Why Acupressure massage?
Do you often feel pain in your neck due to prolonged hours of sitting in front of the computer? Are you experiencing frequent headache upon arising? Do you always feel irritable? Do you find yourself experiencing difficulty of concentrating lately? If you answered yes to any of these, then chances are you need an acupressure massage.
Problems such as fatigue, depression, sleeplessness, back pain, strain injury and migraines, can be helped with massages. Massage does heal our inner feelings. It is one of the most effective stress relievers available. Massage helps us feel invigorated it rejuvenates our senses. These are only few among the many benefits of massage.
Sue is working the Meridians and Acupressure points of the body in this massage.
THE TWELVE MAJOR MERIDIANS OF THE BODY
Meridians of the body affect every organ and physiological system inside of us. They are invisible to the human eye, yet without then we could not sustain life. In the same way that arteries carry blood, meridians carry energy, often referred to as chi, qi or prana. Meridians are our body’s “energy bloodstream”: they bring vitality and balance, remove energy blockages, stagnation’s and imbalances, adjust metabolism and determine the speed and form of cellular change. Their flow is as critical s the flow of blood; your life and health depend on both.
Meridians of the body affect all major systems including: Immune, nervous, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, skeletal, muscular and the lymphatic system. If a meridian’s energy is obstructed or unregulated, the system it feeds on is jeopardized, and disease results.
Following are “12 Major Meridians” in the body:
- Lung meridian
- Large intestine meridian
- Spleen meridian
- Stomach meridian
- Heart meridian
- Small Intestine meridian
- Bladder meridian
- Kidney meridian
- Pericardium (circulation) meridian
- Triple warmer meridian
- Liver meridian
- Gallbladder meridian
These major meridians of the body are responsible for nourishing their corresponding organ and the other organs around them, fuelling and feeding the with energy. Each meridian plays a specific and integral role in their organs health. Deficient meridian energy and excess meridian energy are both problematic and can cause damage to that meridian’s organ system.
There are certain places along the meridians where energy pools, making the chi, qi or prana more accessible there than elsewhere. These “energy hotspots” are more familiarly referred to as acupuncture points and at these specific points energy can be manipulated – either increasing or decreasing the flow.
When energy flowing through the meridians becomes blocked or stagnant, or, when too much energy is overwhelming a meridian these acupuncture points can be accessed to clear blockages and remove unwanted excess or stagnant energy. Often times acupuncture and acupressure techniques are used to relieve energetic imbalances in the meridians: the ancient Chinese practise of Qi Gong is often employed as well.
Acupuncture and acupressure both use the same meridians and points in their healing, the difference is that acupuncture uses needles while acupressure uses both soft and firm touches on the points to generate the flow of energy. Qi Gong is somewhat different. Similar to acupuncture and acupressure, Qi Gong is also a for of Traditional Chinese Medicine, however, Qi Gong uses breath work, gentle movement and meditation to cleanse and strengthen the meridians and the energy running through them.
All 3 techniques of cleansing and balancing the energy flow through the meridians are forms of preventative medicine. This does not mean acupuncture, acupressure and Qi Gong cannot be used as treatments, in fact this is quite the contrary. These traditional techniques used in Chinese Medicine to cure people suffering from all types of diseases and many westerners have begun turning to these treatments as well.
This is Eastern medicine. Medicine that has been around for years!