Acupressure is an effective therapy which is classed as an “alternative” or “complementary therapy”. It treats the body as an energy system and focuses on a person’s own symptoms by identifying and releasing blocked energy centres in the body.
What conditions is acupressure claimed to be effective for?
Relief of stress ▪ headaches ▪ migraines ▪ neck pain ▪ shoulder pain ▪ general aches and pains ▪ menstrual problems ▪ anxiety ▪ nausea ▪ allergies ▪ insomnia ▪ chronic conditions ▪ eye strain ▪ back problems ▪ PMS ▪ salt imbalance ▪ fatigue
The energy centres that acupressure focuses on are known as acupoints and these energy centres are found on energy pathways which are referred to as meridians. In the same way that acupuncture looks as the body as a whole, the condition of these energy centres and meridians are central to all treatments.
When a person experiences physical pain and discomfort it is thought to be caused by a blockage of these acupoints or meridians and any congestion can also affect a person’s emotions resulting in feeling anything from anger to frustration and irritability.
As well as treating the physical symptoms, practitioners may also feel that acupressure can be used to treat people on a spiritual level. To explain this simply, practitioners use the therapy on an energetic level, aiming to assist people to feel more purposeful and less vulnerable.
When an issue has been identified for treatment, an acupressure practitioner will apply deep but gently finger pressure on specific energy centres or acupoints. Essentially it can be thought of as acupuncture without the use of needles and without any intrusion into the body. The action of this pressure works to unblock the energy centres and begins to release the energy which helps to relieve the symptoms.
It is said that most people who have acupressure find this gently pressure to be quite pleasant and say that it allows their bodies and minds to relax.
The above information has been sourced from The Complementary Medicine Association http://www.the-cma.org.uk/
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