Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press glands on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities.
Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of hands and feet.
These glands correspond to fourteen meridians in the body that carry energy throughout out. These meridians begin at the fingertips, are attached to the brain and the related meridian organ. A blockage in the meridian causes the energy to flow slower, which in effect causes something to go wrong in the organ which is related to that meridian. Through acupressure the energy can flow with regularity and the organ can continue its usual function. Acupressure reduces pain by stimulating the release of endorphins, which are the body’s pain relievers. Acupressure raises the nutrient supply to muscles by advancing cellular exchange when stimulated. At the same time, development of damaging fatigue products, metabolic wastes and lactic acid from extreme exercise are deterred.
There are great advantages to using acupressure as a way to balance the body and maintain good health. The healing touch reduces tension, increases circulation, and enables the body to relax deeply. By relieving stress, it strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness.
Therapists use a range of techniques to apply acupressure based on the area of your needs; Shiatsu, firm pressure, slow motion kneading, brisk rubbing and tapping. Acupressure can assist with depression, addiction, back pain, migraines, circulation and tension.