|Origin and Concept|
|The body and all matter is made up of electro-magnetic forces. It was ironically western scientists who ingeniously verified the existence of electro-magnetism which provided a logical explanation for the positive results from acupuncture and acupressure therapy.It has a rapport with the energy of the body and can travel through the body like other forms of electricity, sound, and waveforms of energy. When needles or pressure are used, they act as antennae that conduct the electro-magnetic energy from the air into the body. Acupressure massage can be very effective both as prevention and as a treatment for many health conditions. Acupressure techniques have been used to provide quick, cost-free, and effective relief from many symptoms.|
|History of Acupressure|
|Chinese medicine has developed acupuncture, acupressure, herbal remedies, diet, exercise, lifestyle changes, and other remedies as part of its healing methods. Nearly all of the forms of Oriental medicine that are used in the West today, including acupuncture, acupressure, shiatsu, and Chinese herbal medicine, have their roots in Chinese medicine. Acupressure is the non-invasive form of acupuncture. The goal with Acupressure is to learn the points that will produce the Healing Response for the conditions we want to fix.|
|Meridian is a word borrowed from geography indicating a thin line joining a series of ordered points. There are 12 main meridians, one assigned to each of the five organs, the six bowels, and the pericardium or heart constrictor. Qi flows through channels located near the surface of the body. Another name for channels is meridians, or meridian points. There are 12 channels linked to specific organs, such as the liver, heart, and kidneys. Acupoints, or pressure points are located on the channels (meridians). When precise pressure is exerted onto an acupoint, the gate is opened and qi flows through.
|Acupressure and pregnancy|
|Acupressure is a holistic system that builds on what the body is already doing right. In this way, the use of acupressure can be remarkably beneficial during pregnancy. Acupressure helps to ease morning sickness, gives drug-free back pain relief and may be used to induce labor of a full-time pregnancy. The potential for this kind of response, it is important that you know a thing or two about what you are doing, and not attempt certain acupressure techniques until after your due date so as not to trigger labor prematurely.|
|Cure through acupressure|
|In our modern lifestyle lack of sufficient muscular activities gives rise to various physical problems. Unbalanced food and abuse of natural routine of the body add to the problems. Acupressure has beneficial effects in curing many diseases. These diseases may include metabolic disorders, body deformity, inflammation of body tissues, digestion related problems, and heart related problems and problems with nervous system, to name a few.|
|Techniques and methods|
|Various techniques applied in an acupressure treatment include pressing, rubbing, gentle stretching, and rolling, chafing, kneading, wiping and grasping, as well as corrective exercises. Varying levels of pressure are used, most often starting by applying light pressure and gradually working deeper. The practitioner may focus more energy or pressure on a specific point or series of points, depending on the individual`s chief complaint, or the entire course of a meridian may be addressed.
|Acupressure therapy is performed on the same acupuncture points that are used to stimulate the flow of qi and xue . After repeated acupressure sessions using different degrees of pressure, you will begin to feel a pulse at the point. This pulsation is a good sign - it means that circulation has increased. Pay attention to the type of pulse you feel. If it`s very faint or throbbing, hold the point longer until the pulse balances.|
|Acupuncture is based on the theory that there is an invisible force or energy in nature that the Chinese call qi. In a manner similar to blood circulation, qi flows to each cell via a complex network of pathways usually called `channels` or`meridians`. If qi gets stuck, it causes an imbalance as upstream cells are flooded with too much qi and downstream cells receive too little. Acupuncture points are those spots where qi has the greatest tendency to get stuck; hence stimulating them with needles (acupuncture) or finger pressure (acupressure) helps free stuck qi and restore normal circulation. Once normal qi circulation is restored, the cells eventually return to their normal, healthy state.|