Acupressure therapy is mostly effective in relieving stress-related ailments as well as pain-related issues.
It helps in improving the immunity system and is also said to develop spirituality, if practiced properly.
This form of healing with fingertips is not a new one and been used by the Chinese since centuries. They call it Qi or Chi.
What is Acupressure and its Use?
As we discussed earlier, acupressure is nothing but soothing the pain by applying pressure on the connected areas on your body.
There are 12 major meridians that connect a network or specific organs in your body. These meridians communicate with the brain when activated or pressed with the fingertips.
So, whenever a particular meridian is pressed, the related organ gets activated and your pain/problem gets reduced or completely solved.
How Does Acupressure Points Work?
Not many people believe the efficiency of the acupressure therapy, especially those educated people who stress on taking medicines suggested by the doctor. But, we should remember that Acupressure is not a new practice and has been around for centuries with better results.
Generally, a session takes around 1 hour to complete and it may require repeated sessions to get the complete relief from the problem.
The major outcome of these sessions would be your body gets relieved from negative energy (Yin) and absorb positive energy (Yan). The acupressure points connect to the brain, which then releases endorphins to relieve the pain.
Difference between Acupressure and Acupuncture
Both the techniques use the same pressure points and meridians, but you apply finger pressure in Acupressure therapy while needles are used in Acupuncture therapy.
When you apply the pressure, the pressure points are stimulated and as a result they release muscular tension, promote blood circulation and enhances life force energy of our body to aid in better healing.
It also helps to relieve pain, detoxification, toning the muscles and even improve the sexual reproductive system.
What is an Acupuncture Massage?
Acupuncture massage is another name of the ‘Shiatsu Technique’. The word ‘Shiatsu’ is a Japanese word, which implies ‘finger pressure’. The technique includes massages with thumbs, fingers, feet and even palms. It also includes assisted stretching, joint manipulation and mobilization.
To correctly define, the Shiatsu technique is both therapy and diagnosis. It helps in correcting the problems that the therapist doesn’t even know exist.
Why Do Some Pressure Points Hurt?
When you apply some pressure on a pressure point i.e, pinching the corresponding nerves against a bone or muscle, it shoots an electronic signal to the brain aka pain signal. Our body reacts to the pain and urges the body to restore normal functioning when there is a cut of in the blood flow or air.
So, feeling pain when a pressure point is pressed is a common scenario in most of the people. It is a warning to the people that some damage may occur due to the over pressing.
However, there are a few people (10 to 15%) who are resistant and don’t feel much pain.
What is Reflexology?
Madam Yuni Singam was the one who discovered this method of Acupressure named ‘Jhonology’, which was later renamed for easy pronunciation as ‘Reflexology’.
There are total 4 types of Reflexology techniques such as
- Face Reflexology
- Ear Reflexology
- Hand Reflexology
- Foot Reflexology
Each pressure point will be connected to the corresponding organ in the body and when they’re simulated using the pressure through finger or needle, it relaxes the organ, thereby relieving us from the pain or problem.
Does Acupressure Therapy have Any Side Effects?
Since the main strategy of Acupressure is to cure the pains and aches of our body in a natural way through applying some pressure at the related point, it is absolutely safe and has no major side effects. But, here are a few limitations of Acupressure.
However, do remember that Acupressure only cures common problems like:
Body pains, headaches, cold/flu, fever, relaxation of mind & body, improving eyesight, boosting immunity & metabolism, reducing gas problems, constipation etc…
Who Should Stay Away from using Acupressure Therapy?
Please note that you should not depend on Acupressure treatment for ailments related to the vital organs in our body like heart, brain, kidney and liver.
Pregnant women should also stay away from using Acupressure or Acupuncture therapy as wrongly rubbing pressure points during the pregnancy could cause harm both to the mother and the baby.