Acupressure is an alternative healing modality brought to focus by traditional Chinese medicine. People have reported targeted pain relief reduced stress and anxiety, and a greater sense of calm and well-being. It’s also a term that is often confused with or assumed to be the same as acupuncture. Acupressure adds pressure using the palm and elbow. Acupressure is just one of several Asian bodywork therapies, with roots in traditional Chinese medicine.
Traditional Chinese medical theory describes special acupoints, or acupressure points, that lie along meridians, or channels, in your body. These are the same energy meridians and acupoints as those targeted with acupuncture. The meridians begin at your fingertips, connect to your brain, and then connect to an organ associated with a certain meridian.
What is acupressure and why is it beneficial?
Acupressure is a form of touch therapy that utilizes the principles of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, which run on the pressure principle. Acupressure is meant to work on your body when you find a block in its daily function, or certain bodily processes go off track. Acupressure is an effective form of stimulation, used to help relax the muscle and to sustain improvement with minimum recurrence of symptoms.
Acupressure involves working with different types of finger movements on different acupoints, to increase or disperse at different points on the patient’s body throughout the session. It is meant to aid the body to stimulate and activate its healing energies.
What are the benefits of acupressure?
Acupressure therapy stimulates the body’s circulatory, lymphatic and hormonal systems. It helps relieve stress and anxiety, improves sleep, relaxes your muscles and joints, regulates digestive issues, minimizes headaches, and migraines, and is also beneficial for back pains and menstrual cramps.
Are there any benefits for the skin and hair?
Acupressure helps the body to function better, which in turn improves skin and hair. The stresses of everyday life reduce blood circulation to the hair follicles and the scalp. Acupressure stimulates blood circulation and helps to bring oxygen and fresh blood to the hair and the scalp, thereby promoting hair growth. It also benefits your skin by improving your metabolism and relaxing your muscles.
Acupressure is a safe and gentle alternative therapy used to relieve symptoms from many common disorders. Unlike some forms of Western medicine, this therapy does not involve the use of any invasive techniques. A skilled practitioner simply uses their thumbs and fingers to exert pressure on specific body points.
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