Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to apply pressure to key points on the body to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative ability. When pressure is applied to these points they release muscular tension, promote the circulation of blood and enhance the body’s life force to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but whereas acupuncture employs needles, acupressure uses the gentle, but firm pressure of hands and fingers.
The origins of acupressure are as ancient as the instinctive impulse to hold your forehead or temples when you have a headache. Everyone at one time or another has used their hands spontaneously to hold tense or painful places on the body. More than five thousand years ago, the Chinese discovered that pressing certain points on the body relieved pain where it occurred and also benefited other parts of the body more remote from the pain and the pressure point. They found other locations that not only alleviated pain, but also influenced the functioning of certain internal organs.
Acupressure uses key points to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. [/box]
It can be affective in relieving
- Sinus problems
- Neck pain
- Muscular aches
- Tension and stress
- Menstrual disorders
During treatment the meridian lines (the lines of energy which link each pressure point) are often worked to improve the energy flow through the body.
Acupressure is an effective self-curative technique in between treatments.