What is Acupressure?
Acupressure is an ancient healing art using the fingers to gradually press
key healing points, which stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities.
Acupressure was developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago. Using the power and sensitivity of the hand,
Acupressure Therapy is effective in the relief of stress-related ailments, and is ideal for self-treatment
and preventive health care for boosting the immune system
Acupressure releases tension, increases
circulation, reduces pain, and develops spirituality
and vibrant health. For a pressure point reference
and a self-care guide for common complaints from A to Z, see Acupressure's Potent Points
by Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D.
with 400 illustrations and over a hundred self-acupressure healing applications.
Acupuncture & Acupressure
use the same
pressure points and meridians, but Acupuncture employs needles,
while Acupressure uses gentle to firm finger pressure. When these acupressure points are stimulated,
they release muscular tension, promote circulation of blood, and enhance the body's life force energy to aid healing.
Acupressure therapy can be used to relieve pain, fortify the sexual reproductive system, detoxify the body for greater
health and beauty, and tone facial and back muscles.
Ways to Use
The Applications of Using Acupressure
, balancing body energy, and maintaining good health. Acupressure's
healing touch reduces muscular tension, increases circulation, and enables deep
relaxation. By relieving stress, Acupressure Therapy strengthens resistance to
disease and promotes wellness. You can learn self-care applications and
pressure point formulas for specific conditions, such as chronic fatigue,
fibromyalgia, chronic muscular pain, mental stress, addiction recovery,
learning disorders, trauma, emotional imbalances and more. Here are some areas
for applying Acupressure effectively.
used acupressure points as a beauty treatment for thousands of years. An
acupressure beauty treatment enhances muscle tone and increases circulation.
The Heavenly Appearance and Facial Beauty acupressure points
improve skin condition and the tone of facial muscles and connective tissue.
This can lessen the appearance of wrinkles without drugs or surgery. After
years of pulling and stretching the skin, the connective tissue is weakened,
loosening the skin. Simple finger pressure on the Heavenly Appearance points,
along with therapeutic facial exercises, relieves congested areas and
relaxes the muscles. Thus toxins are released and eliminated, which of course
benefits your outward appearance. Acupressure points release the flow of life
energy, which improves both how you feel as well as how you look.
practices use the acupressure points to cultivate sexual
energy in lovemaking. Acupressure
also fortifies fertility, arousal, and sexual endurance,
enhancing sexual pleasure. Lovers have the advantage of stimulating the
acupressure points with full body embraces, kisses, and the secrets of touch.
Learn special points for heightening spiritual awareness and the chemistry of
your love relationship. The book, Acupressure for Lovers,
also provides answers for sexual problems
such as inhibited sexual desire, premature ejaculation
impotency, infertility, and sexual frustration
through an understanding of where sexual energy gets
blocked and what points to use to release it. Achieve deeper sexual
communication, spirituality, and learn acupressure techniques to unleash the
dynamic force of love.
Acupressure Therapy is highly effective for relieving
muscular tension in all areas of the back. Important points are located along
either side of the spine and on the upper back. For self back care, lie down on
a couple of tennis balls tied in a sock. Many people especially appreciate the
release of tightness associated with lower back pain and sciatica. Acupressure, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, and self-acupressure
for relieving back pain can also be an effective adjunct to
. By relaxing and toning the back muscles,
Acupressure makes the spinal adjustments easier and more effective, and the
chiropractic results last longer. In fact, Acupressure and chiropractic
treatments were originally practiced together in ancient China.
Trauma & Emotional Pain
Long known for its
ability to alleviate physical pain, the ancient healing art of Acupressure can
also relieve emotional pain. From day-to-day pressures to life's most
significant trials, emotional stress causes the body to shut down, which keeps
negative feelings stuck, resulting in physical ailments and emotional
imbalances. Acupressure techniques release this muscular tension and restore
the flow of vital energy, making resolution possible. For an in-depth focus on
this topic, see Acupressure
for Emotional Healing: A Self-Care Guide for Trauma, Stress & Common
by Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D., with 500
illustrations of emotional healing applications.
Acupressure relaxes the tight muscles that result from
emotional stress and trauma, which cause the body to contract its muscles and
harden, like protective armor, to shield your inner self. For instance, when
something frightens you, or someone uptight treats you abrasively, your neck
and shoulders may tighten immediately in response. This tension prevents energy
from circulating freely in your body, which can lead to various physical and
emotional imbalances. If you do not deal with these tensions and resulting
afflictions, emotional problems may stay buried, and then resurface at a later
time, when they're triggered by some new stress. Most therapies address the
cognitive and emotional aspects of trauma, but do not get to the physiological
source. Acupressure has an advantage in
that it works directly with the body to relieve physical ailments, muscular tension,
and the emotional imbalances associated with them.
imbalances and the physical symptoms that accompany them are often the body's
response to unresolved issues and events. Someone who witnessed a fatal
automobile accident, or an abusive incident, may live with the memory in the
form of recurring nightmares and insomnia or other psychosomatic ailments. If
left untreated, they can continue for years. Using acupressure points for
today's tension headache, caused by a conflict at work or an argument over
homework with one's teenager, may bring old conflicts or memories to the
surface during an acupressure session or afterward. To follow up, use
acupressure self-care methods, or explore the issues in therapy. Becoming
conscious of old memories and bringing them out in the open can lessen their
is another example of a life-changing transition that can cause emotional
problems such as anxiety, worry, and depression, and also cause physical
symptoms, such as stomachaches, ulcers, irritable bowel problems, and more.
Acupressure can help balance these symptoms.
Addictions: Compulsive behaviors occur in cycles and are cumulative; one
stress leads to another. Poor choices and emotionally unhealthy situations
contribute to muscular tensions, pressures and pain. People commonly use drugs,
alcohol, cigarettes, or overeating to avoid the stress and tension in
their lives and to escape from feeling pain in the body.
can break the negative cycle of addiction, since it releases pain, stress, and
tension, and heightens body awareness. Instead of the numbing affects of drugs,
acupressure increases the circulation, helping to lift the fog of addiction and
bringing a person back to the present moment. There are acupressure points for
regaining stability, reducing cravings, for heightening morale, self-esteem,
and self-confidence, and for boosting will power - all of which are vital for
, methods and styles
use the same ancient acupressure trigger
points. They vary in using different rhythms and pressures for stimulating the
acupressure points, using not only the fingers, but also the hands, arms, legs
and even feet. Some styles also incorporate other healing techniques. Shiatsu
, the traditional Japanese form of acupressure, can
be quite vigorous, with deep pressure applied to each point for three to five
seconds. In Jin Shin Acupressure,
at least two points are gently held for a minute or more. This style also uses
the Extra Meridians or Extraordinary Vessels, which balance the
and Thai Massage stimulate the Qi ("key") healing energy
using acupressure hand movements, full body stretches, and Chinese massage
Healing Energy Work
have a high electrical conductivity at
the surface of the skin, and thus conduct and channel healing energy most
effectively. This is why the most potent healing energy work uses acupressure
points. The Chinese call healing energy Qi or Chi. In
Japan, the life force is termed Ki, and channeling healing energy is called
Reiki. Yoga practices refer to the body's life force as prana or pranic energy.
These terms all relate to the same universal healing energy, which exists in
our environment, and links us to all forms of life.
Meridians of Traditional Chinese Medicine
the body's healing energy pathways. Meridian massage therapy moves this life energy
through the meridians to improve flow and balance.
Acupressure charts and Acupuncture charts show where the meridian lines are on
the body. The points are where vital energy gets blocked
on the meridians, and where you can most effectively release the resulting
tension, numbness, or pain. As healing
energy flows through the meridians, it governs blood circulation and harmonizes
all functions of the body. Studying the meridian pathways and Acupressure
points for transmitting Qi healing energy is key to transformational energy
work, including therapeutic touch and massage therapy.
whether from stress, trauma, or an injury, can
be traced to the root of all health problems. Your energy flow affects how you feel, how you think,
and how you breathe. Just
as negative thoughts can block your energy flow, positive thoughts can increase
your healing energy. When the body's life-force
energy becomes blocked, various emotional imbalances and physical symptoms also
result. These energy blockages occur at the acupressure points. Through a
variety of acupressure methods ranging from light touch, tapping, to simply
holding the points, the body's life energy is able to flow and rebalance.
A skilled Acupressurist
can integrate many complementary health care methods and therapies into a complete
treatment. Examples include therapeutic touch, somatic work, healing imagery,
acupressure meridian therapy, five element assessments, pulse reading, Asian
bodywork therapy, energy psychology (which involves tapping acupressure
points), and acupressure massage therapy techniques.
Martial Arts & Healing Arts
a common focus on the flow of energy within the body. Both Martial Arts
and the Healing Arts transmit powerful energy in their practices. For
instance, the point underneath the base of the skull (called the Gates of Consciousness) can be used in
Martial Arts to paralyze the body, and block energy to the brain. However, the
same Acupressure point can be used to open more healing energy into the brain,
and relieve migraine headaches. An Acupressurist can use this point easily to
balance the hemispheres and functions of the brain, leaving a person with
mental alertness and clarity.
The healing arts use the life force for internal healing. In contrast, martial
artists cultivate their energy internally, but use the life force externally
for self-defense and physical power. Both practices cultivate healing energy
through exercise, diet, and visualizations. A well-developed martial artist
master knows how to use the life force for self-defense, and also knows how to
use this vital energy to heal an opponent.
Use Qi Gong
to cultivate internal healing. The ancient Chinese masters of healing and
martial arts developed hundreds of internal healing art practices to strengthen
the flow of the life force. These highly valued self-healing practices within
the Chinese culture are known as Qi Gong (or Chi Gong). A skilled Acupressurist
channels Chi or Qi energy throughout the body. By strengthening your life
force through Qi Gong and martial art exercises, you can heighten your own
ability to use Acupressure Therapy to heal yourself and others.
on the Points
enhance healing. Traditional Reiki
practitioners use the whole hand with light contact to channel energy and
relieve pain. Learn how to heal the
body by sending life energy (also known as Reiki) through
the acupressure points. Channeling Reiki energy through the
acupressure points can enable you to tap into Traditional Chinese
Medicine's point-specific ancient healing knowledge.
in people and animals alike. Within all living animals are meridian
pathways. These life-force channels govern the functions of all body
systems, such as the nervous, digestive, endocrine, vascular, lymphatic, and
reproductive systems. The way energy flows through the meridians presides
over wellness or dis-ease. Meridian blockages can cause all kinds of human
suffering. However, when the life force flows through the meridians in a
balanced way, health, harmony, and happiness results.
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