What is Acupressure?
Acupressure has been used in Traditional Eastern Medicine for over 2000 years. It is a wonderful complementary therapy that helps treat physical illness, aches and pains.
Acupressure is the simple method of sending messages to the body in order to stimulate its self-healing response. It can be used to correct physical and emotional imbalances as well as any functional abnormalities. Acupressure helps the body return to its natural state of health and wellbeing.
How to Apply Acupressure?
Basic Acupressure can be enjoyed at home as a self-care ritual. Applying deep, firm pressure to the point listed below will help to balance and relax the body.
Things to remember when using Acupressure:
– Stimulate each point for 2-5 seconds using firm pressure or gentle circular massage
– When massaging Acupressure points, relax, close your eyes and breathe deeply
A Common Acupressure Point For Pain Relief
Here is a popular acupressure point that can be used to reduce pain, inflammation and chronic stress levels.
– Name: Liver 3 (LV3)
This point is located between the big and second toe, on top of the foot. It is commonly used to treat chronic stress, back pain, high blood pressure, menstrual cramps, insomnia and anxiety.
Its exact location is on top of the foot about an inch inwards towards the leg from the point where the skin of your big and second toe meet.
Using deep, firm pressure, press or massage the area for 5 seconds on and off.
You can find another acupressure point in the same area by sliding your finger along the space between the first and second toe bones, towards the leg, until you feel a big dip (just before you reach the main bone in the foot).
Apply pressure here for 3 seconds, on and off.
Repeat as often as you like.
What is the difference between Acupressure and Acupuncture?
An acupoint can be stimulated with different methods. Acupuncture and acupressure are both methods used to stimulate acupoints. In comparison, acupuncture uses a hair-thin needle to stimulate an acupoints whereas acupressure uses a firm pressure to massage the acupoints.
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