorders, and drug and alcohol addiction have lead to an unprecedented number of suicide rates in teenagers across the United States. Stress levels are on the rise, and this steadily growing demographic needs our help.
In a recent double-blind study of over 100 young adults ages 13-19, 48.5% reported that they
experience high levels of stress a few times each week, while 39.6% reported they experience
high levels of stress on a daily basis.
As the world opens up, so does the need to educate teachers, coaches, parents, counselors, and
teens that there are tools available to help overcome feelings of loneliness, isolation, depression
and anxiety! Learning the most innovative and evidence-based methods to improve both the
physical and mental health of our future generations is paramount. It is time to learn the power of
pressure point techniques to unlock physical, emotional and cognitive potential both in and out
of the school environment.
In another double-blind study, over 100 young adults ages 13-19 were asked if they would be
open to learning about pressure point techniques if they knew it could help improve concentration and mood. A resounding 90.1% said, YES! Let’s start to better understand and educate this demographic on the tools to not only survive, but thrive in the post-pandemic world.
In addition, by learning the most effective pressure points in the body, it is possible to help manage "the most important stress hormones...cortisol, glucagon, and prolactin. however, it's cortisol that has the greatest impact on the physical and mental health of our mind and body." (Vihande, 2022)
There are tremendous benefits to infusing pressure point techniques into physical education and academic classes that have been shown to improve concentration and memory, increase blood flow and circulation, and decrease stress and anxiety. Hence, fostering social and emotional health and wellness for everyone.
But that's not all...
According to New York University neuroscientist, Wendy Suzuki, “exercise stimulates growth factors and stores up cells in both parts of the brain… protecting your brain from aging and neurodegenerative diseases.” Therefore, your brain will function at a higher level for more years as you age.
Research shows that exercise enhances short-term brain function by stimulating “...the release of a wide range of neurochemicals and neurotransmitters and growth factors….They include serotonin, dopamine, endorphins. (Suzuki & Horton, 2020). In addition, long-term effects of exercise impact the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for problem solving and decision making, and the hippocampus, the part of the brain critical for memory and highly susceptible to aging.
Now, you may be wondering how using pressure point techniques is related to the effects of exercise on the brain and the answer is quite simple. Once you learn the locations and purpose of major pressure points throughout the body, you will be able to emulate its effects. Fascinatingly enough, it IS possible to replicate the physiological effects of exercise on various regions of the brain.
It’s time to explore the endless possibilities of infusing pressure point release techniques into your daily health and wellness routines.
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