Acupressure – A Simple But Beneficial Therapy
In this article, we will discuss how acupressure is a simple but very beneficial therapy.
If you’re reading this article, we’re willing to bet you’ve heard of this unique Holistic Modality. This ancient Chinese practice has been shown to reduce physical pain, alleviate anxiety, and promote an overall positive, healthy mood.
In this post, however, we’d like to talk about acupressure. This is a similar but less invasive technique that’s been all the rage lately, especially when it comes to the use of acupressure mats.
Read on to learn what it is, its benefits, and how you can incorporate it into your life if you’re interested in doing so!
Let’s dive in.
First, What is Acupressure?
It is a type of therapy focused on applying firm but gentle pressure to different points around the body – it’s a type of massage therapy.
Similar to acupuncture, acupressure is based on the concept of qi. But what is qi?
According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), qi is a type of “vital energy” or “life force” that flows through all living things. It’s sort of like “spiritual blood” that supports homeostasis of both mind and body
When qi flows properly, mental and physical balance is maintained: we feel good!
However. the flow of qi can become disturbed. Blockages occur for a variety of reasons, from poor posture to life stressors. When qi doesn’t flow freely, we may feel lethargic, sad, or even experience irregular or painful menstruation (hormones become imbalanced).
Here’s where acupressure comes into the picture. It clears blockages by massaging areas of the body where the flow of qi tends to get interrupted, known as meridians. Less technically, these points are called acupoints. Since acupuncture also focuses on acupoints, you can think of acupressure as “acupuncture without the needles.”
In summary, it has the same benefits as its more widely-known sister but isn’t as intimidating to newcomers – a win-win!
How Can Acupressure Help Me?
- Relief from tension
- Stress reduction
- A better night’s sleep – relief from insomnia
- Freer blood flow
- Proper hormone balance
- Boost in energy
- Reduction in chronic pain
- A more stable mood
Basically, acupressure is excellent at promoting holistic health. All the above benefits help improve your life as a whole – they allow you to better enjoy free time with friends and always bring your “A-game” to work life.
Acupressure does this by taking advantage of the mind-body connection. For instance, promoting the free flow of blood it encourages proper oxygenation of organs including the brain, which can reduce mental fatigue and boost mood.
An imbalance in hormones like cortisol, on the other hand, can result in increased feelings of anxiety and constant bodily tension that has you feeling exhausted. By reducing anxiety, acupressure can also fortify your immune system (stress has been shown to reduce immunity) and protect against physical illness.
How Can I Find an Acupressure Professional?
This modality is usually offered by massage therapists or acupuncturists, though it may also be the main service a practitioner provides.
As for finding a trained professional, search engines such as Google are the easiest way. Look up things like “acupressure near me” or “acupressure[your zip code].” Unfortunately, there are as of yet no governing bodies to oversee acupressure credentials.
However, acupressure certificates are offered by massage therapy schools. You’ll want to visit a professional who has received a certificate, as this indicates they’ve completed at least 150 hours of coursework and know what they’re doing!
A simple but effective way to vet a professional is to look at online reviews – if several patients have experienced positive life changes, it’s worth giving that practitioner a visit.
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So What are Acupressure Mats?
You don’t always have to go to a trained professional to see the benefits of acupressure in your own life.
If you’ve heard of acupressure, you’ve probably also heard of acupressure mats. These are mats covered in plastic spikes. You lay on the mat, either clothed or with bare skin, and the spikes automatically apply pressure to the meridians across your back and/or legs.
This can be a bit uncomfortable, but shouldn’t be painful. After a few minutes, your body will become used to the sensation and you’ll start to feel more relaxed as qi and endorphins flow through your body.
Acupressure mats provide an easy way to experience acupressure at home. They can be either a stepping stone to visiting a professional or your complete acupressure healing practice.
These mats can be bought from popular stores such as Walmart or Lowe’s, or online. You may want to look for one that includes a pillow, as these can help if you’re also experiencing headaches or neck tension.
When first starting out, lay on the mat for no more than 10-15 minutes. Later, you can bump this up to 20-25 minutes, but don’t go any higher than this.
Overall, acupressure is definitely something worth trying if you feel anxious, exhausted, or unsatisfied with life. Using a specified mat can be one way to test out the concept for yourself. There are also many self-guided acupressure massage techniques available on YouTube. If you need more convincing, feel free to look at some of the studies linked to above.
Thanks for reading, and good on you for taking steps to improve your wellbeing!
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