To Relieve Stress and Tension Naturally
What Is Acupressure?
Acupressure is a touch therapy chosen for the relief of headache, back pain, anxiety and tension, nausea and other ailments.
Acupressure has been used for many centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine for restoring a balanced flow of energy through the body to induce a process of natural healing.
Acupressure treatment uses the same reference points on the body as acupuncture, however it differs in that physical pressure is applied with either the hands, elbow or with the help of various traditional devices to stimulate these points rather than the use of needles. Acupressure points are held firmly but gently.
Acupressure has proven to be very effective in helping alleviate and improve the following conditions:
- Migraines and headaches
- Sinus Problems
- Shoulder and neck pain
- Lower back pain
- Muscle stiffness
- General pain management
- Anxiety and tension
A Typical Treatment
You will need to discuss your particular health concerns with your practitioner in order to plan a course of acupressure.
A massage table is normally used for acupressure treatments. Please wear thin loose-fitting clothing so that the pressure points can be easily located and the application of pressure is not impeded.
The duration and the number of acupressure sessions required for effective treatment will vary according to the specific needs of the individual.
Spreading acupressure treatment across several sessions enables you to assess how you are progressing. Regular treatment will benefit both those with specific problems and those seeking general relaxation.
Acupressure and You
You should find that acupressure helps you to relax and reduce your stress levels and it may also provide relief for chronic ailments and improve your overall health and well-being.
The goal is to achieve relief from pain and tension, and this relief can last from a few hours to several days. The benefits may be even longer lasting depending on the cause and the initial conditions of your ailment.
A controlled study has shown that acupressure can be more effective than standard physical therapy in reducing lower back pain (source: British Medical Journal -- February, 2006). Several other studies have been carried out that demonstrate the effectiveness of acupressure for certain ailments.
Acupressure therapy may also help you to understand your own body better, since many of the points on your body that are used in this therapy can be self-administered.
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