Massage and acupressure to the face and neck help to open the sinuses and the nasal passages and stimulate lymphatic drainage. Using these techniques can help your child breathe more easily.
All of these areas should be massaged a couple of times, but do so very, very gently. Your baby or child has a very delicate face, and these points can be quite tender when he or she is all congested. Light pressure, held for just a couple of seconds, two or three times during the course of a treatment will help more than you can imagine.
1. Start with a massage of the forehead. Stroke from the bridge of the nose up toward the hairline and then from the midpoint of the forehead out toward the ears.
2. Gently massage the cheekbones beginning at the nose, just underneath the eyes, and stroke out toward the ears.
3. Gently press the point that lies in between the eyebrow.
4. Gently press the area where the eyebrow begins.
5. Gently press the area midway between the outer edge of the eyebrow and the outer edge of the eye on the temple.
6. Gently press beside the nose just above the nostril flare.
7. Gently press the point just beside each nostril.
8. Massage the neck beginning underneath the ear, stroking downward toward the collarbone.
9. Massage the top of the collarbone beginning where it meets the breastbone.
10. Massage outwardly toward the shoulder.
Adapted from Acupoint and Trigger Point Therapy for Babies and Children, by Donna Finando, L.Ac., L.M.T. (Healing Arts Press, 2008).