What is acupressure?
A form of therapy, originating in Japan and based on the same principles as acupuncture, acupressure relaxes tense muscles and stimulates energy flow. Different from acupuncture, which punctures the skin, the benefits of acupressure come from pressure being applied to reflex points on the body. The end result? A much more practical and less invasive form of therapy.
How does acupressure work?
There are thousands of acupressure points on the skin’s surface. At these points, it’s natural for blockages to occur which can slow down our performance. Acupressure stimulates these points, which instantly increases blood circulation, and causes your body to release endorphins and oxytocin in response. You’ll also experience a rush of warmth to the targeted area, followed by a significant release of muscle tension as the aches and pains start to melt away.
Furthermore, acupressure increases the body’s ability to absorb nutrients and oxygen through the blood, which facilitates the removal of harmful metabolic by-products that build up in the circulatory system. As a result, additional neuropeptides flow through the nervous system, creating a sense of relaxation that supports overall healing and wellbeing.
What are the specific benefits?
Along with its ability to treat a variety of ailments, acupressure is calming 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
What are the different types of acupressure?
Shiatsu: is the most common form of acupressure, and translates to “finger pressure”. It originated in Japan and traditional Chinese medicine, and has been widely practiced around the world since the 1970s. During therapy, thumbs, hands, elbows, knees, or feet are firmly pressed into the body’s reflex points.
Reflexology: a system of acupressure massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, also known as zone therapy. Reflexology is based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head linked to different parts of the body.
Acupressure Mat: the concept of the acupressure mat originated from the bed of nails used by ancient gurus and yogis for healing and mediation. The bed of nails is rooted in Indian mysticism, and dates back thousands of years. Today, it is widely recognized as a powerful therapeutic device for both the body and mind.
Using an acupressure mat is a one-of-a-kind experience. It’s a unique mental test that forces the user to stay present and remain calm. At first, the experience can feel intimating and may even be painful; as time goes by, the body begins to adjust and the mind starts to relax. It’s meditative and soothing, but also incredibly effective in treating muscle aches and pain. As a result, using an acupressure mat is restorative in every sense of the word.
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