– “Let my hands help you maintain your health!”
What is Acupressure?
Similar to reflexology, acupressure with a Shiatsu approach is a natural healing art in which special techniques of pressure are applied to key points throughout the body. These key points, located along the Chinese meridians (and the same ones used in acupuncture) are connected and rooted in zone therapy. When pressure is applied to one area, you may also experience a sensation in a different area of your body, as energy (Qi) travels along the zones or meridians in your body. By regularly accessing these key points, it is thought that toxins or blockages and stress or tension will be released, as your energy is realigned and the flow of energy (Qi) improves. Thus, the aim of acupressure is to help you balance and revitalize your body system as it stimulates the body’s self-healing ability.
The Chinese were one of the first people to use acupressure to relieve pain more than 5000 years ago. Further along in the acupressure timeline, in the early 1900’s, Shiatsu Therapy was founded in Japan by Tokujiro Namikoshi Sensei, at age seven while he was trying to help his mom who had rheumatoid arthritis. He learned that he was able to relieve his mom’s pain when he applied pressure in specific areas of the body. He went on to develop this unique hands-on therapy called Shiatsu which translates as “finger pressure”. In the U.S. he teamed up with Dr. B.J. Palmer, founder of Chiropractic for seven years to study and compare both Shiatsu and Chiropractic before returning to Tokyo where he established his own school of Shiatsu.
What are the Benefits of Acupressure?
A systematic review of fifteen studies revealed that “Acupressure has been shown to be effective for relieving a variety of pains in different populations.” (See https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23415783).
Thus, by accessing key points throughout the body with gentle but firm pressure along with some stretching, acupressure triggers self-healing in the body. Acupressure is not only known to benefit physical ailments, but also emotional ones, as it releases the tension of repressed emotions.
Some physical benefits of acupressure have included the relief of:
- Muscular tension
- Sinus problems
Because it helps with relaxation, it can also help with releasing repressed emotions as well as managing stress and anxiety. Because it works to increase circulation which helps to remove a variety of blockages, it is ideal to use as part of an overall health maintenance plan. When used regularly, it can help prevent ailments from developing into chronic disease, boost immunity, and balance the systems of the body.