Acupressure Is Like Acupuncture Except With No Needles
By Dr. Rita Louise
Acupressure is an ancient art of healing. It can be likened to acupuncture except with acupressure, needles are not used to stimulate specific points in the body. Instead, practitioners employ their fingers to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities.
Some believe that acupressure may be even older than acupuncture. Texts indicate that as a practice it has been in use for over 3000 years. Acupressure has been a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The fact that it is still in use today is a testimony to its effectiveness.
Acupressure uses the same points on the body as acupuncture. It also shares many similar philosophies. The philosophy of this ancient healing modality is based on the concept that subtle life energy flows through invisible channels through the body called meridians. There are 12 major meridians within our bodies connecting our organs with other parts of the body.
When congestion is experienced in one of our meridians, the movement of subtle life-force energy, chi can become unbalanced. These imbalances can underlie a variety of physical symptoms and health conditions. Pressure that is applied to points along the meridians, helps to break up congestion and restore the flow of subtle life-force energy. Proponents of acupressure claim that this natural healing modality supports the healing of the body and subtle energy system, but also the mind, emotions, and spirit.
How to Perform Acupressure On Yourself
A qualified acupuncturist can do acupressure or you can do it on yourself. You can use your fingers, thumbs, or knuckles to apply gentle but firm pressure to an acupressure point. Start by picking an acupuncture point you would like to stimulate.
Use deep, firm pressure to massage and stimulate that point. As you begin, increase the pressure until you feel a mild ache. Then hold it steady for 5 seconds up to 2 minutes. Then gradually decrease the pressure on the point. As you do this, close your eyes, and breathe deeply. Many will repeat this procedure three to five times on each point.
As you become more familiar with working on yourself, you may begin to feel the acupressure point pulse under your finger. This is a good sign. It means that circulation has increased through this point in your body and meridian.
You can perform acupressure on yourself as many times a day as you want. For optimal results, you should perform it on yourself daily. If the acupressure point becomes uncomfortable or painful, back off. You do not want to bruise yourself while trying to make yourself feel better. With that said, as you begin to work with acupressure, you might experience some soreness on the acupressure point especially if it is blocked or congested.
Be gentle when manipulating points over sensitive areas. It should never be done over open wounds, bruises, varicose veins, or any area that is bruised or swollen. Pregnant woman should also be careful.
Acupressure Has Advantages Over Western Medicine
It is extremely cost-effective. No special equipment is required and no drugs are involved. It can be performed alone and the practice is very safe as long as you follow these general guidelines.
Dr. Rita Louise IS NOT a acupressure practitioner. This information is being provided for information only by offering you alternative healing options so that you can experience radiant health in your life.
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