What is Acupressure?
Acupressure is considered an Alternative/Complimentary Therapy. It is applying direct pressure to specific points of the body for healing and promoting optimum health. Each point has a high sensitivity at the surface of the skin at that exact location. Acupressure is used as a preventative and enrichment for medical issues, and in some cases, can be used in place of traditional care. Acupressure has the explicit ability to work on specific conditions. For example, it can be used as a remedy for migraine headaches, chronic back pain, and asthma. It is the life force, “chi” which works with the self-healing power of our bodies.
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese Therapy that was developed even before Acupuncture. By applying pressure to one of the more then 365 healing spots, it will release blocked energy. You can feel the unblocking or release of that energy. Each pressure point has specific abilities or characteristics. Have you ever had a knot in you shoulder or back? That is blocked energy; and when pressure is applied, can you could feel the tension being released? That tension release is the release of blocked energy. You can actually feel the healing, or release of the blocked energy with your finger tips. When the healing points open up, it heals the whole body. It heals the nervous system, the cardiovascular system; in fact all the systems of the body are opened to heal.
It uses touch in such a conscious way that you can meditate on the point used for healing.
To recap, there are 365 specific points. These points are all connected through the 12 meridians; which can be navigated by flow pattern or release patterns. This is a recipe for opening up the meridians which allows the body’s energy to bring about healing.
If you think of each acupressure point as an entrance, which is closed when there is a blockage, when you apply pressure it opens the entrance allowing energy to flow, thereby releasing the symptom of pain or stress related with that healing point.
Another way acupressure works is by manipulating one point, and affecting another point or place on the body. This is done through the 12 meridians within the body. A meridian is a pathway in the body in which energy flows.
Acupressure releases endorphins (which are a type of hormone naturally produced by the body for reducing pain) to the root cause of the pain or discomfort allowing the body thorough and complete healing.