How To Easily Resolve Stress-Related Headaches Using The Stomach’s Neuro-Vascular Holding Points

For thousands of years, people have been trying to understand causes and cures for headaches. The use of non-prescription painkillers is often used as a shotgun technique masking symptoms. Even though studies have proven these drugs have ill effects on vital organs, sales continue to soar.

In the 1930’s, an osteopath named Dr. Terrence Bennett discovered by lightly touching specific spots located mostly on the head, blood flow to certain organs would improve. Dr. George Goodheart, DC, further discovered through manual muscle testing that specific muscle functions also improved. Further studies discovered an amazing find: increasing capillary blood flow has a calming effect on the nervous system and emotions.

In Touch for Health, these various points were renamed ‘Neuro-Vascular Holding Points’. There is a pair of points located smack dab in the middle of your forehead on your frontal eminence related to stomach and stress. When we are upset, we intuitively hold our head in our hands as a way of calming ourselves down. Why not do this intentionally?

When someone says they have a headache behind their eyes or on their forehead, I invite them to relax while I place my hands lightly on their forehead. I ask them to think about their number one stress and all the different aspects of their situation. After a few moments, I ask them to re-frame their situation with a more positive outcome.

I often feel an erratic capillary pulsation under my fingertips at first. As the negative charge defuses, the capillary pulsation synchronizes. Often this is accompanied by deep relaxation and/or a sigh. Afterwards, most report their headache is gone!

According to Chinese medicine, a few of the emotions believed to correlate with the stomach organs energy are anxiety, discontent, broken power, stress, too many demands/expectations, emptiness, deprivation, disgust, disappointment, obsession, doubt and more.


If client is lying on a massage table, I sit at the head and lightly use the pads of my fingers. I place them on their frontal eminence. The touch is very light, like a butterfly touch. This technique usually takes 1 to 5 minutes, though it can take longer for deeper issues.

Modification: You may use your whole hand across their forehead, however, you may not feel the capillary pulsation as easily The technique still works.

If you know the Cooks Hook-Ups technique, you may want to combine these two at the same time for an even more powerful balance. You can read more about the Cooks Hook-Ups technique here.

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