Sometimes, modern medicine does not deliver what we want. When all the pill bottles in the world can't solve your problem, what do you do? Many alternative medicine practitioners swear by massage therapy as the solution.
Massage therapy strengthens immunity and promotes wellness. Relaxing the body and relieving stress enables this to happen. Tension tends to build up around massage therapy points. When a muscle is chronically tense, the muscle fibers contract due to lactic acid. This is caused by fatigue, trauma, stress, chemical imbalances, or poor circulation. For example, when you are stressed you may breathe shallowly. Putting pressure on specific points relieves chest tension and lets you breathe deeply.
Holding certain pressure points relieves muscle tension. This enables the fibers to lengthen and relax, blood to flow freely, and toxin release and elimination. Increased circulation brings more oxygen and other nutrients to impacted areas. This increases the body's resistance to disease. Therefore, massage therapy promotes a longer, healthier, more vital life. The goal is having blood and bio-electrical energy circulating properly. This gives us a greater sense of well-being.
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing method that involves applying pressure to certain meridian points on the body to promote health. This practice deals with body, mind, emotions, and spirit as one whole. It relaxes muscular tension and balances the vital life forces of the body. The human body has 14 meridians that have energy throughout the body. These meridians start at the fingertips, connect to the brain, and connect to the organs associated with the specific meridian. These connections help impact your health in many ways. Here are some examples of ways acupressure can influence your body.
- Relieving stress and tension
- Relaxing mind and body
- Relieving headaches/migraines and lower back pains
- Healing of arthritis and aching joints
- Healing of body injuries
- Improving blood circulation
- Removing toxic wastes
- Reducing fatigue and boosting energy
- Improving sleep quality
- Improving overall well-being
Have you ever had any good experiences with massage therapy and acupressure? Please share your recommendations and any other thoughts below.