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An exploration in Acupressure

We all have ailments that pop up and plague us in life. Sometimes, after struggling to find a solution for these problems, we turn to more "non-traditional" methods. While many of these methods are considered "traditional" around the globe - our current healthcare system has programmed us to think otherwise. What is Acupressure?

Used for thousands of years in China, acupressure applies the same principles as acupuncture to promote relaxation and wellness and to treat disease. Sometimes called pressure acupuncture, Acupressure is often thought of as simply acupuncture without the needles.

What is the theory behind Acupressure?

Traditional Chinese medical theory describes special acupoints, or acupressure points, that lie along meridians, or channels, in your body. These are the same energy meridians and acupoints as those targeted with acupuncture. It is believed that through these invisible channels flows vital energy -- or a life force called qi (ch'i). It is also believed that these 12 major meridians connect specific organs or networks of organs, organizing a system of communication throughout your body. The meridians begin at your fingertips, connect to your brain, and then connect to an organ associated with a certain meridian. According to this theory, when one of these meridians is blocked or out of balance, illness can occur.

How does Acupressure work?

Acupressure practitioners use their fingers, palms, elbows or feet, or special devices to apply pressure to acupoints on the body's meridians. Sometimes, acupressure also involves stretching or acupressure massage, as well as other methods.

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.

What are the benefits for Acupressure?

Along with its ability to help treat variety of ailments, patients experience additional benefits of acupressure massage. It's a deeply relaxing experience and — like other types of massage — can help with:

Relieving stress, tension and anxiety

Improving sleep

Relaxing muscles and joints

Soothing the pain and discomfort of a sports or other injury

Reducing digestive issues

Minimizing headaches

Alleviating chronic pain

The therapy stimulates the body's circulatory, lymphatic and hormonal systems. It also helps the function of the immune system and the body's natural ability to heal itself.

If you are feeling stuck and are looking for alternative solutions to your ailments, complementary and alternative therapies, such as Acupressure, may be just what the Dr. ordered!

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