The ancient art of using fingers to press the key points of body to heal is termed as Acupressure which stimulates the body’s self curative abilities. Acupressure was originated in Asia 5,000 years back. Acupressure therapy uses the sensitivity and power of hand to provide effective relief in stress- related ailments by applying pressure at the accurate points on body termed as nerve endings. These nerve ending are located on hands, feet, spine and ears. It is also ideal for self-treatment and helps in boosting immune system. Acupressure increases circulation, reduces pain, releases tension and develops spirituality and vibrant health.
Acupressure and Acupuncture use the same meridians and pressure points, but acupressure uses firm and gentle finger pressure whereas acupuncture employs needles. When these points are stimulated, they promote circulation of blood and release muscular tension and enhance life force energy to aid healing. Acupressure can be used to detoxifying the body for health, relieve pain, fortify the sexual system, beauty and tone facial muscles. The art of acupressure is based on theory of meridians, according to which we have 14 meridians that carries energy in whole body. If we have any organ related problem that means that there is an obstruction in the energy carrying the meridian which has slow down the normal functioning.
With the help of acupressure, the obstruction is dissolved and the energy flow becomes normal and the organ start functioning properly.
Some of the popular acupressure therapies are:
Shiatsu, a Japanese acupressure therapy based on the principle of stimulation of nerves. In Shiatsu Acupressure therapy, finger pressure is applied along the middle line of the body including back and abdomen. In this process, the imbalance points are identified by therapist from both hands and thereafter help in getting it back to balancing.
Su Jok originated in Korea. Su Jok means ‘Hand Foot’, one of the easiest acupressure therapies. Here acupoints are identifies corresponding to every organ on hands and feet’s and then these acupoints are stimulated using several mediums such as seeds, fingertips and elastic rings.
Atmena acupressure therapy is believed to be originated in India and China. In this therapy, whole body is stimulated but focus remains on acupoints on soles of the feet for healing and energy. The sole of foot represents head, neck, face and shoulder. The ball represents the lungs and heart and stimulation of heel shows effect on pelvis and the sciatic nerve.
Jin Shin acupressure therapy balances the energy of body by applying pressure to acupoints to release tension and increase circulation. It helps in restoring body’s vital life force, prevent health disorders and relieve pain. Jin Shin holds the spiritual root of imbalance by harmonizing body’s life force and release muscular tension. Jin Shin acupressure therapy holds two or more acupoints using both hands to apply pressure. Jin Shin therapy if of two types, first being the ancient and other is modern. Jin Shin Jyutsu is practised since years by light touch on acupoints and Jin Shin Do is the modern version with incorporation of touch and breathing in practice.
Reiki acupressure technique uses the palm of hand to channel life energy where light touch realigns energy within the body. Reiki uses the entire body to relieve stress and promote healing. Reiki is also known as ‘spiritual guided life force energy’ incorporating several aspects of other healing theories like aromatherapy and homeopathic medicine. Reiki Healing technique can be implemented on all 365 traditional acupressure points.
Location : Between the spine and the shoulder blades at the level of the heart. Benefits : This calming point balances the grief, emotions, anxiety and other emotional balances.
Vital Emotional Healing (B 38)
Location : On the ropy muscles located one-half inch out from the spine and one-half inch below the base of the skull. Benefits : Relieves depression, burnout, emotional distress and heaviness in the head.
Heavenly Pillar (B 10)
Location : Depending on the size of the head below the base of the skull, in the hollows between neck muscles, two to three inches apart. Benefits : Relieves headaches, depression, dizziness, irritability, stiff necks. Gates of Consciousness (GB 20)