How acupressure works : Acupressure practitioners use their fingers, palms, elbows or feet, or special devices to apply pressure to acupoints on the body’s meridians. Acupressure points are places on the skin that are especially sensitive to bio-electrical impulses in the body and conduct those impulses readily. When pressure is put on these points then endorphins are released which reduce the pain and increases the flow of blood and oxygen.
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 one hour. You may need several sessions for the best results.
In acupressure it is believed that there are twelve channels in our body; all related to each part of the body. These channels finally connect to the nervous system. When there is any kind of blockage in any part of the body, force is exerted via acupressure to remove that hindrance and to ensure proper flow of blood, oxygen and positive energy. Acupressure can be used simultaneously with your other medical treatment. The two frames of reference for a pressure point in acupressure are the focal point and the trigger point. Focal point is used when pressure is exerted on a particular point and trigger point is used to put pressure on a nearby point. Like acupuncture, this practice comes from traditional Chinese medicine. Although acupuncture is more widely known, most sources suggest that acupressure actually predates acupuncture by about 2,500 years.
There are great advantages to using acupressure as a way to balance the body and maintain good health. The healing touch of acupressure reduces tension, increases circulation and enables the body to relax deeply. Acupressure strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness by stimulating immune function.