Acupressure and Reflexology: How They Can Benefit Your Health!

by Michelle on March 27, 2018

Acupressure and Reflexology have been around for centuries as a way to naturally treat anxiety, pain, injury, illness, and systemic issues the body might be dealing with. Today we dive a little deeper into how these ancient arts can benefit your health today!

Acupressure was first practiced in China over 5,000 years ago when they discovered that pressing certain points on the body relieved pain where it occurred and also benefited other parts of the body as well.  Gradually, they found other locations that not only alleviated pain but also influenced the functioning of certain internal organs. As acupuncture uses fine needles to stimulate the meridians (life energy channels) of the body, acupressure uses gentle to firm finger pressure on the pressure points and meridians.  In Japan, acupressure is also known by the name Shiatsu…and a Shiatsu massage, deals with all of the meridians as well.

ACUPRESSURE & REFLEXOLOGY

 

Acupressure therapy is known for producing many benefits:

  1. Boosts the immune system
  2. Releases tension & produces a feeling of over-all well being
  3. Increases circulation
  4. Reduces pain & promotes faster healing
  5. Contributes to a calmer mind & body; anxiety relief
  6. Increases muscle tone & brings more oxygen to the skin, reducing wrinkles
  7. Beneficial for arthritis relief
  8. Helps ease nausea

 

Reflexology is based on an ancient form of therapy practiced in China as long ago as 4,000 B.C and at the same time in Egypt as well.  It’s a system of massage that’s also used to naturally treat many issues based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head that correspond to every part of the body.  Unlike Acupressure, Reflexology deals more with putting pressure on only these three areas of the body that correspond to other points and organs to elicit a reaction and produce an effect.

The health benefits of Reflexology are very similar to Acupressure and they include:

  1. Improved nerve function
  2. A boost in energy levels
  3. Increased circulation
  4. Promotes better sleep, relaxation & anxiety relief
  5. Helps eliminate toxins from the body
  6. Stimulates the nervous system
  7. Reduces headaches; treats migraines
  8. Speeds healing & relieves pain

 

Many people use these two ancient techniques to not only relax and treat whole-body issues but to also keep their systems running at their optimal levels in general.  Acupressure and Reflexology are body-balancing practices that have kept people healthy and happy for thousands of years. Maybe you too could benefit from giving them a try.

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