Would you rather pop a pill for that niggling backache or use an alternative form of medicine to help relieve the pain? Well, most people would opt for the latter. One of the most commonly used alternative forms of medicine is acupressure. A form of treatment that came into being over 5,000 years ago acupressure has found many takers off late. the best part about this form of treatment is that it is completely non invasive — that means no needles, surgeries, medication or toxic after effects. Sounds interesting doesn’t it? Well, acupressure is based on the concept of life energy that flows through the meridians in our body and is practiced by applying pressure on certain points on the body using the finger tips. Practitioners believe that applying this kind of pressure helps strengthen our body’s self-healing abilities thereby healing illnesses. Developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago, acupressure prescribes certain points placed all over our body which correspond to particular body organs or parts.
Acupressure is helpful in treating conditions like nausea, back pain, vomiting, headaches, the back pain one would experience during child birth, fighting emotional stress and mental trauma. The treatment is thought to be so effective that it also helps improve ones sex life and can be used to beat wrinkles and the signs of ageing in people.
The best part about this practice is that once one learns about the location of the pressure points and the correct method to apply pressure, it can be practiced without the assistance of a professional practitioner. making this treatment absolutely free and effective. But there is isn’t simply one type of acupressure — according to practitioners there are 4 main types of acupressure that apply pressure to the same points but vary in the amount of force or frequency with which the points are pressed. The types include Jin Shin massage, Thai massage, Zen Shiatsu and self-massage.
So, if you are planning to try acupressure, here are 10 facts about the practice.