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Acupressure - 2019
What is Acupressure?
The role of acupressure has been paramount in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for more than 2000 years, and the fact that it is still in use today is a testimony to its effectiveness in the treatment of illness and pain. Acupressure is essentially a method of sending a signal to the body (by needle or other means) to “turn on” its own self-healing or regulatory mechanisms. Normally, Qi (vital energy) circulates through natural pathways in the body called meridians. Blockage of this flow or an imbalance in Yin and Yang can cause illness and pain. Acupressure helps to correct functional imbalances and restore the flow thus returning the body to a more natural state of well-being.
Acupressure is an effective form of stimulation used to help relax the muscles. If done regularly, this method of massage can sustain improvement and minimize recurrence of symptoms
What is ear acupressure?
Ear acupressure, also known as auricular therapy, is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Auricular therapy refers to the ear acupressure system according to Paul Nogier, a french doctor who tested ear acupressure scientifically on a very large scale. It is widely used for many conditions, including addiction treatment, mood disorders, obesity, pain, and many other symptoms . This medical system is seen as a holistic approach to medicine, an approach that treats the whole person. The acupuncture points found on the ear can help to regulate the body's internal organs, structures, and functions.
How is ear acupuncture used in a treatment?
Ear acupressure is often incorporated into a regular acupressure treatment. In addition to using acupressure points on the rest of the body, I may select a few ear acupressure points that i feel will be helpful for your particular condition.
It is also used on it's own for specific conditions
Ear acupressure points can be stimulated for a longer period of time by using ear seeds. These seeds are held in place on the ear with a small piece of adhesive tape. Ear seeds may be left in the ear for a few days or up to two weeks.
Cupping is an ancient technique used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to stimulate acupressure points or larger areas of the body. It is often practiced alongside Acupresure but can also be a 'stand-alone' treatment.
The technique involves creating a vacuum inside round glass or plastic cups by inserting a naked flame and removing it, or sucking out air mechanically.
The cups are then left in place for anything up to 20 minutes.
If large areas of the body need treating, a technique known as 'sliding cupping' is used. A thin layer of massage oil is spread over the skin; the cups are placed onto the body in the normal way and then slid along the muscles being treated.
This treatment is often compared to deep tissue massage.
Cupping is not painful but can leave slightly red patches on the skin, like circular bruises. Although these marks resemble bruises, the muscles have not been traumatised in any way. The redness on the skin indicates that there has been movement in the circulation of blood under and around the cups. Not all cupping treatments will result in redness as this depends on the complaint being addressed.
We like to think of cupping as the reverse of a deep tissue massage - where tissue is lifted rather than compressed - making it ideal for people who cannot tolerate deep tissue massage.
(EFT-Emotional Freedom Technique)
Meridian Psychotherapy comprises a fast growing family of techniques that provide quick and usually permanent relief from negative emotional states. It has its roots in both psychology and ancient healing sciences, and combines ‘talking therapy’ with energy techniques that work on the same meridians as those used in acupuncture/acupressure to release the underlying disturbances and restore the free flow of life energy to the body/mind.
Emotional freedom technique (EFT) is an alternative treatment for physical pain and emotional distress.
It’s also referred to as tapping or psychological acupressure.
According to its developer, Gary Craig, a disruption in energy is the cause of all negative emotions and pain.
EFT tapping has been used to treat people with anxiety and people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
How does EFT tapping work?
Similar to acupuncture and acupressure EFT focuses on the meridian points — or energy hot spots —
to restore balance to your body’s energy.
It’s believed that restoring this energy balance can relieve symptoms a negative experience
or emotion may have caused.
Based on Chinese medicine, meridian points are thought of as areas of the body energy flows through.
These pathways help balance energy flow to maintain your health.
Any imbalance can influence disease or sickness.
Acupuncture uses needles to apply pressure to these energy points. EFT uses fingertip tapping to apply pressure.
Proponents say the tapping helps you access your body’s energy and send signals to the part of the brain that controls stress. stimulating the meridian points through EFT tapping can reduce the stress or negative emotion you feel from your issue, ultimately restoring balance to your disrupted energy.