What is Acupressure?
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.
is is a way of accessing and releasing blocked or congested energy centers
in the body. Chinese cultures believe the points to be junctures of
meridian pathways that carry energy called chi. Western scientists have
also mapped out and proven the existence of these points using electrical
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.
Acupressure can help alleviate ailments such as tension, stress, aches
and pains, arthritis or menstrual cramps. Acupressure can also be used
for general preventative health care.
What is the Purpose of Acupressure?
The purpose of acupressure is to stimulate the body's own recuperative
powers by stimulating the various points on the body. The stimulation
removes energy blockages by diffusing the toxic buildup that accumulates
in the muscle tissue. The accumulation of toxins causes stiffness throughout
the body. Stiffness in muscles puts abnormal pressure on nerves, and
on blood and lymph vessels. The pressure on blood and lymph vessels
affect both skeletal systems and internal organ functioning.
How is Acupressure Performed?
Acupressure is usually given in a similar fashion to traditional massage.
Points on the body are massaged using finger or thumb, and sometimes
a blunt object, in a fairly rapid circular motion with a medium pressure.
Massages last between 5 and 15 minutes.
Some of the most common acupressure techniques are: Rubbing, Kneading,
Percussion and Vibration. Fingers, hands, elbows, knees and feet are
often used to massage other parts of the body.
Acupressure can be performed sitting, standing or lying down.
Acupressure can help alleviate:
Pain, headaches, migraines, insomnia, depression, toothache, dizziness,
menstrual pain, digestive disorders including diarrhea and constipation,
nausea, morning sickness, motion sickness, stress and tiredness.
In all cases, acupressure massage techniques are employed in collaboration
with other appropriate medical care.