Acupressure is an alternative therapy that involves applying pressure to specific points on the body to promote healing and alleviate symptoms. Rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure is based on the same principles as acupuncture, but without the use of needles.
According to the theory behind acupressure, there are meridians or channels in the body through which life energy, known as Qi (pronounced “chee”), flows. It is believed that when these channels become blocked or imbalanced, it can lead to various physical or emotional ailments. By applying pressure to specific points along these meridians, acupressure aims to restore the flow of Qi, bringing the body back into balance.
Acupressure points are typically located on the body’s surface along these meridians. Practitioners use their fingers, hands, elbows, or specialized tools to apply pressure to these points. The pressure can be gentle or firm, and it is often held for a few seconds to several minutes.
Acupressure is commonly used to relieve pain and tension, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance overall well-being. It can be used to address a wide range of conditions, including headaches, nausea, back pain, menstrual cramps, anxiety, and insomnia.
While acupressure is generally considered safe, it’s important to consult with a trained and qualified practitioner if you are considering using it for a specific health condition. They can provide personalized guidance and ensure that acupressure is suitable for your needs.
Here are a few acupuncture points that you can try today!
This point is found in the fleshy area between your thumb and your index finger and is a great place to massage if you have a headache (or when you feel one coming on)
This acupuncture point is found between your big toe and your second toe and is often very tender. This pont can be used to help bring energy down from your head to alleviate a tension headache, to alleviate menstrual cramps and to improve the flow of energy throughout your body.
Found about 1.5 inches on either side of your belly button, this acupuncture point can help improve digestive disharmony.
This acupuncture point is found behind the bony protuberance behind the ear and is very powerful to help you get to sleep. Massage this point before bed or roll some essential oils on it to help you relax!