Acupressure – Very Helpful Histotrically
Acupressure is a natural healing method which has been used for thousands of years in China and many other countries. Gently adding and relieving pressure to the right point or area is a natural way to remove pain and to reduce stress, and is for conveying compassion and support. Think of the last time you had a stiff neck or shoulder. What did you do? Rubbing the muscles over there for an instant relief. The same was true of our ancestors. Healers throughout time and throughout the world have instinctually and independently developed a wide range of therapeutic techniques using hands to touch. Many are still in use today, and with good reason.
We now have scientific proof of the benefits of acupressure – benefits ranging from treating chronic diseases and injuries to alleviating the growing tensions of our modern lifestyles. Having an acupressure does more than just relax your body and mind – there are specific physiological and psychological changes which occur, even more so when acupressure is utilized as a preventative, frequent therapy and not simply mere luxury. Acupressure not only feels good, but it can cure what bothers you.
The Consequences of Stress
Stress can happen locally and/or mentally. Medical researchers indicate that 80 to 90 percent of disease is stress-related. Acupressure and bodywork is there to combat that frightening number by helping us remember what it means to relax. The physical changes acupressure brings to your body can have a positive effect in many aspects of your life. Besides relaxation and decreasing anxiety, acupressure lowers your blood pressure, increases local blood circulation, improves recovery from injury, helps you to sleep better and can increase your concentration. It reduces fatigue and gives you more energy to handle stressful situations.
Acupressure is a perfect elixir for good health, but it can also provide an integration of body and mind. By producing a meditative state or heightened awareness of living in the present moment, acupressure can provide emotional and spiritual balance, bringing with it true relaxation and peace.
The Benefits of Acupressure
In an age of technical and, at times, impersonal medicine, acupressure offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. So what exactly are the benefits to receiving regular acupressure treatments?
1. Increases circulation, allowing the heart to pump more fresh blood rich in oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
2. Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body’s natural defense system, against toxic invaders.
3. Increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body’s largest organ – the skin.
4. Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles
5. Reduces spasms and cramping
6. Increases joint flexibility.
7. Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.
8. Releases endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller – and is being used in chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
9. Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred.
10. Improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain.
11. Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication.
12. Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion.
13. Assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as less need for medication, less depression and anxiety, and shorter hospital stays.