Acupressure massage is a form of massage therapy include applying pressure on the hands and feet to create changes in pain and other benefits elsewhere in the body.
Acupressure massage is based on any principle
The basic theory behind acupressure massage is that certain points or “reflex zones” on the feet and hands are connected to energy with specific organs and body parts through energy channels. in the body. By applying pressure on the reflex areas, a reflexologist is said to eliminate energy obstruction and promote health in the relevant body area.
Here are some examples of reflex areas and their respective body parts:
- Tip of toe connected to head
- The heart and chest are located around the soles of the feet
- The liver, pancreas and kidney are located in the arch of the foot
- Lower back and lower intestine toward heel
Although the roots of reflexology go back to ancient Egypt and China, William H. Fitzgerald, an ENT doctor introduced this concept of “regional therapy” in 1915. Human physiotherapist American Eunice Ingram developed further regional theory in the 1930s into what is known as modern acupressure.
According to experts in the field of reflexology massage, the pressure on the reflex points also helps balance the nervous system and stimulates the release of endorphins to reduce pain and stress.
Acupressure massage is suitable for anyone
- Stress and stress related conditions
- Headache due to stress and migraine
- Digestive disorders
- Hormonal imbalance
- Injuries in sports
- Menstrual disorders, like premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Digestive problems, such as constipation
- Multiple sclerosis
Reflexology is also used for postoperative or palliative care. A 2015 review published in Integrated Cancer Therapy found that massage is effective for reducing pain caused by cancer, especially for surgical-related pain. Among massage types, foot reflexology seems to be more effective than body massage and aromatherapy.
How does acupressure work?
A typical acupressure massage is 30 to 60 minutes long and begins with a sample of your health history and advice on your health and lifestyle. Acupressure professionals will use the information to customize therapy.
You may then be asked to remove your shoes and socks and sit comfortably on a recliner or massage table.
The reflexologist will assess the foot and stimulate various points to identify areas of pain or stress. Fast movements and massages can be used to warm hands and feet. Pressure of the finger or thumb is then applied to the foot by reflexology.
Lotion or oil can be used, and the acupuncturist can also use tools such as balls, brushes and pins.
There are currently no reflexology rules in the United States. Your health care provider may recommend a therapist. You may want to choose a therapist who has been certified by the American Acupressure Certification Council and have at least 200 hours of study at an accredited institution.
Acupressure massage compared to foot massage
While a foot massage may feel like reflexology treatment, a reflexologist will work on the area to promote healing response in the respective organs. A massage therapist for a foot massage will manipulate muscles and other soft tissues to improve circulation, relieve pain and heal wounds in the area or to relax overall.
How does the person who is being treated feel?
Most people find reflexology, for the most part, very relaxing. Reflexology should not hurt. If you feel uncomfortable, be sure to tell the reflexologist. He or she should work in your comfort zone. Some areas may be painful or painful, and the acupuncturist may spend more time on these points. Pain should be reduced with pressure. If you are ticklish, don’t worry. Acupressure professionals apply firm pressure on the foot.