Give yourself a treat. Indulge yourself in Acupressure and experience the benefits of traditional Acupuncture without the needles. Our practitioners here at Janice Light Touch Therapy have the expertise and long experience in providing outstanding service to residents here in the Dallas Fort Worth Texas area.
What is Acupressure?
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing that is very similar to acupuncture. However, unlike acupuncture that uses needles, acupressure utilizes hands, fingers or even the elbow in applying pressure.
The pressure is commonly applied to trigger spots or key healing points in the body, which stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal itself. In addition, it helps in increasing circulation, boosting the immune system, relieving stress and other stress-related illnesses, reducing pain, and improving health in general.
Theory Behind Acupressure
Acupressure is an ancient practice and traces its roots to traditional Chinese medicine. The theory behind it is that there are around 500 special points, referred to as acupoints or acupressure points, throughout the body. Some of them are even believed to correspond to specific organs or network of organs. These acupoints lie along meridians starting from the fingertips to the brain and then to the specific organs.
Acupoints are the same points acupuncture targets. Practitioners believe that invisible vital energy, called qi (chi), flows through these channels. As such, they believe that by inserting needle (acupuncture) or by applying pressure (acupressure), the blockages in the channels will be removed. This in turn will result in a better and stronger flow of qi. For thousands of years, acupressure is performed to treat disease and promote relaxation and wellness.
How Acupressure is done?
Acupressure is performed by using the fingers, palms, knuckles, elbows or feet to apply pressure to a specific acupoint. In some cases, it may also involve other methods such as acupressure massage and stretching.
During the session, the patient often lies fully clothed on the massage table. A gentle yet firm pressure is applied to an acupoint. This pressure usually increases and stays stable for 30 seconds to 2 minutes. It will decrease gradually for half a minute. This process is repeated up to 5 times.
Reasons to Get Acupressure
There are a number of reasons why people get acupressure. The following are some of the most common ailments.
• Nausea and Vomiting during pregnancy/ morning sickness
• Muscle tension and pain
• Nausea after surgery or chemotherapy
• Motion sickness
• Cancer-related fatigue
Benefits of Acupressure
Acupressure can be used to treat a number of health and emotional concerns. The following are just some.
Health and Wellness: The use of acupressure is found effective in balancing body energy, relieving stress and pain, and maintaining good health. In addition, it allows deep relaxation, relieves muscular tension and increases circulation. As a result, it boosts resistance to illness and enhances wellness.
Back Care: It is believed to be highly effective in relieving tensions in the back muscles caused by the tightness in the lower back and hips. In addition, it is considered a good supplementary therapy to chiropractic treatment.
Beauty Treatment: There are acupoints that are specifically related with beauty. Facial Beauty and Heavenly Appearance acupoints, when stimulated, can improve the tone of muscles and connective tissues on the face and improve skin condition lessening the appearance of facial wrinkles. It is believed that the flow of qi in these areas will improve the patient’s feelings and appearance.
Healing Emotional Pain & Trauma: Emotional pain and trauma may cause stress to the body leading to muscle contraction or tightness. These muscular strains may continue for years if left untreated. Acupressure is found effective in treating not only muscular tensions and physical ailments but also emotional stress associated to them.
Treating addictions: There are some acupoints in the body that are specifically for reducing cravings, regaining stability, boosting will power, heightening morale, self confidence, and self-esteem. All these are vital in treating addictions.