A Self-Healing Approach Using Accupressure
It’s not uncommon for people to be hesitant when it comes to acupuncture simply because needles are used in this ancient healing practice. Acupressure circumvents this by applying pressure, as opposed to needles, to acupuncture points. This is definitely a win-win!
Acupressure points are the same as acupuncture points and so you should be able to enjoy comparable results. During acupressure treatment, these critical points on your body are manipulated in order to ease both emotional and physical conditions in order to promote good health, wellness and relaxation. It is used to treat just about everything, from arthritis and depression to providing allergy relief.
As an example, to have some allergy relief, one of the several points you can apply pressure to is on the outside of the leg. Go four finger widths just below the kneecap. This not only helps with allergies it will strengthen the entire body.
Another very effective point is in the webbing between your index finger and your thumb. This point is on the outside of the hand. Find the spot that is the high point of the muscle when the index finger and thumb are brought close together. This point helps with allergies which come in the form of sneezing, itching, hay fever and headaches. I have also seen it work on headaches very effectively. Please Note this point should NOT TO BE USED IF YOU ARE PREGNANT, as it could cause contractions,
Acupressure has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. According to ancient Chinese wisdom, invisible channels of energy, also called energy meridians, exist in your body. There are twelve of them in total, connecting all the various elements of your body.
The vital energy force (also known as ‘chi’) flows through your meridians, from your fingertips to your brain, and then to your organs. Acupressure focuses on specific points that lie along these meridians, helping to restore balance to your body. If any point on these meridians is blocked or unbalanced, it can cause illness. Thus, acupressure relieves illness and promotes well-being by addressing the flow of energy through all these pressure points.
However, this does not mean that you have to buy into the Chinese belief system in order to find relief through acupressure. There are many Western practitioners who completely eschew the existence of energetic meridians altogether. However, they do still uphold the benefits of acupressure.
Instead of referring to ‘chi’ and so forth, many doctors account for the positive results in terms of improved circulation, relieve muscle tension, and an increase in the production of endorphins. Although this viewpoint focuses on the relief of physical complaints, many contest that this practice also heals the mind, emotions and spirit. So whatever might be ailing you, be it mind or body, give accupressure a try in order to provide some soothing relief.
- Start gently at first
- Start with one level of pressure and increase to four different levels
- When you reach the level that is intense but not extremely painful move your fingers in a circular motion
You can either reinforce or reduce acupressure points. Either way, you can repeat the method as often as necessary to provide relief. (You could even try to persuade someone else to do the massaging for you!)
Reinforcing a point increases the energy in the areas of your body and mind associated with that particular point. Reinforcing a point involves the application of pressure. You can apply pressure with your fingers, palms, elbows, and even your feet. Professional acupressure practitioners sometimes use specialist devices to apply pressure. They may even incorporate stretching or acupressure massage into their treatments.
However, if you are experiencing pressure, pain or heat at a certain point, this indicates an energy block at that point. The removal of an energy blockage is referred to as reducing the point. Reducing a point simply involves moving your finger, palm, etc in continuous counterclockwise circles over the point.
If this sounds much easier and more acceptable than acupuncture, then you’re right. At least, this is definitely the case when it comes to administering it to yourself. When attempting self healing along these sorts of lines, you should focus your efforts on acupressure and leave acupuncture to the professionals.
Firstly, it can be very difficult to reach certain areas of your body in order to insert acupuncture needles.
Secondly, even if you are a closet contortionist, there is the problem of inflicting harm to yourself.
Administering acupuncture to yourself can result in damage to your tissues, nerves, blood vessels, tendons and bones.
Lastly, it is quite likely that you might feel nervous or even scared when attempting this. These emotions may damage your first chakra during the process, resulting in counterproductive effects.
Clearly, it is much easier and also much safer to administer acupressure to yourself that it is to attempt acupuncture.
There are, however, a few caveats
- Acupressure should not be applied near a cancerous tumor, or if cancer has spread to your bones.
- Several conditions could be worsened by manipulation of these pressure points, such as varicose veins, rheumatoid arthritis, bone diseases, and spinal injuries.
- If you are pregnant you should avoid acupressure as the manipulation of certain points can stimulate contractions. And that’s not exactly the relaxation and relief you would be looking for!
If you are suffering from any other kind of emotional or physical complaint, then try acupressure as an easy, affordable and convenient source of relief.
There are a few ideas I will leave you with. Acupressure can be very healing and powerful. You might consider going to a professional for a treatment and experience what that is like. You can also ask questions and ask about different techniques for ‘home treatment.’
Allowing a professional to do this gives you a true state of relaxation and the ability to really be able to receive the treatment.
Another option is to google charts and instructions on where the points are for different ailments. You can also google, for example, ‘acupressure treatment for headaches.’ When I did that it came up with 615,000 results. These included youtube videos, important points and how to apply pressure.
There is a plethora of information on this subject that can educate and train you on how to support yours self-healing.
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Author: Esateys Stuchiner
Esateys (pronounced Ee sáh teez) is an International Life Transformational Speaker, Author, Master Facilitator, Life Coach and Expert in the Human condition. She is a Nationally and Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. For over 30 years, she has practiced, taught and lectured extensively in the allopathic and alternative medicine field.
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