Acupressure is traditionally used in Chinese traditional medicine and targets certain pressure points called “acupoints.” The person performing the acupressure may use their fingers and hands to apply firm pressure to the acupoint. There should not be pain experienced during this technique, however it may feel like firm pressure and there may be a bit of tenderness associated with it.
How Does Acupressure Help?
These pressure points are located all over the body, and often correlate with other seemingly-unrelated areas of the body or issues that the person may be experiencing. For example, it is believed that this technique may help with regulation of bodily function, healing or riding the body of ailments or disease and relieving pain. Many people that choose this form of treatment would like alleviation of pain. An example of acupressure is the use of a pressure point called Hegu, located between the base of your thumb and first finger. Firm pressure to this point can help to alleviate pain and headaches. One can even perform this at home on one’s self as well – try it!
This technique is often applied to the feet as well as other parts of the body. Sometimes the entire treatment is performed only on the feet, with multiple acupoints being addressed. Acupressure can also be used in conjunction with other forms of massage therapy such as Swedish massage or deep tissue massage.
An advantage for the Massage Therapist is that the points are often easily accessible and although firm pressure is needed, it may be less taxing on one’s body to perform as well. An advantage for the client is that it is effective as well as good to use for someone who may not want a full body massage or would like to remain clothed for the session.
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