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What is Hand Reflexology and Acupressure?

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What is Acupressure?

Acupressure is known by a variety of different names including:

  • Reflexology
  • Concentrated Massage
  • Zone Therapy
  • Shiatsu
  • Contact Therapy
  • Pointed Pressure Therapy
This ancient form of medical massage is time tested, drug-free, and very safe. It stimulates the body's nervous system and promotes proper blood circulation throughout the body. Acupressure can be used to address various internal organ imbalances and has both curative and preventative effects on the whole body.

Acupressure Benefits

Acupressure can be beneficial for:

  • Pain
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Toothache
  • Dizziness
  • Menstrual pain
  • Digestive disorders (diarrhea, constipation)
  • Nausea
  • Morning sickness
  • Motion sickness
  • Stress
  • Tiredness
Acupressure should always be used in in addition to primary medical care.

Acupressure Treatment

What happens during an Acupressure Treatment?

Acupressure is based on the theory that all portions of the body have related pressure points in the ears, hands, and feet in certain fixed locations. By applying pressure to these specific points, internal organ function is stimulated and the normal flow of energy can be restored to certain parts of the body. This treatment can benefit a wide variety ailments, help in the prevention of illness, and can be great for maintaining good health and beauty.

How is Acupressure Performed?

Acupressure is performed by a therapist who uses their fingers, hands, elbows, knees, or massage tools to apply pressure to certain reflex zones. Techniques can vary depending on the practitioner but often include rubbing, kneading, percussion, vibration, on various parts of the body with varying degrees of pressure. This form of therapy can be performed lying down, while seated, or even standing. Acupressure treatments vary in length depending on the needs of the patient.


18 Responses to " What is Hand Reflexology and Acupressure? "
  1. ThreadBeaur said...

    I love reflexology. I recently got a book from the library on the subject. It is very helpful, and relaxing.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lynne J. said...

    Reflexology is great and it really does work. My grandmother taught me about it (and foot reflexology) back in the 1970s and she practiced it regularly. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Samantha said...

    I didn't know such kind of therapy exist. I think I will go try that out!

  4. Evita said...

    I LOVE reflexology! I am so glad I was introduced to it in the fall and have found an amazing reflexologist. I think it is kind of sad that so many out there do not give it the time of day as they could alleviate so much pain and other health problems through this natural and non-invasive method.

    I shared my experience with it here:

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    very informative! nice post!

  7. Fashion Personality said...

    Helpful info for reflexology. Great Post!

  8. Pixell said...

    Hi friend you have wonderful contents in your blog.

  9. Caffeinated Weka said...

    The diagram demonstrating the different acupressure points is fantastic - really helpful, thanks.

  10. Surveygirl46 said...

    Hi, i really like your blog. I am a massage therapist so I really get into this stuff. I took basic reflexology for the feet as one of my classes. It is good to know you have a blog on Holistic ways and items. Lisa

  11. Margaret said...

    Thanks for the kind comments about my blog.
    I have signed up as a follower to your website.
    You have great diagrams that really explain what's going on in the body and I will let my students know of your site too so that they can be more informed.

  12. Samantha said...

    I have heard about it but never tried it....it sounds like a good natural therapy though, especially since I have quite severe menstrual pain.

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  14. Amy V said...

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  16. Anonymous said...

    thanx for such an helpful information my mom has joints pain and its really painful her knees and fingers become hard and painful after aloevera massaging she get relief.i think acupressure would help her well.

  17. Nicolas Prudhon said...

    I never try this as a therapy method, however I have greatly enjoyed it as part of massage course!

    The feeling is really great for me when they massage my hands, now I don't know if it really does something to my health or better my internal organs, but it sure makes me feel good for the least!

  18. Daisy Soap Girl said...

    A great article Tami

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