Health & Wellness

How Acupressure Massage Works For You

You may already learn at school how many pieces of bones in the human body, but you will never learn how many acupoints are there in the human body. When I was performing a massage session on my client, he asked me this question. I believe this is a good question and let’s start with Acupressure massage therapy first.

What Is Acupressure Therapy?

Acupressure is the most popular alternative medicine techniques in China. Just like Acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe acupoints connects with 20 pathways, which conduct life energy. These pathways, we call them “meridians”, and life energy we called ‘chi’. According to the concept of life energy, applying physical pressure on these acupoints would flow out and clear blockages in these meridians. In my other post, Traditional Chinese Medicine: Cupping Therapy I talked deeper about the concept of Yin & Yang, I recommend you read it if you are interested.

How Does Acupressure Massage Work?

Acupressure practitioners use their fingers, palms, elbows or other special devices applying pressure to acupoints on the body’s meridians. During an acupressure massage session, acupressurists may also use stretching as one method to get the job done. Basically, acupressure is one of the most common-use and well-known Asian bodyworks. It restores health and balance to the body’s channels of energy and to regulate opposing forces of yin and yang. Furthermore, many people believe acupressure is not only treating the energy field, but it also helps to mind, emotions.

Get To Kow the Acupressure Pressure Points

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are more than hundreds of acupuncture points in the human body. it states that the human body has 52 odd, 309 even and 50 outer-meridian odd acupoints, they make the total of 720 pressure points in the human body. Among these acupoints, there are 108 key acupoints, of which 72 pressure points are generally good treating with massage techniques.

Acupressure works on appoints and pressure points to treat clients

In addition, with the development of acupuncture theory, a large number of new functional points have been discovered. For instance, the acupoints on the ear or hand. If including them all, it may have over 1000 acupoints in the human body.

What Are the Benefits of Acupressure?

People use this technique in many medical conditions. For example, it can use to relieve pain, reduce tension in muscles, improve circulation, relieve leg swelling and promote deep states of relaxation. Acupressurists, massage therapists or other bodyworkers use this alternative medicine technique often. In addition, self-massage is also popular nowadays. Individuals without much knowledge but follow instructions can treat or relieve some particular conditions, such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, neck and back pain as well as chronic fatigue or other diseases.

What Should I Expect From Acupressure Massage Session?

In common,  massage therapist or acupressurist administrates acupressure; on the other hand,  the client receiving the massage sitting or lying down on a massage table. Even though you can perform acupressure yourself, it is highly recommended to find a massage therapist to do it for you. Acupressurists and massage therapists should apply pressure on the meridians both gentle and firm. For example, a massage therapist may press on your acupoints gently, then increase the pressure slowly. Later on, hold steady for a short time, like 30 seconds, then decrease for pressure slowly. this performance repeats three to five times.

Here it’s a Youtube video clip you can learn how to self-massage

I wish you enjoy reading my post, and it is a little bit helpful. If you have any thoughts, please leave your comments below.

By Connie

Connie is the Lead Massage Therapist and General Manager at Wonderland Spa.

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