From work to family, friends, obligations and society, pressure can be found in all areas of your life. But, not all pressure has to stress you out or weigh you down emotionally. One pressure in particular, acupressure, actually is believed to do the exact opposite. With origins from traditional Chinese medicine, this type of bodywork therapy is most commonly used to release tension and restore energy balance from within the body. Integrating massage and acupressure therapy has been found to not only relieve tension and increase blood circulation, but it also can help strengthen the body’s resistance to disease and aid in healing common mental and physical conditions. Acupressure can help reduce pain or trauma in clients, relieve backaches and headaches, and even help with insomnia or chronic fatigue.
The underlying theory associated with acupressure is that the body is made up of meridians that provide pathways for energy to flow through. It is believed that energy is the body’s vital life force, most commonly referred to as chi. When a meridian becomes blocked, acupressure can be used to restore balance in the body, prevent illness and relieve pain. By using gentle, but firm, finger pressure, along certain acupressure points, therapists can release the blocked energy within the meridian, promoting energy flow to certain areas of the body. Stimulating these points also can increase the flow of blood and oxygen, as well as trigger the release of endorphins to relieve pain in certain problem areas of the body. The combination of all these reactions can ultimately cause the muscles to relax, which in turn promotes ultimate healing.
In most cases, acupressure is a safe bodywork modality that has done wonders for many people. But, before you seek acupressure therapy, it’s important to find a practitioner who is licensed and certified. If you have a concern with cancer, arthritis, heart disease or any other chronic condition, it’s always recommended that you consult a doctor before trying any therapy that involves joint or muscle movement.