Sunday, October 12, 2008

Healing with Acupressure

I started taking Acupressure about more than a year ago to release any skin tightness, to improve blood circulation, and to deeply relax my mind and body. I find it working very well by improving physical endurance and appearance. There is nothing supernatural or magical about acupressure. This is practiced with the use of only one human tool: the thumb, by applying pressure on the surface of the skin. Although, I don't have a complete understanding about how acupressure works, I want to dig a little deeper and learn more about it. I believe in acupressure and I know it stimulates your body to naturally heal itself.

Acupressure has been practiced as a healing art for at least 5,000 years. It is the third most popular method for treating pain and illness in the world. Some people believe that acupressure was originated in India and through its Buddhist monks and saints it spread to Middle East, Egypt, China, Japan and Korea. However the science of acupressure was practiced and developed in China.

Acupressure has been an effective method for self-treatment of tension-related ailments by using the power and sensitivity of the human hand. I think the advantage of acupressure's healing touch is that it is safe to do on yourself and others, even if you've never done it before. You just need to simply follow the instructions and pay attention to the cautions. There are no side effects from drugs, because there are no drugs. The only equipment needed are your own two hands. You can practice acupressure therapy any time, anywhere. There are also great advantages to using acupressure as a way to balance the body and maintain good health. The healing touch of acupressure reduces tension, increases circulation, and enables the body to relax deeply. By relieving stress, acupressure strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness. According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, the body has vital energy called "chi" or "qi" that flows along invisible lines of energy flow called meridians. There are thought to be at least 14 meridians connecting our organs with other parts of our body. Acupressure points lie on those meridians and if the flow of qi is blocked at any point on a meridian, it's thought to be the cause of ailments and lead to disease anywhere along the meridian. That's why a practitioner may apply pressure to an acupressure point in the foot to relieve a headache.

There is a natural source of healing power in everyone. When this healing power is activated, it triggers a series of intricate internal processes, which produces a Healing Response. Pain, injury or stimulation to your body alerts your body that help is needed. This is when the Healing Response begins by the unleashing of endorphins into your blood to help heal the affected area. The heart rate increases, blood pressure is altered and the delivery of endorphins and nutrients required for repair is accelerated. This speeds up the elimination of toxins from the damaged area, which also promotes healing.

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