Acupressure – Benefits and Basic Overview
Acupressure is one of the primary treatment methods used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, an ancient and holistic system of healing. Shiatsu is a form of acupressure used in Japan.
Acupressure is based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine theory that there is a life force within the body, called chi or qi. Qi energy can become blocked. Applying pressure at specific points along the energy pathways (meridians) can release blockages. With the energy pathways clear, more qi energy is available to the body and energy healing is accomplished.
Acupressure may be applied with the fingertips, hands, arms, elbows, or even knees and feet during the energy healing process. In general, the correct acupuncture point is located first. The therapist then applies firm fingertip pressure to the point and maintains that pressure for several seconds before releasing. After a moment, the body will restore blood flow (and qi) to that point. Then the point may be pressed again. Acupressure treatments may be mildly uncomfortable during the pressure but should not be painful. The greater the blockage of qi along an energy pathway, the more uncomfortable release may be. Acupressure may be more uncomfortable than acupuncture for some people because the needles are so precise.
Acupressure requires no tools. Acupressure uses simple finger pressure instead of acupuncture needles. You can also perform acupressure treatments on yourself to improve your qi flow through energy pathways. People who are afraid of the needles used in acupuncture may prefer acupressure for their energy healing.
Regular acupressure treatments, along with other types of Traditional Chinese Medicine, are sometimes used to treat chronic illnesses, aches and pains, stress, menstrual difficulties, and other ailments attributed to low qi energy or blockages in the energy pathways. This treatment method is generally considered safe; be sure you never press on parts of the body that are bruised or broken.
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