Acupressure: Simple Self Care Secret
Submitted by natasha on Fri, 2011-10-14 15:19
Why do we naturally reach to massage certain places in our body? And why do we feel so good after a massage? It somehow magically lifts spirits and gives the body a sense of freedom like a tremendous weight has been lifted off our shoulders.
Why? It's because tension tends to concentrate around acupressure points and we want to massage them because the pressure from our fingers will break up the tension and allow the muscle fibers to relax.
You see, when a muscle is chronically tense, the muscle fibers contract from the lactic acid caused by fatigue, trauma, strenuous exercise, chemical imbalances, and poor circulation.
How Acupressure Works
As a point is pressed, blood flows freely and the toxins that have built up from stress and tension are released. As blood flows more freely, we increase circulation, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to every cell in our body! The benefits are numerous - from improving our immune system to feeling more energized and pain free.
Stimulating these points also triggers release of endorphins, which are the hormones that relieve pain and give us that natural happy high. These points are also where vital energy gets blocked and the increased blood flow in these areas are also know to remove these energy blocks. These energy blockages whether from stress or trauma can be traced to the most health problems. What is emotionally happening in your body will eventually show up in some kind of physical way.
Acupressure’s Healing Touch
Acupressure works directly with the body to relieve both physical and emotional ailments.
The best part is that is simple and safe to do by yourself. Self-care applications have helped conditions such as chronic fatigue, sleep disorders, fibromyalgia, chronic muscular pain, mental stress, addiction recovery, learning disorders, trauma, emotional imbalances and more. Instead of the harmful side-effects of drugs or stimulants, acupressure helps the body heal and regulate itself from the inside out.
There are also plenty of therapeutic tools such a trigger point massagers or even better, with acupressure mats, you simply need to lie on the mat and let it do it’s magic!