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Acupressure - Information and Uses

Information and Uses

Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing method that involves applying pressure to certain meridian points on the body to relieve pain. The human body has fourteen "meridians" that carry energy throughout the body. These meridians start at the fingertips, connect to the brain, and then connect to the organ associated with the specific meridian.

Acupressure is an ancient healing art developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago. It is a branch of traditional chinese medicine which emphasizes preventing illness, dealing with underlying causes in depth and treating the whole person. An acupressurist works with the same points used in acupuncture called acupoints - stimulating these healing sites with finger pressure, rather than inserting fine needles. Acupressure uses the power and sensitivity of human touch to eliminate stress, relieve pain and alleviate acute and chronic conditions. It can be effective in the relief of many complaints such as arthritis, headaches, neck and shoulder tension, back pain, sciatica, infertility, sinus and breathing problems. By stimulating the bodies natural curative abilities, it also works as a powerful preventative therapy and is a safe and effective complement to conventional healing methods.

Acupressure deals with all the aspects of a person as a whole: body, emotions, mind, and spirit as one, not as separate parts. It relaxes muscular tension and balances the vital life forces of the body.

Acupressure can help with the following:

1. Relieve stress and tension
2. Relax mind and body
3. Increase blood circulation
4. Aid in the removal of toxic wastes
5. provide relief from head, neck and shoulder aches
6. promote the healing of injuries
7. Increase energy levels
8. Increase overall feeling of well-being
9. Decreasing labor pains
The client lies fully clothed on a soft massage table while the practitioner presses gently on points situated on various parts of the client's body. The session is non-invasive and gentle. An average session lasts for about one hour. However, most clients normally require a number of sessions to complete a treatment.

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