What is acupressure massage?
Acupressure has been used for more than 400 years in Asian countries such as China, Korea and Japan.
At first perceived as an art or an exotic therapy in the eyes of the world, it has gradually linked itself to acupuncture and is now used in modern medicine, helping for multiple emotional or physical symptoms.
Acupression also known as digitopuncture is safe and effective. It is non-invasive and can therefore be practiced without the need to remove clothing or use any needles.
It has no significant side effects and its effectiveness depends on the acceptance that we are all beings endowed with energy and that everything that exists is driven by that same energy.
How does acupressure work?
Pressure points are therefore precise places of the body the size of a 10cts piece that have a high level of electrical conductivity and a variation in temperature.
By connecting the points to each other, we create an energy path called meridians.
There are 12 meridians and each is associated with an organic system.
Acupressure helps balance these energy waves in order to relieve pain.
How to practice acupressure?
The type of acupressure I practice is to exert energetic pressure on different points, which sends an electrical signal to the brain, destabilizes it and forces it to bring relief to muscles, tendons and organs, but also to emotions.
We store our emotions in muscle contractions, especially in the lower back or abdominal area.
By stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system through acupressure, we achieve relaxation and thus the relief of tension.
How often should I do acupressure?
It is very important to use acupressure regularly (daily if possible) so that the body learns to enter a natural healing cycle and manages to regenerate itself.
The other advantage of this method is that it is a very good complement to conventional medicine that never interferes, whether you consult an osteopath, an allopath doctor or a psychologist.
The pressure is innate
Unconsciously, you have already used acupressure.
Have you ever massaged your temples during a migraine?
Have you ever put pressure on your eyebrows to relieve pain?
Have you ever massaged your feet, your ankles after an exhausting day?
Did you know that there is a gallbladder stimulating point in the eyebrows that helps reduce tension?
Did you imagine that there are points on either side of the foot connected to the liver and kidneys that stimulate relaxation while countering the lack of energy?
An accessible technique
Whatever your situation, your profession, you have in your fingers the power to relieve by learning to recognize the points to exert a saving pressure.
In these uncertain times, this method is very profitable, as it is sometimes difficult to get a medical appointment.
You can simply squeeze specific points from your body that will bring quick relief to various ailments.
What are acupressure benefits?
In fact, the acupressure points are distributed in different parts of the body and are exactly the same as the acupuncture points.
They therefore treat the same ailments as acupuncture.
The main difference is that acupressure does not need a needle. All it takes is an inch or a fingernail, a pen, sometimes an electric stimulator.
It does not compete with conventional medicine and makes me say that if you have a high fever or painful ear infection, a visit to your doctor will be essential.
On the other hand, if you have chronic pain, ailments that are not well managed by traditional medicine, then acupressure is an experiment to try.
Massage therapy for pain
The areas of application of this technique are as broad as the number of acupuncture meridians counted at more than 300.
Pressure to relieve a migraine can be as much as acupressure can be used to lose weight.
It can be used to soothe lower back pain or to stimulate a lazy liver.
You can try to limit gastric reflux while using it to improve sleep.
The use is so infinite that you can also use acupressure for your dog!
Acupressure points for anxiety
Here I give you three essential points of acupressure to achieve relaxation. Feel free to abuse it!
- The first point is on the hand, between the thumb and forefinger, in the hollow part of the joint.
Apply pressure in the center of the area, you will feel a painful point at first.
Insist in spite of the discomfort that eventually disappears.
Do a circular massage on each hand for 2 to 3 minutes
- At three fingers of the wrist, in the middle of the tendons, exert energetic pressure with the thumb.
Again, the point is painful and provides some discomfort but the pressure gradually cuts off the blood flow without any consequences and anesthetizes the area.
Hold this pressure for 2 or 3 minutes on each wrist.
You will then feel your tension and anxiety slowly dissipate.
Note that this point also relieves menstrual pain, dental pain, constipation and even hangover!
- The third point is on the foot, in the valley between the big toe (hallux) and the second (secundus), much like what we described for the hand between thumb and index finger.
Sit comfortably and apply firm pressure to the area for 2-3 minutes, until the pain subsides.
Do the same on the other foot.
Note that this point also relieves cramps, visual fatigue, arthritis and improves concentration.
Acupressure is an easy way to relieve some ailments very quickly.
It’s up to you to experience it to better know your body and benefit from it.
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