In ancient Chinese medicine, acupuncture is commonly used to heal medical problems through specific points on the body; ‘Practiced for more than 2,000 years, it is traditionally based on the regulation of energy’ (1). But don’t worry we aren’t going to get you to stick needles in yourself, we are going to use ice instead!
Where is your Feng Fu Point
Your Feng Fut point is positioned ‘on the midline at the nape of the neck, in the depression‘ (2) between where the skull meets the neck. According to traditional Chinese medicine it “is where the Governing vessel penetrates the brain” (3), and it has been used to help heal many problems with the brain and body. I’ll explain how you can find your Feng Fu Point below!
Find Your Feng Fu Point
- While lying down or sitting up with your head leaning forward, use your hands to touch the back of your neck.
- Feel the point where the bottom of your skull meets your neck.
- You should be able to feel an “indent” in your neck between your two neck muscles.
- If you’re having trouble finding it, try tilting your head back so you can feel your neck muscles better. In the middle of them, you will find your Feng Fu Point!
While lying down, place an ice cube on your Feng Fu Point. If you are sitting up, then you can wrap a bandage around the ice cube placed on your point, and you will still have the desired effects within 20 minutes of application. In the first 30 seconds, you might feel a particular heat sensation go throughout your body- don’t worry! It’s totally normal, and it shows that the ice cube is working.