Acupressure is an alternative healing modality brought to focus by traditional Chinese medicine, and also promoted by Ayurveda.
Fans of the practice have reported targeted pain relief, reduced stress and anxiety, and a greater sense of calm and well-being. It’s also a term that is often confused with or assumed to be the same as acupuncture.
To clear the air, while acupuncture uses needles to puncture certain points of the body to relieve pain, acupressure adds pressure using the palm and elbow on the same points—no needles involved.
“Acupressure therapy stimulates the body’s circulatory, lymphatic and hormonal systems,”. It helps relieve stress and anxiety, improves sleep, relaxes your muscles and joints, regulates digestive issues, minimises headaches and migraines, and is also beneficial for back pains and menstrual cramps. Positive results from acupressure can be seen within one session or may need multiple, depending on the severity of your concern—it differs from case to case.
Acupressure is meant to work on your body when you find a block in its daily function, or certain bodily processes go off track. “Consider acupressure as an effective form of stimulation, used to help relax the muscle and to sustain improvement with minimum recurrence of symptoms. In the treatment, physical pressure is applied to specific points with the aim of clearing blockages. It helps to correct functional imbalances and restore the flow, thus returning the body to a more natural state of well-being.