Acupressure (also called acupressure) is a therapy derived from traditional Chinese medicine which consists of working on the body using finger pressure. This technique is based on the concept of “chi”: the energy that circulates in the body along lines called meridians. It is possible to access these lines by pressing on specific points of the body to control the energy which circulates there  X Source of research .
Understand what acupressure is
What is acupressure? It is a 5,000 year old Asian therapy that involves working a person’s body by placing the fingers on it on specific points which then need to be pressed. These points are called pressure points.
It would seem that the pressure points are located along lines called meridians. Stimulation of these areas would relieve tension and promote blood circulation.
Some people believe that acupressure and other Asian bodywork therapies help to correct imbalances and blockages that prevent the proper flow of body energy.
What is acupressure used for? It can be used to relieve a variety of symptoms especially headache, neck or back pain. This technique can also help relieve nausea, vomiting, stress (mental or physical), promote weight loss and even cure addictions. Acupressure would deeply relax people who practice it and reduce muscle tension.
Many doctors, practitioners, and people who advocate holistic healing methods believe that acupressure has positive effects on the body and promotes healing. There is a Center for Eastern and Western Medicine located at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) that studies the scientific basis of acupressure. Its researchers attempt to provide explanations of how acupressure works and its possible practical applications.
A person wishing to qualify as a professional must study rigorously in a school specializing in acupuncture and acupressure. She can also follow a program to learn different massage techniques. These programs include the study of Chinese medicine theory, human anatomy and physiology, acupressure points and meridians as well as mastery of the techniques and protocols to follow to give this kind of care. The qualification may require up to 500 hours of training.
Make time for acupressure. If you want to use this technique, it is important that you repeat the same steps over several sessions, as its effects on the body are cumulative. You help rebalance your body each time you manipulate the pressure points.
Some people will get immediate results while others will need several sessions before feeling the effects. Although relief may be instantaneous, the pain may return. This process is normal. Acupressure does not heal immediately. It is a technique that helps relieve pain by reducing blockages and restoring balance to the body.
You can use acupressure as often as you want: several times a day or even several times an hour. Regular manipulation of the pressure point will initiate healing and possibly relieve pain.
It is recommended to practice acupressure every day. If this is impossible for you, try to do at least two to three per week.
Using acupressure correctly
Apply the right level of pressure. The pressure to be exerted on the skin must be deep and firm to stimulate the points. The appropriate level of pressure depends on your overall health. Stimulating a point might be painful, but it should also give you some pleasure or relief. So you have to find the right balance between the two.
Some points will be tight while others will be painful when pressed. If the pain is unbearable or increases when you press a point, gradually reduce your grip to find a balance between pain and pleasure.
Acupressure is not used to increase your resistance to pain. Stop immediately if the pain bothers you or becomes unbearable.
Use the right pressure tools. Acupressure often uses the fingers to massage and stimulate pressure points. It is also possible to use the fist, the elbows, the knees, the legs and the feet.
The middle finger is the best finger on the hand to press a pressure point because it is the longest and strongest finger. Some people also use their thumb.
Use a tool with a round tip (not sharp) to properly handle the pressure points. The fingers can sometimes be too thick to stimulate certain pressure points. In this case, the ideal is to use an object 3 to 4 mm thick like an eraser. You can also use an avocado pit or a golf ball.
Certain pressure points can also be stimulated using a fingernail.
Press the area. This gesture reinforces it. For this, use an object with a round end. Do not massage the area. Maintain constant pressure on the point for a few moments.
The pressure angle is incorrect if you pull the skin. Your goal is to exert pressure on the exact point.
Check that you are pressing the correct point. The acupressure points are very small. So you have to be very specific. Try other places if no effect is felt.
When you do acupressure, you need to look for painful pressure points. If you feel nothing when you stimulate a pressure point, it means that there is no blockage there. It is therefore not necessary to treat it.
Relaxing can accentuate the effects of acupressure.
Squeeze the point for an appropriate amount of time. Acupressure requires constant pressure of the points. Your body will start to react after just half a second of pressure. So it’s a good way to find the right pressure point when you start.
Press the point for 2 to 3 minutes minimum to fully benefit from acupressure.
If your hand gets tired, slowly release the pressure, shake it out, and take a deep breath. Then press the dot again.
Gradually release the pressure. Once you have maintained pressure on the point, release it gradually. It is important that you do not suddenly pull your fingers away from the pressure point. Slowly releasing the pressure would promote healing of the tissues, as it would give them the opportunity to react to the release of the pressure.
The majority of people who practice acupressure believe that the gradual application and release of pressure increases the effectiveness of the treatment.
Perform acupressure when your body is well disposed. You should do acupressure when you are relaxed, preferably in a private place. This technique can be performed in the sitting or lying position. Do everything you can to eliminate sources of distraction and stress. Turn off your cell phones and listen to soft music. Use aromatherapy or any other relaxing technique.
Wear comfortable, loose clothing. Tight clothing (like tight pants, belts, and even shoes) can block circulation.
Never do acupressure right before or right after a big meal or on a full stomach. Wait at least one hour after eating to avoid feeling nauseous.
Do not consume iced drinks, as these can negate the positive effects of acupressure. Instead, drink hot herbal teas.
Wait at least half an hour after doing a lot of exercise or after taking a bath.
Locate common pressure points
Try the VB20 point of the gallbladder. This point also called “Feng Chi” is recommended for people with the following symptoms: headaches, migraines, blurred vision, fatigue, lack of energy, colds or flu. The VB20 point is in the nape of the neck.
Bring your hands together. Interlace your fingers and open your palms towards you so as to form a cupola. Your thumbs will be used to massage the pressure point.
To find the point, place your hands intertwined behind your head. Find the hollows at the bottom of your skull using your thumbs. Place them about 5 cm from the middle of your neck. The hollows are found under the skull, next to the neck muscles.
Squeeze the points with your thumbs, raising them slightly towards your eyes.
Use point VB21 of the gallbladder. This point also called “Jian Jing” is commonly used to treat pain, stiff necks, tense shoulders and headaches. VB21 is located in the shoulder.
Put your head forward. Find the bump at the start of your spine and the start of your collarbone (which is shaped like a ball). Point VB21 is halfway between these two places.
Use a finger to exert constant pressure on this point. You can also squeeze it between the thumb and index finger of your opposite hand. Massage this point counter-clockwise for 4-5 seconds while releasing your grip.
Be very careful if you use this point with a pregnant woman, as it is also used to induce labor.
Learn how to locate the GI4 point of the large intestine. This point also called “Hoku” is commonly used in the case of stress, facial pain, headaches, toothaches and pain in the neck. It is located on the hand between the thumb and the index finger.
Stimulate this region by exerting pressure on the webbed part of your hand located between the index finger and the thumb. Focus on the area meeting the middle of the hand between the first and second pasterns.
This point also promotes the onset of childbirth.
Use liver point F3. This point also called “Tai Chong” is recommended in the case of stress, pain in the lumbar region, high blood pressure, menstrual cramps, pain in the limbs, insomnia and anxiety . You’ll find it on the soft area of the foot between the big and second toe.
Find the point by counting two finger lengths up the top of the foot, where the big and second toe meet. Press firmly on this point using a blunt blunt object.
Take your shoes off before you start.
Try the master point of the heart or MC6 pericardium. This point is also called “Nei Guan”. It is recommended for the relief of nausea, stomach aches, motion sickness, carpal tunnel syndrome and headaches. It sits just above the wrist.
Position your hand with the palm open and the fingers pointing towards the ceiling. Place the first three fingers of your opposite hand on your wrist. Press down on your wrist with your thumb, which should be just below your index finger. You should feel two large tendons.
Press this point with the thumb and forefinger. Warning: use this technique on both wrists.
Learn how to use the E36 stomach stitch. E36 also called “Zu San Li” is commonly used in cases of gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, stress or exhaustion and to stimulate the immune system. It is located under the patella.
Place 4 fingers under your kneecap on the front of your leg. You should feel a hollow under your fingers. This is placed between the tibia and the muscle. The point is located outside the bone.
Press the point with your thumbnail or any other fingernail. If it is useful to you, you can get closer to the bone.
Use lung point P7. This point also called “Lieque” can treat headaches and pain in the neck, sore throat and toothache, asthma, cough and improve the health of the immune system in general. It is located on the arm.
Clench your fist and raise your thumb as if to give someone the OK sign. Find the hollow at the bottom of your thumb where the two tendons are. The pressure point is about a thumb’s width further down the side of your arm where you can feel a bone sticking out.
Squeeze the point using your thumbnail or index finger.