6 Easy Back Pressure Points Massage That Your Partner Will Enjoy

Spending time with your partner is a great way to strengthen your bond, but what exactly should you do to make the most of your time together? I found that after a long day, the thing we both wanted most was a chance to relax and be relieved of the day’s stress. While going out to dinner or watching a movie was always fun, it didn’t do the trick for solving the physical symptoms of stress. That was when I realized that the simple messages we exchanged could be far more helpful if we used a back pressure points massage.

A back pressure points massage focuses on areas of the back that are linked to physical illnesses or forms of discomfort. The back massage pressure points included here are my favorite as they are easily applied to your partner and care for many daily issues. Practicing a back pressure points massage with your partner regularly can leave you both feeling happier in your relationship and healthier overall.

Are There Pressure Points On Your Back?


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There are many pressure points on your back, and what’s even more impressive is that they relate to various areas of the body, as proven by peer-reviewed studies. One study showed that stimulation of the Gan Shu point on the back was capable of improving locomotor function while simultaneously reducing the likelihood of stomach ulcers. Activation of pressure points on the back has also proven effective for reducing chronic fatigue and increasing blood flow, both of which can help you and your partner make the most of your time together. These studies combined with the lasting history of ancient Chinese medicine have shown that a back pressure points massage can be beneficial to your health in a number of ways.

For stress

Acupoint: Bl-18 (Other Names: Urinary Bladder-18/Gan Shu/Liver Transporter)

This back massage pressure point, also known a Gan Shu, has been revered for its use as one of the main acupressure points for emotional release. This point has been known to relieve stress and re-energize the body in a positive way when you feel tired. On top of all that, it can also help relieve stomach ulcers due to its connection with intestinal health.

This back massage pressure point for stress relief and muscle tension is mirrored on both sides of the spine. You or your partner will need to find the ninth thoracic vertebrae and then measure 1.5 cun or two-finger widths out to each side. Apply gentle pressure to these points, and you can even add in circular motions to make it more massage-like.

For Upper Back Pain

Acupoint: Bl-43 (Other Names: Urinary Bladder-43/Gao Huang Shu/Vital Region Shu)

Upper back pain is common in working adults. This muscle pain is also commonly associated with shoulder pain, which is why we recommend using one of the acupressure points for shoulder blade pain. Bl-43 back massage pressure points are very effective at relieving strain on the upper back and loosening stiffness.

If you locate the fourth thoracic vertebra spinous, you can measure out to the point using your hand. Place your pinky finger in line with the spine and hold your palm to your partner’s back. The point is four finger-widths out and in line with the fourth thoracic vertebra spinous and should be activated with firm pressure.

For Lower Back Pain

Acupoint: Bl-52 (Other Names: Urinary Bladder-52/Zhi Shi/Willpower Room)

This next massage pressure point on the back is known as one of the best acupressure points for back pain, and that is exactly why it has made our list. Activating this point enhances blood flow and physical comfort when it comes to dealing with lower back pain.

While this point is located four fingers width out from the second lumbar vertebra, it may be easier for you and your partner to locate the position of this point by knowing that it is at the same level as your belly button but on your back.

For Stomach Pain

Acupoint: Bl-21 (Other Names: Urinary Bladder-21/Wei Shu/Stomach Transporter)

This point works wonders when it comes to relieving stomach pains, especially those sharp pains that may be bothering you after having a big meal with your partner. This point balances stomach Qi and helps alleviate any stagnation of food that may be causing your pain.

This pressure point to massage on the back can be located at the 12th thoracic vertebrae. You will need to find the lowest point of the protrusion of this vertebrae and then measure outwards 1.5 cun or two-finger widths on either side to locate the point.

For Loss Of Appetite, Gastritis, Indigestion, Heartburn

Acupoint: GV-9 (Other Names: The Governing Vessel-9/Zhi Yang/Reaching Yang)

Stomach upset, including a loss of appetite, gastritis, and heartburn, can really kill the mood when spending time with your partner. This massage pressure point on the back is effective for relieving these symptoms, especially when the pain is acute.

You can locate this point by finding the space slightly below the 7th thoracic vertebrae or finding the area of the spine that is level with the lower point of the scapula. Apply gentle pressure with your index and middle finger slowly and comfortably to the soft area of the skin in this region.

For Cold Sensitivity

Acupoint: Bl-23 (Other Names: Urinary Bladder-23/Shen Shu/Kidney Transporter)

Acupoint: Bl-23 Or Ub-23(Other Names: Urinary Bladder-23/Shen Shu/Kidney Transporter)

Back pain can be generated as a result of gas, but this issue can also cause coldness throughout the body. Acupressure points for back pain due to gas are also suitable for warming the body, as they balance kidney function and relieve the body of the stagnant energy related to both of these issues.

When activating these massage back pressure points, it is important to note that they are on the lower back and should be pressed with a gentle yet firm hand. You will find Bl-23 by locating the area between the second and third lumbar vertebrae and measuring outward 1.5 cun or two-finger widths. This point is mirrored on either side of the spine and should be activated with gentle pressure.

Author: P. Sze

P. Sze P. Sze is the founder of TCM Tips and Dragon Acupuncture®. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a first-class honor in Civil Engineering. S he also holds a master’s degree in Engineering and is the brain behind the innovative TCM products of Dragon Acupuncture®. She is the author of The Beginner's Guide to Auricular Therapy: Application of Ear Seeds (ISBN 978-1520451398) and Facial Gua Sha - Fight the Signs of Aging Naturally and Inexpensively (ISBN 978-1980678922). She has dedicated her life to ensuring that the complex theories behind oriental medicine and the seemingly dangerous techniques that involve needles and fire do not scare you from trying oriental medicine. This is why she writes endlessly about acupressure and its countless health and wellness benefits.

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