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Real Things You Didn’t Know About Acupressure

Acupressure is a technique related to acupuncture, where the energies of the body are regulated by manipulating points on the body. This has effects on the emotions, tension and physical conditions.

The points are commonly called “acupuncture points,” “pressure points,” “acupoints” or “acupressure points.”

What are the benefits of acupressure?

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.

Types of acupressure

Self-acupressure:
Acupressure is ideally suited for self-help. Many acupressure points are within a person’s reach and take a minimal amount of time for proper location and pressure. During an acupressure session at the Centre you will be shown how to stimulate points on your own body so that you can take responsibility for your own health maintenance.

Jin Shin:
Jin Shin Acupressure uses the same points as acupuncture, but uses thumbs or fingertips to balance and release the points instead of needles. Both hands are used to hold various combinations of acupressure points, selected by the practitioner to suit the individual’s needs.

The practitioner focuses on the acupressure points being held and channels energy into them to aid release of the muscular tension and energy blockages. Using both hands to hold two or more points at once achieves greater balance and harmony in the body. The points may be held from several seconds to a few minutes depending upon the person’s requirements. By releasing the blockages that accumulate around the points, Jin Shin opens the circulation of chi energy.

To discover how the energies are flowing in your body, the practitioner will feel your pulses on both wrists, noting their quality, rhythm and strength. They may also look at the structure, colour and coating of your tongue to give a good indication of your physical health. The aim is to discover which energy channels need adjusting for your specific complaint to improve, and which require treatment to boost your overall energy and vitality.

How will I feel after the session?
Some people are energised by the treatment, while others feel relaxed and calm. If the treatment has been particularly strong you could feel quite tired or drowsy for a few hours, and you should take this into account if you are planning to drive or use machinery. Occasionally there may be a short-term flair-up of your symptoms as your chi clears and resettles itself.

Zen Shiatsu:
Shiatsu is a Japanese acupressure technique for structural integration and muscular tension release. The word Shiatsu literally means “finger pressure”.  Zen Shiatsu is an integrated style of Shiatsu that uses hands and elbows as well as thumbs to stimulate points and release tension in the neck, shoulders, back, legs, and face.

Rhythmic pressure is maintained throughout the shiatsu treatment. Areas of the body are pressed firmly for three to five seconds. The consistent steady rhythm provides a harmonious and balancing effect on the body. If there is pain involved it should “hurt good”. The massage also incorporates body stretches making it complimentary to Thai massage.

Zen Shiatsu is great for balancing the body, improving circulation and releasing muscular tension. It is especially suitable for people who suffer from painful muscular tension in their neck, shoulders, back and legs. The direct pressure releases excess lactic acid that causes muscular problems. Shiatsu techniques are designed specifically to stimulate acupressure points and meridians, and thereby benefit the whole body.

The shiatsu massage is received on a mattress on the floor. Please wear loose comfortable clothing for this treatment, and avoid eating a meal 1-2 hours prior to the session.

What conditions is acupressure used for?

Acupressure therapy can be used to relieve pain, reduce tension in muscles, improve circulation and promote deep states of relaxation. It is often done by massage therapists and other bodyworkers, but can also be learned as a technique to be done oneself. Individuals can be treated, then trained in various self-care applications and pressure-point formulas for specific conditions. These include nausea and vomiting, motion sickness, headaches, neck and back pain, as well as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, mental and emotional stress, even addiction recovery and learning disorders.

For centuries, the Chinese have used acupressure points as a beauty treatment to enhance muscle tone and increase circulation, especially of facial muscles. This can reportedly improve the condition and appearance of the skin, lessening wrinkles and sagging of the face without drugs or surgery, although clinical trials are needed to confirm this. Acupressure points have also been employed to increase arousal, decrease sexual tension and reportedly aid in alleviating sexual dysfunction, including infertility, decreased sexual desire, premature ejaculation, and impotency.

Acupressure should not be used:

– As the only treatment for illness. If you are sick consult a doctor.

– If you have a heart condition.

– Just before or within 20 minutes after heavy exercise, a large meal, or      bathing.

– If the point in question is under a mole, wart, varicose vein, abrasion, bruise, cut, or any other break in the skin.

– If you are pregnant.

Sources:

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART03230/Acupressure.html

http://healwithgrace.blogspot.com/2011/10/acupressure-and-its-health-benefits.html

http://www.acupressurecentre.com/types-of-acupressure.html

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