For almost 5,000 years, acupressure has been reducing tension, improving circulation and offering relief for a wide variety of conditions.
Traditional Chinese Medical philosophy asserts that the human body contains a life force called “chi,” which must flow evenly throughout the body. It is said to follow 12 major meridians, or channels, which connect vital organs with the rest of the body.
Acupressure theory dictates that if the flow of chi is interrupted by a blockage, the consequences can include muscular tension, pain, illness or disease.
An accupressurist’s job, therefore, is to strategically apply pressure at certain body points, as a means of alleviating the pain and restoring balance.
Relieving Energy Blockages
Any form of muscular soreness, injury or illness is viewed as a physical manifestation of energy blockage, and each blockage is related to one or more of the body’s hundreds of acupoints.
Using their fingers, palms, elbows, feet or even a specially made tool, accupressurists can relieve specific symptoms by applying pressure to the corresponding acupoint, clearing energy blockages and improving overall energy flow within the body.
The Efficacy of Acupressure
Proponents of acupressure believe it to be an effective treatment for resolving a whole host of physical and psychological issues.
Relieving muscular tension. Acupressure is widely considered to be an excellent means of treating muscular tension. The inherent improvement of blood circulation, when acupressure is applied, diffuses any energy blockages caused by stress, tension or overexertion. Acupressure is especially effective at treating back pain and headaches.
Treating illness and disease. Some tentative research indicates that acupressure could be effective in alleviating some of the symptoms that persist among those receiving cancer treatments, such as constant fatigue. It is also thought to have anti-inflammatory effects, which aids in the treatment of arthritis.
Emotional pain. The calming nature of acupressure, the improvement of blood circulation and relief of muscle soreness combine to make the treatment useful for overcoming emotional stress and psychological pain.
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