Acupressure is a great way to optimize your wellness and stay in tip top shape. You do not need to be actively experiencing any symptoms to benefit from acupressure! We recommend using our “My Points” section to create a customized series of points that are unique to your body for use every day.
If you are feeling a specific symptom (headaches, anxiety, etc) use our “symptoms” tab for highly targeted protocols. Each targeted section will have specific instructions about how often to use it for maximum results
When pressing on acupressure points, you should use firm but not uncomfortable pressure - about a 7 out of 10. It should feel mildly uncomfortable where you are pressing, but not painful.
It’s normal to feel a dull achy sensation at the point, or even a tingling or radiating warmth. Over time you may also begin to feel a moving sensation, almost like warm water is running through your body - this is your Qi!
Results may come immediately for conditions that just started, and may take multiple sessions for things that are more chronic. If you are experiencing a headache that just started, or stress in the moment, acupressure is a great way to feel better quickly.
However, if you’ve suffered for years with migraines or an upset tummy, it may take about 10 sessions to begin noticing changes.
Acupressure works by applying pressure to specific points on the body to release muscle tension, improve blood flow, and affect the flow of life energy, also called Qi (“chee”) below the surface of the body.
Qi, sometimes spelled “Chee” or “Ki,” is life energy that flows through our bodies. There is no direct translation in English for the word “Qi” which is why we often leave it untranslated. It is the motive force behind every bodily process and organ system, and is the thing that makes us uniquely alive. From a Western perspective, Qi is often explained as the summation of neural function, mitochondrial function, and blood flow.
Acupressure has been used as an effective healing modality for over 3,000 years in nearly every culture on the planet. In the modern west, we are most familiar with acupressure from China, Japan, and Korea, but evidence of acupressure has been found all over the world. The meridian systems and acupuncture are part of the medicinal heritage of many Native American tribes, and evidence of acupuncture has even been found in Europe on ice age remains in Italy and Austria.
To put this timeline into context, Penicilin was invented less than 100 years ago. When your great grandmother was born, much of what we now consider “traditional medicine” was just “medicine.”
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