What You Can Expect From an Acupressure Session
Acupressure is a safe and gentle alternative and complementary therapy used to relieve symptoms from many common conditions, such as:
- pain relief
- constipation and diarrhea
- painful menses
- high blood pressure
What It Is
Acupressure is an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine using the fingers to skillfully press key points, which stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. Stimulating these points releases endorphins, which are neurochemicals that relieve pain, so pain is blocked.
Acupressure has been around for quite some time. In fact, it has been practiced as a healing art for more than 5,000 years. Practitioners charged for their services only when a patient was healthy.
When the patient became ill, practitioners worked to restore health and only accepted payment when health was restored.
How It’s Done
A skilled practitioner simply uses their thumbs and fingers to exert pressure to specific body points.
Because Traditional Chinese Medicine’s philosophy is one where dis-ease is caused by an energy imbalance, the purpose of acupressure is to maintain and restore the balance between the body, mind, and spirit.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, vital energy is called qi or chi, and it circulates in the body through a system of pathways or channels called meridians. Health is an ongoing process of maintaining balance and harmony in the circulation of qi.
The meridian system is an energy distribution network that is also energetic. Qi is like a river flowing toward its ultimate source, the ocean. Meridians represent areas of high qi concentration where the energy is dynamic. Any block to that energy flow will result in an imbalance that is manifested in dis-ease or illness.
While Acupressure is a safe and non-invasive technique, there are some conditions in which acupressure should be avoided. People who are hemophiliacs, women who are pregnant, people who have recently taken drugs or alcohol, who may have severe psychotic conditions, or have acute cardiovascular disorder should avoid having acupressure.
Acupressure can also be used on the face, to help tone the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. To do the Acupressure Facelift, there are 13 points that are used, and each point is located on a Meridian.
Treating Each Point promotes specific physical benefits to the body by releasing tension and promoting circulation. Acupressure addresses the whole person, not just the physical, so emotional and spiritual benefits can also be seen.
Useful on Animals
And just a side note, Acupressure can also be used on animals as well as humans.