What is Acupressure?
Acupressure is one of a number of Asian bodywork therapies (ABT), along with qigong, tuina and shiatsu, which is a Japanese form of acupressure.
Traditional Chinese medical theory describes special acupoints or acupressure points that lie along meridians, or energy channels, in your body. These are the same energy meridians and acupoints as those targeted with acupuncture. It is believed that through these invisible channels flows a life force called qi (ch’i). It is also believed that 12 major meridians connect specific organs into a system of communication throughout your body. The meridians begin at the fingertips, travel to the brain, and then connect to an organ associated with a certain meridian.
How Acupressure Treatment Works
Acupressure practitioners use their fingers, palms, elbows, feet, or special devices to apply pressure to acupoints on the body’s meridians. Acupressure also involves stretching or acupressure massage.
As a pressure point is held, muscle tension yields to the finger pressure, enabling muscle fibers to elongate and relax, blood to flow freely, and toxins to be released and eliminated. Increased circulation also brings more oxygen and other nutrients to affected areas, increasing the body’s resistance to illness and promoting a healthier, more vital life. Furthermore, when blood and bioelectrical energy circulate properly, one has a greater sense of harmony and well-being.
During an acupressure treatment session, you lie fully clothed on a soft massage table. A session typically lasts about one hour. You may need several sessions for the best results.
Conditions Treated by Acupressure Massage Therapy
In addition to relaxing the body and relieving stress, acupressure strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness. Among the conditions treated by acupressure massage are: