Acupressure is an ancient healing art that helps to release tension and is purported to improve the flow of energy throughout the body. It is based on the Chinese meridian system — the same one as in acupuncture.
Acupressure treatments are performed by trained practitioners who find and address imbalances in both physical and emotional health. Acupressure is administered by applying pressure with the fingers on specific points for intended healing benefits. Pressure can range from gentle to firm depending on what the body requires.
1. A More Youthful Appearance
The body’s natural vitality is refreshed and preserved when there is healthy blood flow throughout the body. Healthy circulation helps contribute to a healthy, glowing complexion. Acupressure in the facial area also helps to reduce the tension that can otherwise make you look tired and aged.
2. Better Posture
Acupressure is excellent for the back and spine. With the release of tension and pain, posture naturally improves.
3. Pain Relief
Studies show that acupressure is a great pain relief therapy! As a bonus, it’s noninvasive and may even allow you to nix the conventional pain relief medication! This therapy is said to help alleviate low back pain, tension headaches, menstrual distress, and even labor pains.
4. Improved Circulation and Immune Function
Just like massage, one of the benefits of acupressure is better blood and lymphatic circulation. Though it is not backed by evidence, many people feel that it also helps to enhance the body’s flow of “chi,” or “life force energy”.
With a better flow of blood and less stress and tension throughout the body, the immune system naturally benefits. This, in turn, helps to body to ward off illnesses and invaders.
5. Processing Trauma
The body is said to stores components of stress and emotional traumas throughout the body. In Chinese medicine, it is said that such traumas can manifest as physical pain and “blockages” in the meridian system. Acupressure treatments are intended to address these issues and allow the body to release the associated tension.
6. Better Emotional Health
Acupressure may be a promising therapy for those who suffer from high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. One study found that performing acupressure therapy three times a week for four weeks on patients with end-stage renal disease significantly reduced their overall psychological distress!
7. Better Sex
Acupressure may even be able to improve your sex life by using touch to optimize circulation and body chemistry. With fewer aches, pains and stresses, this area of life is naturally improved.
Regular treatments may help you bring a little more balance into your life. Go ahead – give acupressure a try!