The sinuses are a connected system of hollow cavities in the skull. The largest sinus cavities are about an inch across. Others are much smaller.
- Your cheekbones hold your maxillary sinuses (the largest).
- The low-center of your forehead is where your frontal sinuses are located.
- Between your eyes are your ethmoid sinuses.
- In bones behind your nose are your sphenoid sinuses.
Follow these 6 simple pressure points to relieve your sinus pressure/pain.
All of these massages will have a positive effect on reducing the clogging of your sinuses, which are the air pockets located within the bones that surround your nose.
1. Between your eyebrows
Location: Between the eyebrows, higher than the nose bridge, where your eyebrow ridges meet. And this is where you will be focusing.
Directions: Simply press or tap on this amazing pressure point for about one minute..
Results: This will have your mucus secreting as it should be, meaning your sinuses won’t dry up and get inflamed. It will relieve pressure from your frontal sinuses. This massage can keep colds and rhinitis at bay too. Taping a little bead of plastic or glass on this point will even help you nod off at night if you have trouble doing so. Other results you could see are improved concentration and even intuition. This point helps activate a region of your brain that reduces nervous tension.. It can even help with the regeneration of the skin around your eyes and mouth.
2. The sides of your nostrils
Location: Right to the side of your nostrils.
Directions: Press both sides at the same time with two fingers positioned 90 degrees in relation to the face.
Results: This will relieve cheek pain and will also better drain your sinuses. This massage relieves pressure from your jaw or maxillary sinuses, increasingly circulation flow there. This point is also a key area in helping stave off respiratory illnesses.
3. Your nose bridge
Location: At the top of your nose where it joins the eyebrow ridge.
Directions: Press inwards and upwards simultaneously. It is possible to hold this pressure for up to 5 minutes. But first you should experiment with briefer periods.
Results: Many of us instinctively put pressure on this point when we have a headache, that is because this point helps relieve pressure behind your eyes. By doing so it can also wake your eyes up.
4. Beneath your cheeks
Location: The base of your cheekbone.
Directions: Trace with your finger along your cheek bone until you find the spot which feels tender as you press inside against the cheek.
Results: This pressure point effects a release of pressure from all of your sinuses and eustachian tubes. If you feel pressure or pain in the maxillary sinuses, cheeks or mouth (e.g. toothache) this will be a great remedy.
5. At the philtrum
Location: Right under your nose above the small groove on your upper lip.
Directions: Against your nose’s base push inwards and upwards.
Results: If you push here for a long enough time you can stop your sneezes and even allergic reactions from occurring, should you feel them about to erupt. Even after a couple of seconds your sinuses will begin draining down your throat, if you are a bit clogged up.
6. Your eyebrows
Location: This is an area, rather than a point, which follows your eyebrow’s ridge.
Directions: Using your thumbs press upwards and gradually move out.
Results: If you feel pressure behind your eyes, this shiatsu massage will relieve it.