What is Acupressure?
According to ancient Chinese tradition, all people possess a life energy called chi, which flows through the body along pathways called meridians. Acupressure is the application of pressure, usually with the thumbs or fingers, to a specific point (called acupoints) along the meridians in order to release blocked energy. When pressure is applied, vital energy can be manipulated and balanced. Once energy releases, it can flow more freely and help the body to heal itself an internal harmony is restored. The free flow of chi is necessary for health and balance. Chi can become blocked when you experience illness, injury or emotional stress, or have poor nutrition or poor posture. People who practice acupressure believe that each one of the approximately 350 acupressure points conducts energy. Application of pressure to the acupoints, each or which corresponds to particular ailments, can unblock “stalled” energy and relieve pain, improve circulation, or provide many other healing benefits. .. …
Treat yourself with Acupressure
Many women with PMS treat themselves or have a friend treat them with acupressure to relieve, bloating, cramps, headaches and other symptoms. You can treat your self once you become familiar with your energy points. First, however you may want to experience and learn firsthand where the points are and how a treatment works. Choose a quiet, comfortable location for the acupressure. Use your fingertips to apply pressure to the energy is blocked at that site. The tenderness should subside as you continue to apply pressure. Press on, or massage each acupoint for 1 to 3 minutes. Keep your breathing slow and relaxed. Do self-acupressure several times, or as needed. The feeling as you press on each acupoint should be between pleasure and pain. Some women feel a slight pulsing at the treatment sites, but do not be discouraged if you do not. It takes time for you to become sensitive to your body. Relief may not occur instantly. When you stimulate the body’s natural tendency to heal, it can take time to respond, say 20 to 30 minutes.
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