Yoga, massages, and cupping, oh my! Holistic health centers are on the rise, and more and more people are turning to alternative health methods in order to relieve stress and alleviate pain. However, with so many options to choose from, from acupuncture to qigong, how do you know which healing therapy is best for you?
Today we’re going to tell you all about acupressure because it’s an underrated method of healing that could be the perfect fit for stress relief and relaxation for you.
The Art of Acupressure
Acupressure isn’t a new technique by any means. It’s actually an ancient, traditional Chinese healing technique that was developed over 5,000 years ago to ward off diseases and relieve pain.
Much like acupuncture, acupressure involves the meridians or the points in your body where energy flows. The energy flows through your body, to your brain and vital organs. It’s believed that if the energy gets blocked in your body then you’re more susceptible to mood imbalances and illnesses.
Instead of using needles on these points, acupressure practitioners use their thumbs to apply pressure to the points in order to restore the energy flow and balance of yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy) in the body. Also, it awakens the body’s self-healing capabilities.
What Does Acupressure Treat?
Acupressure is used to treat a variety of ailments including headaches, body aches, back pain, inflammation, menstrual cramps, and more. As pressure is applied to certain muscle groups of your body more blood and oxygen flow to them to prevent pain and to promote healing.
As a result of more blood flow, muscles become relaxed as stress and tension leave the body as endorphins are released.
Stress can suppress the immune system, causing anxiety, and fatigue, so when the amount of stress in your body is lowered you’ll feel more energetic, with a happier sense of well-being. More and more people are turning to acupressure to relieve depression and exhaustion.
You may notice that your skin looks better with acupressure. As a result of better circulation, more blood will flow to your face, adding natural color and beauty. The skin and muscles around your face will also become firmer and wrinkles will be prevented.
Plus, some acupressure points can be used to send more blood to your stomach, relieving nausea and other digestive issues, like constipation, diarrhea, and acid reflux.
What to Expect During Your Acupressure Appointment
First, look on HealingRadius.com, the holistic healing center search domain to find the best acupressure centers in your area and book an appointment after comparing the rates and reviews.
When you go to your appointment, wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, so you can relax. You’ll most likely be laying on a padded table, so it’s important that you wear clothes that don’t restrict your movements.
Your acupressure practitioner may use their fingers, palms, elbows, and feet to apply pressure to your acupoints. Also, they may use wooden, plastic, or small metal devices that send out treatment frequencies.
Acupressure appointments usually last about 30 minutes to an hour, so you can squeeze quick appointments in during your daily routine.
However, before scheduling an appointment consult with your doctor first if you’re pregnant because it can induce labor.
Is Acupressure Right for you?
Now that you know the facts, is acupressure right for you? It’s believed to relieve pain from the body, help treat anxiety and depression, reduce stress, alleviate digestive issues, and more. Why not schedule an appointment to see how much acupressure can help you relax and alleviate pain?
Allison Barfield is a content writer for Span Enterprises and has been writing since she first learned to hold a pencil, shortly after birth. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2013 with a B.A. in media arts she fell in love with marketing. She's been copy writing and managing multiple blogs ever since.