Acupressure is an ancient technique used in traditional Chinese medicine, combining manual pressure to specific acupressure points with energy healing. The main objective of this ancient practice, like most Chinese medicine treatments, is to boost the movement of the “qi” (chi) or life energy to allow it to flow freely through the 14 meridians or energy channels of your body. The principle of Chinese medicine believes that your body’s qi should be in regular diurnal movement to maintain your overall health. Acupressure applies manual pressure to the acupressure points in your body to help address the possible blockages as well as the hyperactivity of energy at that point to keep your qi flowing steadily.
The effects of acupressure, regulating your energy channels and fields, include not only diminishing pain and other physical ailments, but also addressing your emotions, mind, and spirit. Studies have shown that anatomically the acupressure points correspond to areas of rich neurovascular networks. The pressure being applied to your body’s pressure points leads to the release of endorphins, the natural pain-relieving chemicals released by your body. This directly impacts your autonomic nervous system. This system controls and manages all involuntary actions that your body does, like breathing, digestion, and heart pumping. According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, your body is composed of invisible trails of energy known as meridians. Along these energy meridians are superficially located acupressure points that connect the superficial energy pathways to the organs. If your qi is obstructed along any meridian, it won’t be able to flow, causing physical and mental health conditions. Alternatively, there are conditions that cause excessive flow requiring the energy to be dissipated for the energy flow to normalize.
These perturbations in the energy flow are resolved during an acupressure session, restoring the normal energy flow. Your symptoms help determine the pressure points. Nonetheless, due to the complexities of how meridians travel within your body, the pressure points that will be subjected to acupressure are not the same as the region where you are experiencing pain.
In our office, we use a program approach consisting of a series of acupressure sessions with instruction on daily self-acupressure for in-between sessions coupled with moving meditations such as Qi Gong to enhance the movement of qi through the body.
Before the session starts, you will have to share your indicators so they can apply the appropriate pressure points on a symptom sheet. It is important that you do not eat 30 minutes before or exercise 1 hour before the treatment. Wear loose-fitting comfortable clothing and stay warm before, during, and after the treatment. Good hydration is also a must.
You will be asked to sit or lie down on the massage table during the acupressure session with the option of an acupressure mat. Dr Delzell will then use her hands, fingers and palms, elbows, to dissipate or hold your meridian acupressure points. Usually, the points are held for 1-3 minutes. It is best for you to breathe deeply into the points that are being manipulated. Acupressure is very relaxing for most people and many people will fall asleep during the treatment once their pain dissipates. Several acupressure sessions are recommended for the best results.
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