If you are suffering from a headache or sinus, why not try acupressure before you reach for medication? Acupressure offers a drugless alternative to most of the common ailments we face these days. From headaches to the symptoms of flu, acupressure can offer fast acting relief for common complaints without having to spend money and precious time at a doctor’s office. The Acupressure Academy – Be Healthy with Chinese Massage Points course contains over ninety lectures that will teach you how to relieve back pain, headaches and allergies using your fingers. It contains information on how to treat various women’s diseases and how to improve your sex life. It teach you the acupressure points for a number of common diseases and the course will show you where to get the best acupressure apps for your smartphone and tablet.
The History and Roots of Acupressure
Acupressure has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. It uses the meridian system of the body to enhance the flow of chi or qi energy, or to remove blockages within the body’s energy system. Chi energy is normally referred to as life force energy and according to Chinese medicine, the body relied on a constant flow of this energy to ensure health and well-being. Chi enters the body through the meridians or chakra points and feeds the body and a blockage in the flow of this energy manifests as pain or disease.
Acupuncture points coincide with many of the acupressure points because both forms of Chinese medicine are based on the body’s meridian system. For an indication of the acupuncture points and a full explanation of the various meridians applicable in the body, you can read: Acupuncture Chart: Human Energy and the Physical Body United.
The Acupressure Academy – Healthy With Massage Points – Part II course builds on the Be Healthy with Chinese Massage points course mentioned above. It contains further lessons on how to relieve anxiety, migraine headaches as well as information on how to use acupressure for relaxation and beauty. It also includes information on various childhood diseases, how to treat irregular periods and how to deal with menopause using acupressure. The course also includes information on how to apply acupressure points to help break addictions like smoking.
The Benefits of Acupressure
Acupressure can be used for a variety of different conditions. Although not widely accepted by Western medicine, the existence of energy points throughout the body is slowly being proved by science. According to WebMD, several studies show that acupressure has been effective in the prevention and treatment of nausea. There are also several studies which indicate that acupressure has helped to relieve the pain associated with arthritis.
Acupressure massage and points can be used to help to relieve the following:
· Headaches and migraine
· Local pain including pain in the jaw, foot, ankle, knee, hip, hand, wrist, shoulder, neck, ear and back
· Relieve the symptoms of flu, allergy, sore throat and sinusitis
· Relieve the symptoms of abdominal discomfort including constipation, diarrhea, heartburn and stomach aches
· Improve weight loss, nose bleeding, PMS and painful periods
The above list is not an exhaustive list of the benefits of acupressure. In fact, it is widely believed that acupressure is also extremely beneficial for the treatment of emotional trauma and pain. Stress is fast becoming recognized as an underlying cause of many of the lifestyle diseases we are faced with today and acupressure can be applied to help relieve stress. Releasing energy blockages can help to release negative feelings which in turn can help us to improve our overall health and wellbeing.
How Acupressure is Applied
There are a number of various techniques that are used to apply acupressure to the different acupressure points. Some of these techniques depend on whether you are treating yourself or whether you are attending or offering acupressure therapy. Different forms of acupressure also apply different massage and therapy techniques. Shiatsu, which is the Japanese form of acupressure for example, relies on vigorous, deep pressure being applied to the acupressure points. Reiki can be combined with acupressure and would then make use of a very light touch whilst tapping into the Reiki healing energies.
For application to self, generally the fingers are used to stimulate the acupressure trigger points. The strength and rhythm of the massage will depend on your personal preferences and pain thresholds. The acupressure points for most people are more sensitive than other areas of the body.
Acupressure therapists may rely on their hands, arms, legs and feet for therapy purposes. Once again the style and intensity of the massage will depend on the form of acupressure being practiced.
The Acupressure Academy – Healthy with Massage Points – Part III builds on the above two courses and includes lessons on how to relieve asthma, depression and flu. This course also includes the acupressure points that will help to improve memory and general health and well-being.
Try Acupressure Today
Acupressure is a non-invasive, free alternative to the medications we take so often during our lives. Doctors and medication are an important part of modern life, but more and more people are recognizing that our dependence on modern medications for simple aches and pains is reaching unhealthy levels. Acupressure offers a simple, quick and healthier alternative to popping a headache tablet or an allergy medication. Acupressure also offers potential treatment in situations where medications may not be readily accessible. Once you’ve begun to realize the benefits of acupressure, you’ll be glad you invested time in learning this healing art. You may even be tempted to learn to practice as a therapist.
The Acupressure and Meridian Massage Techniques (CEU) course offers comprehensive training to those who wish to learn to offer acupressure on a professional basis. The course includes information on the location of all of the acupressure points and the location and function of the meridians. It includes techniques you can use to relieve muscle tension, stress and acute pain. It teaches students various static pressure techniques.