Eastern therapies such as Thai massage, Shiatsu and Acupunture are becoming increasingly popular in the West.
The underlying philosophy behind these modalities is that ill health results from an imbalance of Qi (energy) in the body. There are specific points running along lines of energy in the body (meridian lines) where this energy can be accessed to bring about a positive effect. These are the acupressure points.
Research has shown positive results for numerous common conditions such as headaches, low back pain, neck pain, labour pain, nausea and insomnia.
Incoporating acupressure points into massage and reflexology treatments can help bring about results. This is done by using thumbs to hold pressure on the point for around 5-10 seconds, repeating two or three times.
It is important to note that many acupressure points including ones mentioned below are to be avoided during pregnancy.
- Headaches / Neck & Shoulder Pain
Acupressure point Liver 2 and 3 on the top of the foot can help relieve headaches and Gall bladder 21 point at the top of the shoulders can relieve neck pain, shoulder pain and headaches.
- Insomnia, Anxiety and Emotional Stress
Acupressure point Kidney 1 also known as the Solar plexus point in reflexology has a great calming effect and can help with insomnia and stress.
- Hormonal Imbalance /Infertility
Acupressure point Spleen 6 above the ankle on the medial side of the leg is used for hormonal imbalances and infertility.
- Low Back Pain
Acupressure points Bladder 31-32 found on lower back on the sacrum can be helpful for low back pain.
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