Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the skin’s surface to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities. Muscle tension is released when these points are pressed.
Damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, or fascia can be caused by over-use or by trauma. Local symptoms may result from tension elsewhere in the body. For example, a tension headache may stem from the shoulder and neck area. Acupressure would focus on relieving the pain and discomfort before it develops into a disease that can do further damage.
Therapists use their fingers, palms, elbows, feet or special massage tools. Acupressure sometimes involves stretching. Acupressure and acupuncture use the same points, but acupuncture uses needles while acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of hands (and sometimes feet).
Acupressure points are where vital energy gets blocked on the meridians, the body’s healing energy pathways. These are where the tension, numbness, or pain can be released. It is believed that these 12 major meridians connect specific organs or networks of organs. The meridians begin at your fingertips, connect to your brain, and then connect to an organ associated with a certain meridian.
History of Acupressure
Acupressure has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. It has been used for thousands of years. Shiatsu is a Japanese form of acupressure.
Benefits of Acupressure
Acupressure can be effective in relieving headaches, eyestrain, sinus problems, neck pain, backaches, arthritis, muscle aches, tension due to stress, ulcer pain, menstrual cramps, constipation, and indigestion.
- Blood circulation
- Muscular tension
Length of Acupressure Massage Session: 30, 60 or 90 mins. **Acupressure is a complement to standard medical care. It should not be construed as medical advice. It should not be a replacement to medical help.**