I was born into family with a long history of bad health.
Most of my extended family has either passed because of diabetes
complications or cancer and my immediate family is no better. My
mom had a heart attack a few years ago, my sister was born with congentitive
heart failure, my brother with serious inner ear problems and even I
was born with amblyopia (lazy eye) for which I had several
cosmetic surgeries for when I was a child. I also suffered and
sometimes still do from head splitting migraines.
I was surrounded by illness and because of this I decided to devote
my life to helping people heal themselves. It all started with my
mom’s acupressure book. Like I said before, I suffered from
blinding, head splitting migraines since before I could read. My mom
had also suffered for years from migraines and knew how to heal
them without medicine because of her book.
For those of you who don’t know, acupressure therapy utilizes
pressure points on the hands and feet to treat people. In fact, the
entire human body is mirrored to the hands and feet. The point that
she used to get rid of my migraines was Large Intestine 4 (LI4) or 合谷
(gokoku) in Japanese. LI4 is located in the depression between
the thumb and first finger. In acupressure this point can be mirrored
inner arch of the foot as well.
(The video link is in Japanese but it is helpful to find the point location!)
To use LI4 for migraines and headaches have someone strongly
massage the areas explained above on both hands and feet. Usually 3 to
5 minutes on each hand and foot does the trick. Make sure it is
someone you love dearly because this massage is far from
pleasant. In fact, it can be quite painful. For migraine
sufferers: try to catch the migraine in the beginning stages when you feel vision
or bodily changes. Try emphasizing the feet more than the
hands if your headache has already set in.
It’s crazy that my future was decided not because of my family’s
health but because of our combined illness and ensuing
treatment. Indeed our past makes our present. For me I couldn’t be
more grateful that I was blessed with a unhealthy family to help me
realize my life’s’ passion: helping people to live stronger,
healthier and happier lives. And it all started with a book.
Heather Maya Suzuki