Acupressure is an very old curative art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self healing abilities. When these points are pressed they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of hands and feet. There is a massive amount of scientific data that tells why and how acupuncture is effective. But acupressure, the older of the two traditions was neglected after the Chinese developed more technological methods for stimulating points with needles and electricity. Acupressure continues to be the most effective method for self-treatment of tension-related ailments by using the power and sensitivity of the human hand.
How it work to relief tension
Acupressure points are places on the skin that are especially sensitive to bioelectrical impulses in the body and conduct those impulses readily. Traditionally, Asian cultures conceived of the points as junctures of special pathways that carried the human energy that the Chinese call chi or soul. Western scientists have also mapped out and proven the existence of this system of body points by using sensitive electrical devices. Stimulating these points with pressure, needles or heat triggers the endorphins is released that are the neuro chemicals that relieve pain. The pain is blocked and the flow of blood and oxygen to the affected area is increased. This causes the muscles to relax and promotes healing. Besides relieving pain, acupressure can help rebalance the body by dissolving tensions and stresses, which keep it from functioning smoothly and that inhibit the immune system. Acupressure enables the body to become accustomed of environmental changes and resist illness. Tension tends to concentrate around acupressure points. When a muscle is constantly in tension or in spasm, the muscle fibers contract due to the secretion of lactic acid caused by fatigue, trauma, stress, chemical imbalances or poor blood circulation.
As a point is pressed, the muscle tension yields to the finger pressure enabling the fibers to extend and relax, blood to flow freely and toxins to be released and eliminated. Increased circulation also brings more oxygen and other nutrients to affected areas. This increases the body’s resistance to sickness and promotes a longer, healthier and more vital life.