Acupressure is an ancient Chinese technique based on the principles of acupuncture, and involves the use of finger pressure (without the needles) on specific points along the body. Chinese cultures believe the points to be junctures of meridian pathways that carry energy called chi (the Japanese call it ki). Western scientists have also mapped out and proven the existence of these points using electrical devices.
Acupressure massage therapy stimulates and activates the body’s own energies to help fight illness and restore harmony. Some of the Acupressure points are significant as they relate to a specific part of the body while others are more general in their effect. Various ailments such as tension and stress, aches and pains, arthritis or menstrual cramps can be elleviated. It can also be used for general preventative health care.
Treatment is normally given in a similar fashion to traditional massage. Points are massaged using finger or thumb, and sometimes a blunt object, in a fairly rapid circular motion with a medium pressure for between 5 and 15 minutes at a time.
If you visit a practitioner, you may need to undress to expose the area that requires treatment so that they can make physical contact with you. This is an important factor in locating the correct energy points and encourages an energy exchange between practitioner and recipient. A therapy session can last between 30 to 60 minutes depending on the problem being addressed.
Benefits and Effects
Acupressure is safe and effective; it can be used on anyone and is applicable to every age group.
Acupressure can alleviate:
Pain, headaches, migraines, insomnia, depression, toothache, dizziness, menstrual pain, digestive disorders including diarrhea and constipation, nausea, morning sickness, motion sickness, stress and tiredness.