Acupressure massage therapy is a therapy developed over 5,000 years ago as an important aspect of Asian, especially Chinese, medicine. It uses precise finger placement and pressure over specific points along the body. These points follow specific channels, known as meridians – the same channels used in acupuncture.
It is an alternative medicine technique similar in principle to acupuncture. It is based on the concept of life energy which flows through “meridians” in the body. In treatment, physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points with the aim of clearing blockages in these meridians. Pressure may be applied by hand, by elbow, or with various devices.
Some medical studies have suggested that acupressure may be effective at helping manage nausea and vomiting, for helping lower back pain, tension headaches, stomach ache, among other things.
When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force to aid healing.
It was founded on the traditional Chinese belief in Qi (pronounced chi). Qi is the natural energy that flows through all living things. Acupressure therapy is used to continue the proper flow of Qi and prevent illnesses. Once the proper flow of Qi is restored, the patient is cured of most ailments.
How does it work? Our body releases endorphin, which are the petrochemicals that relieve pain, after acupressure. As a result, pain is blocked and the flow of blood and oxygen to the affected area is increased. This causes the muscles to relax and promote healing. Acupressure techniques work will in conjunction with foot reflexology