Acupressure is an ancient healing technique, which has been used for over 5000 years within Traditional Chinese Medicine practice and is used commonly today, in conjunction with massage and other bodywork techniques to support health and wellness. The practice of Acupressure is where a pressure is applied, using only the fingertips, on specific points that lie along the 12 meridians in the body. The aim of acupressure is to stimulate the body’s natural self-healing abilities. Acupressure works on regulating the flow of energy or Qi within the human body by releasing blockages that, over time, can cause illness.
Acupressure has many advantages which can include:
- Regulating blood flow – by stimulating corresponding points in the body, the flow of energy can be improved.
- Stress management – it can calm the mind and promote mental peace leading to better sleeping habbits.
- Assisting digestion – working on each meridian comes back to the respective organ and can assist with gas, acidity, chest burn, stomach related issues such as ulcers, constipation and much more.
- Weight loss – it reduces the amount of waste in the body, therefore assisting with the reduction of cellulite. Furthermore, stimulating organs to moderate food cravings and balance diet.
- Fighting addiction – there are numerous points associated with addiction for things such as alcohol, smoking, drugs, sugar, behaviours; It can help to lessen the ‘need’ for those addictions.
- Brain functions – improving memory, assisting with anxiety and depression, giving the overthinking mind a rest.
- Pain relief – relief from muscle, tendon and ligament pain causing local or referral pain, tension headaches, frozen shoulder, hip pain, sciatica and menstrual cramps.
- Mobility – through the release of blockages and improvement of blood flow, mobility can be increased.
- Eye care – sight can be improved through relate point simulation.
- Cold and flu symptoms – relieving sinus congestion, common colds, sore throat, runny nose, dizziness and nausea.
As the body is always in motion our needs frequently shift and we adjust to those needs. Regular acupressure treatments can help to support these changing needs, supporting the overall healthier functioning of the body, promoting balance between the opposing forces of yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy).