Acupressure is an ancient Chinese practice that resembles acupuncture in that they both share the same basic concept of chi: the energy that flows through the body following lines called meridians. These meridians can be accessed at specific points that allow one to manipulate the flow of energy. The belief that illness and pain is due to the interruption or blockage of this flow is the basis for both acupressure and acupuncture.
Restoring the balance to the flow of energy can produce profound alterations in circulation, neurotransmitter and endorphin production, blood pressure regulation, and numerous other changes that improve overall health and wellbeing as well as more specific treatments. This article is designed to help you to apply acupressure techniques to help you obtain pain relief and improve health without resorting to chemicals, invasive procedures, or frequent doctor visits.
Learn the pressure (trigger) points that deal with different organs and body areas. The above chart represents the main points, but learning the actual techniques of applying pressure/massage, length of time, and family of related areas involved requires research to find accurate and reliable instructions.
Ask a friend or family member to assist if desired:
Choose or create a comfortable environment:
- See to personal needs such as; emptying the bladder, turning off cell phones, letting the dog out, putting the baby down for a nap, etc. to avoid interruptions or distractions.
- Play relaxing music
- Use aroma therapy
Find a position that is comfortable and perform relaxation exercises prior to beginning your acupressure therapy. Close your eyes and breathe deeply.
Apply pressure/massage for a period of time that produces a noticeable change in the immediate area being manipulated (i.e. less tender, numbing sensation) You may notice an immediate response in the related areas, but these systemic results can be delayed.
- Families and friends find that performing such things as massage and pressure point therapies on each other creates bonding and decreases stress. Parents and even toddlers can perform simple techniques to relieve headache or nausea, with proper instructions, to help those they love feel better.
- While many simple acupressure remedies can be self administered; for longstanding, complex, or severe illnesses or pain, see a professional acupressure practitioner.
- Remember that while taking a pill may be quicker, using natural healing techniques will be better in the long run. Many require lifestyle changes that can be difficult at first, but that will give you a better quality of life.