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Acupressure is a relaxation technique very similar to acupuncture that focuses on the hands, feet, and ears.
Although both acupuncture and acupressure are techniques of traditional Chinese medicine and both consider that there is a flow of energy through our body that can become blocked and that causes pain and discomfort, their procedure and modes of application are different.
While the first uses its technique through the needles, the second does so by using the hands, which exert pressure on the affected parts. In other words, acupressure consists of applying pressure to certain points on the body such as the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, and the ears, using the fingers or other tools.
Another important difference is that acupuncture can only be practiced by a professional due to the importance of proper health control, while acupressure can be learned and performed in a basic way by the user herself.
Acupressure is a manual technique by which a massage is performed using the thumbs, fingers, and palms-on specific points. The professional can perform different pressures, rhythms, and techniques in order to manipulate the flow of energy. The pressure that is exerted must be directed towards two types of points, local and activation.
The local points are those in which the pain is felt, while the trigger points are those points that are remotely connected to the local points. This union occurs because our body has a network of meridians that connect all the points with each other and that act as a kind of highway for energy.
Acupressure considers that the pain we feel is due to a blockage or "jam" of the energy at that specific point, so it must be worked on ensuring that it flows correctly, evaluating both types of points. This release from the traffic jam would be given by the stimulation of the bloodstream and the treatment of the nerves scattered throughout our body, which send signals to the central nervous system.
• Improved sleep
• Relaxes muscles and joints
• Relieves stress, anxiety, and depression
• Relieves digestive problems such as nausea, vomiting, indigestion, and upset stomach.
• It is an analgesic. It can improve abdominal pain, back pain, headache, menstrual cramps, etc.