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What is Acupressure?

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Alternative therapies have been around for thousands of years. However, it wasn’t until the 21st century that people started realizing its importance. Most of the alternative therapies are based on the principle that the human body has innate healing power to cure itself. Our bodies are not only sophisticated functioning beings but also have incredible healing properties. One such therapy that believes in the power of self-healing is acupressure.

This 2,000-year-old alternative therapy comes from ancient China and is based on the science that the body has few pressure points that activate its healing centres. Acupuncture also uses the same science as acupressure and uses needles instead of hand pressure to activate the healing centres. Hence, acupressure is often called acupuncture without needles. 

The Science behind this Chinese Therapy

According to Chinese medical theory, our body has some special points or acupoints that are placed along the channels and meridians. These meridians have vital energy flow and are also known as a life force. There are 12 such meridians starting from our fingertips and connect other organs. When these meridians are imbalanced or blocked out, diseases and other disorders start manifesting in the body. Hence, acupressure helps to open these meridians or channels and brings the energy flow to normalcy. 

In spiritual terms, this therapy helps to oppose the negative or blocking energy called Yin in Chinese and helps to release positive energy called Yang in Chinese. In India, the spiritual term for this energy is Prana which translates into life force. 

Uses of acupressure

Though modern researchers are discovering several ways in which acupressure can help us in curing diseases below are the most common uses of acupressure: 

  1. Reduce PMS symptoms– Women going through PMS experience mood and physical changes or distortion. By fixing the energy flow within the body with acupressure, one can overcome PMS effects on the body.
  2. Calming Nausea- Research shows that nausea and vomiting can be brought under control with acupressure therapies. However, in extreme cases of food poisoning where the viral or bacterial infection has severed only acupressure might not work. However, vomiting induced due to chemotherapy has been known to be cured by acupressure.
  3. Insomnia- This disorder is the one where acupressure has been the most effective. The ancient Chinese therapy is said to treat sleeping disorders and has noticeably helped people to inculcate a sleep routine.
  4. Inducing labour- Certain pressure points in the body are known for releasing energy that prepares the body for labour. Acupressure has been known to prepare the cervix for delivery during labour without the help of any unnatural means.

How is the typical session?

Acupressure therapy is usually administered by the acupuncturist. The pressure slightly goes on increasing for 30 seconds and then held steadily for another 30 seconds to 2 minutes. After that, the pressure is released very slowly for another 30 seconds. Even if the pressure increases acupressure should never be painful. If you feel pain, let your therapist know immediately.

This ancient therapy can also be self-administered. However, it is always recommended to practice it on yourself only if you have been trained under expert guidance. Also, do not practice acupressure on swollen areas.  

The 21st-century world is hit with a wave of several modern-day disorders such as insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Alternative therapies have been incredibly effective in treating these diseases. Acupressure is definitely one of the most widely known therapies in the world of alternative healing and is also one of the most practiced ones. You can get in touch with acupressure therapist on our platform and venture out on the path of healing. 

Komal Patil is a business management graduate finding purpose through words, writing stories and poems.

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