Feeling pressured? Try Acupressure!
Pressure is something most of us try to avoid, but with this therapy, a little pressure in the right place is a good thing! It’s very likely you’ve already used acupressure without realizing it; massaging your temples to relieve a headache
is a classic example of using acupressure points help the body heal.
Acupressure can be easily learned and performed in the comfort of your own home, and is beneficial for any age group. Once you learn where your acupoints are located, you’ll literally have a first-aid kit at your fingertips, with which to self-treat headaches, cramps, and a wide range of other ailments.
What it Is
Acupressure, an ancient Chinese therapy, has been used to promote good health and relieve pain, stress, and stress-related health problems for 25 centuries. Its healing properties are attributed to its ability to balance
the chi flowing through the body’s meridians (interconnected energy channels located throughout the body.)
Stress, poor nutrition, and lack of exercise can disrupt the flow of chi, creating blockages that can eventually lead to disease. Applying pressure to specific acupoints along the meridians breaks up the blockages, allowing the chi to flow and the body to heal itself.
There are over 360 acupoints on the body. They’re located all over the body, close to the surface of the skin in small hollows, usually between bones. Each have specific effects on particular organs or body systems.
What it Does
Modern science explains acupressure by suggesting it triggers neurochemicals in the body, directing the brain to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, even regulate appetite.
Acupressure has been proven to relieve nausea and dizziness, and many practitioners report having good results using it to treat headaches, cramps, allergies, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, and lumbago, along with stomach,
liver, kidney, lung and heart problems.
A Typical Session
Prior to your first professional acupressure treatment, your therapist will obtain your medical background and details about your diet and lifestyle, along with information pertaining to the problem at hand.
After taking your pulse, they’ll ask you to lie on a therapy table while they perform acupressure by firmly pressing or massaging the acupressure points to stimulate them. Treatments take approximately one hour. No oils or equipment are used. Some points may feel tender, and you may experience discomfort or coolness, but this generally passes quickly.
The number of treatments required depends on the ailment, and may vary from weekly visits to seeing the therapist as needed. See your doctor if ailments persist. If pregnant, consult your doctor prior to having a treatment.
Try it Yourself
Though a trained practitioner will provide the highest level of help, you can learn to apply acupressure techniques on yourself or loved ones with a little practice. Acupressure points are slightly more sensitive than their surrounding areas, and can be easily be found by probing gently with your thumb.
Once you locate the point, hold your middle fingers at a 90-degree angle to the skin, pressing gently at first and gradually increasing to the point where you feel a mild sensation, which should not be painful. Tenderness generally
indicates a lack of balance in the area.
Either hold a steady pressure or apply and release intermittently. Each acupressure point should be held for 10 – 30 seconds, or up to two minutes. For best results, acupressure treatments should be done regularly, daily if possible.
Ready to give acupressure a try? First, a few words of caution. Don’t apply pressure directly over the genitals, arteries, scars, infections, ulcers or burns.
A light touch is recommended when treating the stomach, as well as sensitive areas on the throat, below the ear, or the outer breast near the arm pits.
To avoid nausea, treatments should be delayed for an hour after eating. Fingernails should always be clean and smooth. It’s also important to be relaxed and comfortable and maintain deep, relaxed breathing, applying acupressure on the exhalation except in cases of swelling or extreme
pain, when it should be applied as you inhale.
Acupressure is even more effective when combined with visualization. As you apply pressure, visualize the condition improving and the part of the body healthy and functioning well.
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