Acupressure: The Time You'll Be Glad To Be Poked And Prodded A lot of people may be scared to try acupuncture because of the needles involved, and that's understandable. After all, getting pricked all over the body doesn't seem like a fun experience. However, if you'd like to reap the benefits of acupressure without having needles poked into your body, there's another practice that may be much more suited to you – and it's called acupressure! Acupressure: Poking Pressure Points You might be asking yourself what acupressure is. Acupressure is a system of healing developed in China over 5,000 years ago. It is still a vital part of traditional Chinese medicine to this day and is practiced not only in China but all around the world. According to the study of acupressure, life energy – also called qi/chi – flows through the body in set patterns called “meridians”. Sometimes, our body acquires blockages in chi. The chi becomes stagnant, which then causes illness. The goal in acupressure is to locate and relieve these blockages through the application of pressure on specific pressure points. Doing so improves circulation and releases the pent-up energy, which then allows the body to heal itself. Acupressure has been used as a complementary therapy for many illnesses, including nausea and vomiting, digestive problems, headaches, lower back pain, depression, and many others. So if you find that maybe you'd like to add a little something to your doctor's regimen, why not ask if you can try out acupressure? The Acupressure Process So you've decided to try it out! First, do come prepared. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and avoid wearing belts, ties, and other restrictive accessories. Before the session, take a little time to discuss your problems and goals with your acupressure practitioner; this will help him or her focus on the meridians and the areas that need special attention. Afterward, you will be asked to lie down on a comfortable, padded table. The practitioner may or may not play some soothing music during the session – be sure to let him or her know if this is okay or if you'd prefer silence. The therapist will then begin the session and will start placing pressure on specific points across the affected meridians. They'll be applying varying degrees of pressure in different rhythms, using their fingers, palms, arms, and/or elbows. (Some even use their feet for some really intense pressure – but don't worry, this isn't usually the case!) During this time, it's normal to feel energy flowing from the therapist, or to feel your own energy loosening and resuming its proper circulation. Some people feel hot, cold, or tingling sensations – or even nothing at all. That's alright, because everyone has unique responses! One session would last about 30 – 90 minutes, depending on the amount of work that needs to be done. Most people notice prolonged and significant improvement in their illnesses after three sessions, but it all varies on a person's needs, after all – so don't be afraid to set goals with your acupressure practitioner! Afterward, you may feel very relaxed and even weak. That is also normal, so that's why you should take your time getting up and putting your shoes on. Drink lots of water afterward and rest for as long as your body dictates. If you're looking for a hands-on complementary therapy for something that's been bugging you and the idea of needles is a daunting one, acupressure is likely a good choice – so don't be afraid to get poked! About the Author: FHMatch , all-in-one `Business in a Box’! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments|Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance|