What is acupressure?
Acupressure is an ancient form of therapy, originating in India and developed in Japan as Shiatsu massage. It's based on the same principles of acupuncture, in which pressure is applied to the body's reflex areas to promote circulation and relaxation and to treat muscular aches and pain. However, unlike acupuncture, acupressure doesn't puncture the skin.
How does it work?
Located on the skin’s surface lie thousands of acupressure points. At these points, it’s natural for blockages to occur, which can slow down our performance. A few minutes of acupressure therapy stimulates these points, instantly increasing blood circulation, which then causes your body to release endorphins and oxytocin in response. At first, you will feel a rush of warmth to the targeted area, followed by a significant release of muscle tension as aches and pain start to melt away.
Furthermore, acupressure is commonly known to increase the blood’s ability to absorb nutrients and oxygen, which facilitates the removal of harmful metabolic by-products that build up in the circulatory system. When this happens, additional neuropeptides flow through the nervous system, creating a sense of relaxation that supports healing.