Encourage Your Body's Natural Healing
Acupressure massage, a traditional healing technique, originated in China thousands of years ago. Furthermore, it's a form of alternative medicine that involves applying pressure to specific points on the body. Some benefits include promoting relaxation, alleviating pain, and encouraging the body's natural healing abilities.
For the more than one billion people living in China, acupressure massage holds an important place as a trusted method of health care. Acupressure follows the underlying concept of energy flow, also known as "Qi" or "Chi," through the body's meridian system.
About Acupressure Massage
Massaging specific acupoints does not require special equipment. Therefore, you can apply the techniques in your home.
Doing self-massage, or massaging others in the home, you can improve health by strengthening the flow of qi in the body and nourishing the blood. You will hold the pressure for a few seconds to a couple of minutes, depending on the specific technique and the individual's needs.
Benefits of Acupressure Massage
According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), when the flow of Qi is disrupted or blocked, it can lead to various health issues and discomfort.
By applying pressure to acupoints along the body's meridians, you work to restore the balanced flow of energy to promote overall well-being.
Additionally, you can treat specific conditions such as a cough, sore throat, headache, dizziness, rash, etc.
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Stress relief: Acupressure massage can induce relaxation and help reduce stress and anxiety levels. Your mind will feel refreshed after massaging certain points as well.
Pain management: Alleviate headaches, neck and shoulder tension, back pain, and other forms of bodily discomfort.
Improved circulation: Improve blood flow and energy circulation in the body.
Enhanced energy levels: Balance energy flow to increase vitality and a sense of well-being.
Immune system support: Strengthen your natural defense mechanisms.
How to do Acupressure Massage Safely
You can do acupressure massage safely. However, it may not be suitable for individuals with certain medical conditions, so consult a healthcare provider before trying acupressure. Do not do acupressure massage if you are pregnant without first consulting a trained professional.
The following tips will make for a pleasurable experience:
- Your fingernails should ideally be cut short so as not to nick or scratch yourself or the person you’re massaging.
- Begin with a moderate force before applying more pressure.
- Do not massage your points within two hours after eating.
- Massage in a warm room.
- Never massage with cold hands.
- Rub your hands together first before massaging.
Do not do acupressure massage if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Acute inflammations such as supprative tonsillitis
- Acute abdomen issues such as appendicitis, gastric and duodenal perforations
- Infectious diseases in the acute stage
- Diseases with bleeding tendency, such as thrombocytopenia, hemophilia, purpura
- Serious skin diseases
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This ancient therapy is used as a preventative treatment as well as a healing modality. By massaging specific points, obstructions in the channel's pathways can be removed, promoting and increasing both Qi and Blood circulation.
Massaging Specific Points
Some common acupoints that are frequently stimulated during acupoints massage include:
- Large Intestine 4 (LI4) - Located between the thumb and index finger. It is believed to help with headaches, toothaches, and stress relief.
- Gallbladder 20 (GB20) - Found at the base of the skull in the hollows on both sides of the neck. It is thought to relieve neck pain and headaches.
- Stomach 36 (ST36) - Situated on the lower leg, about four finger-widths below the kneecap. It is believed to boost energy and improve digestion.
- Liver 3 (LV3) - Located on the foot between the big toe and second toe. It is thought to alleviate stress and menstrual pain.
- Heart 7 (HT7) - Situated on the wrist crease on the pinky side. It is believed to help with insomnia and anxiety.
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The benefits of acupressure massage are numerous.
Regular practice can improve physical health by keeping blood and qi flowing smoothly. It also supports mental well-being by reducing stress, anxiety, and promoting relaxation. Acupressure massage enhances vitality, boosts the immune system, improves concentration, and fosters a sense of inner calm and harmony.
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About the Author
Hi, I’m Juli Kramer.
Dr. Juli Kramer Is A Certified Qigong Instructor. She Also Holds A Diploma In Chinese Medicine Nutritional Therapy And Multiple Certificates In Chinese Medicine. As A Qigong And Meditation Teacher, Dr. Kramer Understands The Important Role Movement And Meditation Have On Developing A Healthy Body And Mind. Juli Also Has A Ph.D. In Curriculum And Counseling Psychology.
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