Acupressure is a technique similar to Acupuncture – based on the idea of Qi energy flowing through “meridians” in the body. However, the treatment differs in that the pressure is applied to points on the body by hand or various devices instead of needles. Some of the body points are:
Arm and hand – help conditions that include headaches, nausea, breathing problems, sinus issues, stress, and anxiety to name a few.
Head and scalp points – include headaches, dizziness, runaway thinking (can’t shut your brain down) and insomnia.
Chest and abdomen points – include a range of conditions including fatigue, breathing problems, digestive issues, anxiety and other emotional disturbances.
Shoulder points – deal with shoulder pain.
Legs and feet – deal with digestive problems, stress and anxiety, insomnia, hot flashes, headaches, PMS and more.
There are a number of different devices to apply what is called nonspecific pressure by rubbing, rolling, and applying pressure on the body’s reflex zones. The most common is an energy roller which has bumps on it and is rolled back and forth on the body area needing the acupressure. The spine roller also has bumps but contains magnets to roll up and down the spine.
The pressure on a point increases for approximately 30 seconds, is held steadily for between 30 seconds to two minutes and then gradually decreases for 30 seconds. It can be repeated 3 to 5 times.