Acupressure has the same principles as acupuncture but uses the thumb as opposed to needles to relieve stress, tension and promote healing & increase blood flow. Most if its technique are related to acupuncture, where the energies of the body are regulated by manipulating points on the body. This has effects on the emotions and other physical conditions. The points usually called acupoints, pressure points, acupuncture point or acupressure point.
It is believed that there are 12 major channels connect specific organs or networks of organs, organizing a system of communication throughout your body. When one of these meridians is blocked or out of balance, illness can occur. Acupressure and acupuncture are among the types of TCM that are thought to help restore balance. The goal of acupressure is to restore health and balance to the body’s channels of energy and to regulate opposing forces of yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy).
KindCare practitioners use their fingers, palms, elbows or feet, or special devices to apply pressure to acupoints on the body’s channels.
Q: Which Health Problems Benefit From Acupressure?
Here are a few health problems that appear to improve with acupressure:
- Headache and migraine.
- Neck shoulder pain, low back pain, leg pain.
- Depression and anxiety.
Q: Are There Any Precautions With Acupressure?
In general, acupressure is very safe.
Deep tissue work needs to be careful if any of the following conditions apply:
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- A spinal injury, or a bone disease that could be made worse by physical manipulation.
- You have varicose veins
- You are pregnant (some certain points need to be avoided).
Q: What Happens During an Acupressure Session?
During an acupressure session, you lie fully clothed on a soft massage table. The practitioner gently presses on acupressure points on your body. A session typically lasts about half an hour. You may need several sessions for the best results.