• Published on February 9, 2016

    Does the cold weather or allergies have your sinuses feeling sore & inflamed? Try these 6 easy steps to help bring yourself some relief from the dreaded “gunk” that causes stuffiness & painful sinus pressure. Today’s Tues-torial comes from Kelsie Holeton (Massage Therapy Student at La’ James International College – Iowa City).

    Step 1: Begin by placing your thumb or index finger directly between the eyebrows. For 1-2 minutes press inward and upward or until the pain subsides. This area is the upper most sinuses known as the Frontal Sinuses

    Step 2: Using both fingers, place them on the ridge where the nose and eyebrows meet. Again, apply pressure for 1-3 minutes while taking slow deep breaths.

    Step 3: Move your fingers down to the side of your nose, right under the cheek bones. Apply pressure inward and upward for 1-3 minutes. This area is known as the Sphenoid Sinuses.

    Step 4: Place fingers under the nose, applying pressure inward and upward for 1-3 minutes. This area is considered the center midline. Pressing firmly on this spot (upper gums) will allow you to concentrate and feel more balanced and focused. This area is theMaxillary Sinuses.

    Step 5: Move your hands to the back of your head. With your fingers you will feel two hollow openings below the occipital ridge. Press and hold while taking full deep breaths for 2-3 minutes.

    Step 6: Slowly & firmly direct the pressure towards the center of the head. These points will relax the brain, nervous system and relieve headaches & stiffness in the neck. This area is known as the Occipital Sinuses.

    Finish up feeling relaxed & hopefully with some sinus relief!

    Awesome job Kelsie and thank you for your great tutorial! 
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