Acupressure is an ancient practice that began roughly 5,000 years ago. Acupressure focuses on stimulating the body's natural ability to heal. It can be self-taught or administered by a trained Acupressure therapist.
What are Acupressure points?
Acupressure points are intervals along a meridian (channel) that runs through the body. There are several meridians that map the human body, these meridians are similar to a river as they all have a beginning, an end and can converge with other meridians. A meridian acts as a route connecting the organs of the body.
It is believed that the human body is charged by energy, often referenced as Qi, Chi or Ki. It is this energy that has the ability to fuel the body in a self healing manner. The meridians act as an intercessor between the external and internal elements of the body, when one is out of balance disease and illness can occur. By stimulating the pressure points along the meridian the body's energy flow is pumped through the organs and systems of the body to relieve physical ailments.
Why apply pressure to Acupressure points?
Pressure is applied on the specific Acupressure points along the meridians to increase the flow of energy; it is wise to consider these Acupressure points as valves. When the external or internal environments have been disturbed the valve (acupressure point) closes preventing a flow of energy, by applying pressure to the acupressure point the valve opens releasing the flow of energy to the bodies organs. Endorphins are released when the valves are stimulated, endorphin is a natural painkiller that can reduce pain and increase relaxation.
How do I administer Acupressure?
Acupressure should not be agonizing, but it should fell uncomfortable. Depending on the technique style of applying Acupressure it will be held for seconds or a few minuets. The pressure is applied by the tip of a thumb, finger, a knuckle or an eraser of a pencil.
Is there a safe limit to Acupressure?
If administered correctly, it is safe to administer Acupressure as many times as desired. There are no negative side effects unlike some drugs. It is important to understand that Acupressure should not replace visiting a doctor for serious concerns or be used in place of prescribed medication. Acupressure is a wonderful tool to use in conjunction with other practices to maintain or restore optimal health.
It's important to avoid Acupressure after an intense exercise, when pregnant, if suffering with a heart condition or if the acupressure point is located under a mole, wart, sore, cut, varicose vein or any broken skin.
The different meridians send energy to different organs and use different systems of the body to help various symptoms. Here are some examples of what Acupressure can be used to treat:
- Local pain
- Sore throat
- Sinus cold
- Anxiety attacks
- High blood pressure
- PMS and painful periods
Acupressure can improve the state of ones well being when it is administered correctly by locating the points along the correct meridian. Prolonged pressure on these points generates energy that then pumps through the body to areas that needs balance restored.