Achieving Wellness With Acupressure Massage
Acupressure massage has been around for more than 500 years, and it was originated from China. Acupressure massages are considered to be an ancient Chinese traditional way of healing the mind and body. It is said that this massage was discovered based on theories of qi (chi) which means “breath”. Metaphorically, it refers that every living thing carries a force or energetic flow within their bodies that may cause blockage. Therefore, manual pressures are used in these massages to help stimulate specific points known as acupoints on the body for pain relief and to ease tension temporarily.
Acupressure massages can be done by yourself especially on the reachable areas of the acupoints. There are over 400 acupoints (jingmai) and 12 meridians in your body. These meridians are known as the yin (negative) & yang (positive) energy. Some of the main acupoints which can be focused on are Joining The Valley (LI-4), Third Eye (GV 24.5), Commanding Middle (B 54), and Celestial Pillar (B 10).
Joining The Valley (LI-4) is located on the fleshy area between the thumb and index finger. The technique is to apply pressure and rub in circular motions for few minutes on each hand, this helps to soothe headaches, and migraines.
Third Eye (GV 24.5) is located on the middle of the forehead, in between your eyebrows and the bridge of your nose. Applying pressure in circular motions on this spot for a few minutes can help to reduce fatigue, eye strain, sinus pain and congestion.
Commanding Middle (B 54) is located at the centre back of your kneecaps. Applying pressure on this area will help relief soreness on knees, back, lower-back, hips, lumbar (sciatica) and arthritis.
Celestial Pillar (B 10) is located at the back of the neck, on either side of the cervical spine. These points focuses more towards mental ailments such as stress, anxiety, panic, and insomnia. It also reduces stiffness on neck, shoulder and upper-back.
The 12 Meridian points allows your body to function in a clock-like manner. This allows to counter the negative & positive energy throughout on a 24 hour cycle. At each timing stated in the above image, it means the energy that flows will either be at its highest peak or lowest peak. It is fascinating how our body works, and how these simple massages can allow us to relax and feel relief at an instant. It all starts with you on noticing how your body works in order to find the right treatment or therapy that suits you.