ACUPRESSURE

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Acupressure is based on the Chinese meridian theory. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, energy is believed to flow through the body along recognized meridians. A lack of wellness or imbalance is believed to occur when energy flow isn’t optimal or when the meridians are blocked.

Acupressure dates back 4,000 years to ancient Chinese medicine and predates acupuncture. Over the years, various cultures have developed their own unique style of acupressure.

Acupressure practitioners physically manipulate and apply direct pressure to stimulate certain acu-points along specific energy meridians to achieve either an increase or decrease of energy flow at that point. Massage techniques may also be used.

Acupressure is a whole-body treatment that can address multiple conditions. In addition to stimulating energy flow, acupressure may also stimulate local blood circulation and resolve what Western massage therapists call trigger points.

– Natural Health Practitioners of Canada

Acupressure is a safe and gentle alternative therapy used to relieve symptoms from many common disorders. Unlike some forms of Western medicine, this therapy does not involve the use of any invasive techniques. A skilled practitioner simply uses their thumbs and fingers (sometimes the elbow) to exert pressure to specific body points.

Acupressure is closely associated with other forms of Chinese Medicine, such as acupuncture and shiatsu. The philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine originated about the year 600 BC when Taoism was developed; beliefs that center on the human connection to nature. It is believed the changes in nature (e.g. weather) impact human lives mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Asian practitioners believe disease is caused by internal (emotional), external (weather), or other factors, including trauma or an unhealthy lifestyle. Many changes impact the body on a daily basis and affect the flow of qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy. Chinese medical theory sets forth to correct this balance and produce harmony within the body.

 – Spine Universe

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