4 Massage Tips for Holiday Travel

Traveling during the holidays can be stressful. To ease some of the negative effects of travel and make your trip more pleasant, try these four simple massage tips. You can use these anytime and anywhere, whether you’re on the road, in the air, or just need a little stress relief.


Press your thumb firmly into the center of your palm for 10-15 seconds. Make small circles in one direction, and then the other for 10-15 seconds. Repeat this on the other hand. This reflexology area is called the “Solar Plexus,” the nerve switchboard in your body made of a bundle of nerves located in the center of your chest, behind your diaphragm. Pressing on this reflex area sends soothing energy throughout your body and can relieve anxiety quickly.


Holiday travel can be exhausting. To ease fatigue and boost your energy, take the middle three fingers of both hands and place them on the top and center of your head.  Press firmly with your fingertips (or with the tips of your nails if you want more pressure) for 15 seconds. Then, 
move your fingers back and forth a little to stimulate this area. You can also tap lightly on the top of your head for 15 seconds. These acupressure points are called “Si Shen Chong,” and pressing on them stimulates energy to your entire body.


One of the worst problems you can have when you’re traveling is nausea. To soothe nausea, take two fingers and place them on the inside of your wrist, just above the wrist crease. Find the area between the two tendons and use your thumb or index finger to press firmly for 15 seconds. You can also make small circles with your finger to stimulate the area. For maximum relief, do this on both wrists several times throughout the day. This acupressure point is called the “Inner Gate,” and is known for relieving and preventing nausea.


To help relieve and prevent jet lag, place the tip of your index and middle fingers between your eyebrows in the indentation just above your nose. Press firmly for 15 seconds.  You can also drop your head forward so that the weight of your head presses your into this point finger more deeply. This acupressure point is called the “Yin Tang” and it’s known 
to ease the symptoms of jet lag. Press on this area several times while you’re traveling and when you arrive at your destination. 

No matter where you’re headed, keep these travel tips in mind to stay as relaxed as possible. When you arrive at your destination, a relaxing massage can help soothe any muscle tension you might feel from sitting too long, and carrying heavy luggage or children. Happy stress-free holiday travels!