Pressure Points

National Blog Posting Month – January 2014 – Pressure

Prompt – A pressure point translates in Japanese to “tender spot.” What are your pressure points?


If we consider pressure points as those parts of the body that, when touched, elicit a reaction, well then… Well, I’m ticklish, so just don’t touch me anywhere if you don’t want me to jump right out of my skin.

There are particular places, however, where touching me often leads to a regrettable reaction.

If you tap me on the shoulder, there’s a chance that I will spin and back-hand you across the face. I hate being tapped on the shoulder. But I’ve usually smacked somebody before I was aware that I was swinging. So watch out.

Similarly, poking me in the ribs is likely to get you punched. This has had funny repercussions (though maybe not so funny for my husband, the recipient of the punch on this particular occasion). One night when I was somewhere in the third trimester of pregnancy I got poked in the ribs while I was asleep. Well, I walloped my husband for it. Then I realized the kick had come from the inside. My fetal child had seen fit to try to strum my ribs with his feet, and my husband had gotten slugged for it.

It was a rude awakening for both my husband and I, and something I can’t wash from my brain, even nearly ten years later.

I don’t know if these really count as ‘pressure points’ in the Japanese sense. Maybe more what they’re thinking of is the Vulcan neck pinch. That’ll knock you out.

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