What is Acupressure?
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese technique based on the principles of acupuncture, and involves the use of finger pressure (without the needles) on specific points along the body.
Acupressure is is a way of accessing and releasing blocked or congested energy centers in the body. Chinese cultures believe the points to be junctures of meridian pathways that carry energy called chi. Western scientists have also mapped out and proven the existence of these points using electrical devices.
Acupressure massage therapy stimulates and activates the body’s own energies to help fight illness and restore harmony. Some of the acupressure points are significant as they relate to a specific part of the body while others are more general in their effect.
Acupressure can help alleviate ailments such as tension, stress, aches and pains, arthritis or menstrual cramps. Acupressure can also be used for general preventative health care.
What is the Purpose of Acupressure?
The purpose of acupressure is to stimulate the body's own recuperative powers by stimulating the various points on the body. The stimulation removes energy blockages by diffusing the toxic build up that accumulates in the muscle tissue. The accumulation of toxins causes stiffness throughout the body. Stiffness in muscles puts abnormal pressure on nerves, and blood and lymph vessels. The pressure on blood and lymph vessels affect both skeletal systems and internal organ functioning.
How is Acupressure Performed?
Acupressure is usually given in a similar fashion to traditional massage. Points on the body are massaged using finger or thumb, and sometimes a blunt object, in a fairly rapid circular motion with a medium pressure. Massages last between 5 and 15 minutes.
Some of the most common acupressure techniques are:
Rubbing, Kneading, Percussion and Vibration. Fingers, hands, elbows, knees and feet are often used to massage other parts of the body.
Acupressure can be performed sitting, standing or lying down.
Acupressure can help alleviate:
Pain, headaches, migraines, insomnia, depression, toothache, dizziness, menstrual pain, digestive disorders including diarrhea and constipation, nausea, morning sickness, motion sickness, stress and tiredness.
In all cases, acupressure massage techniques are employed in collaboration with other appropriate medical care.
Rubbing Finger Nails to reduce grey hair:
Rubbing left and right hand nails with each other is a powerful way to cure hair fall and increase hair growth. It is extremely simple yet very effective.
Procedure: Fold both your palms inwards and place the fingernails of both hands against each other. Then with regular swift motions, rub them against each other. It is simple and can be done anywhere anytime. Do it for about 5-7 minutes twice a day.You need not devote special time; just do this while watching a film or commuting to work.
Benefits: The nerve endings just under your fingernails are directly connected to your hair roots.By rubbing your nails together,you help boost blood circulation in your scalp. This rubbing procedure increases the blood flow to the scalp and helps in strengthening the roots, which in trun reduces grey hair. It not only helps in curbing hair loss, but also leads to regrowth of lost hair in people suffering from baldness or receding hairlines. And if that is not good enough, it also brings back the color naturally thus getting rid of the problem of graying. It is tried and tested and will definitely show results. You need to be patient though. You will begin to notice a difference in about a month and by the end of 6 months you would probably be successful in ridding yourself of all your hair problems.
Other than rubbing your nails together, forehead rubbing is equally effective in controlling premature graying:
When you get up in the morning, rub the area of your forehead closest to your hairline. This helps in removing any blocks in circulation in your scalp. Rub lightly for a few minutes. That’s all it takes!