Acupressure is an alternative bodywork therapy where pressure is applied to specific points located along the meridian energy channels and is practiced by an oriental medical professional, or a specialized massage practitioner, as used for example in Shiatsu. The rewards are numerous; alleviating many physical and mental symptoms.
This alternative treatment is centered around 12 meridians containing 365 different points. The meridians are related to specific organs and regions of the body. The energy flow, or Qi, through the meridians controls blood flow. Acupressure is practiced by applying pressure to a point, either by fingers, knuckles, palms, elbows, or with special devices. Pressure should be applied to a point for 15 to 30 seconds when you are in a relaxed state.
A common physical ailment that can be addressed through acupressure is back and neck tension. Since so many suffer from this, here are a few specific points for spinal tension that can be administered for self-care. Massage these points one at a time at least once a day for a few weeks to see results. Some tenderness or a slight twinge is a common response.
Acupressure is an interesting practice that has been used for centuries in China, and complimentary practices are used throughout Asia. Make sure to consult a specialist for specific ailments and treatment. These point locations were found at http://onlineartdirector.com/pointfinder/, an online guide to acupressure points.