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Self Heal With Acupressure
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Acupressure is an energy healing technique, which can be used by anyone for self healing and preventative care. It is a therapy that not only releases tension, increases circulation and reduces pain, but also improves the immune system and reinforces more vibrant health. The Chinese have enjoyed the health benefits of acupressure for thousands of years.
According to traditional Chinese medicine our bodies consist of Ki or Life-Force energy, which is carried throughout our bodies via channels called Meridians. The Meridians are likened to that of veins and arteries in our bodies carrying blood, except the Meridians cannot be seen. Throughout the body are Meridian ‘points’; also known as ‘acupuncture or acupressure points’, or more commonly as ‘pressure points’.
The healing benefits of acupressure are enabled by regulating the energies of the body through manipulating various
Meridian points on the body. Meridian massage therapy moves Life-Force energy through the Meridian channels to improve flow and balance to every organ of the body. Acupressure and Acupuncture charts show where these points are located on the body, and which areas of the body they affect.
There are many methods and styles to acupressure which entail using different rhythms and pressures, using not only the fingers, but also the hands, arms, feet and legs. Although many people consult skilled acupressure therapists, it is a method that anyone can use, anytime and anywhere. By relieving stress, acupressure therapy strengthens resistance to disease and promotes both physical and emotional well-being.
The technique is generally administered by using the fingers to gradually press the
Meridian points to stimulate the body’s self healing abilities, although pressure can also be applied by using a small blunt object. This adaptation is particularly helpful for self healing in areas which are inaccessible. A tennis ball or small rubber ball, placed under the back while lying down, is one such example.
Acupressure can be learnt for specific conditions such as chronic muscle pain, mental stress, addiction recovery, learning disorders, emotional imbalances, and many more. Although regular acupressure has long term benefits, it is a therapy which can also be used to treat even minor ailments such as headaches and muscle stiffness, as the need arises, and is a much kinder choice for the body than pain-killing drugs.
Acupressure is related to acupuncture, however the primary difference between the two is that acupressure does not use needles. Although acupressure has a long history of successful usage, for both maintaining health and treating health conditions, it is always advisable before commencing any form of therapy to seek medical advice if you are pregnant and if a problem persists, after commencing the therapy.