Acupressure also called pressure acupuncture is a specific massage technique of applying pressure to specific points – or acupoints on the body. Acupressure is essentially a method of sending a signal to the body by deep pressure to “turn on” its own self-healing or regulatory mechanisms, thereby increasing blood flow and clearing blockages in the energy meridians of the body. As on of the many modalities developed through Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)acupressure is over 5000 years old.
Special acupoints, or acupressure points, that lie along meridians, or natural channels, in your body are the focus of this modality. These are the same points targeted with acupuncture. Meridians are the channels that vital energy — or a life force called qi (ch’i) flows through.
There are 12 major meridians that connect specific organs or networks of organs, organizing a system of communication throughout your body. The meridians begin at your fingertips, connect to your brain, and then connect to an organ associated with a certain meridian.
Blockage of this flow or an imbalance in Yin and Yang can cause illness and pain. Acupressure helps to correct functional imbalances and restore the flow thus returning the body to a more natural state of well-being.
Here are some of the many benefits of accupressure:
- Decrease Pain
- Relieve Arthritis
- Reduce Stress
- Improve Energy Levels
- Clear Tension in Muscles
- Increase Blood Circulation
- Promote Deep States of Relaxation
- Relieve Headaches
- Back Aches
- Fatigue and Insomnia
In general, acupressure is very safe. If you have cancer, arthritis, heart disease, or a chronic condition, be sure to have a discussion with your medical professional before trying any therapy that involves moving joints and muscles, such as acupressure.
Deep tissue work such as acupressure may need to be avoided if any of the following conditions apply: