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  • Chinese acupressure

  • Also called needle-free acupuncture, acupressure is a massage that relies on various methods of compressing biologically active points on the body. Pressure should cause the patient to experience a phenomenon called de-qi. What is? It's simply the body's response to acupressure. The reaction may be warmth, looseness, tingling, itching or numbness. De-qi most often occurs at the site of pressure, but may radiate to other parts of the body. The stronger the feelings, the better the massage is performed. However, if the above reactions do not occur, it means that the wrong point has been chosen or the pressure is too weak. Stressed nerve endings send impulses that reach sick organs and reduce pain.

  • Depending on the pressure site, different techniques are used. Points around sensitive areas, such as eyes or nose, can be squeezed with a special rod or little finger; the points on the back are best kneaded with the thumb. There are several types of pressure. Spot - one point is pressed without lifting your finger or moving. The other is connected with continuous sideways and back and front movement. There is also a spot with a circular or spiral movement from the outside or from the inside.

  • Relevant points can be determined in several ways. The most commonly used are the patient's anatomical features, but if this method cannot be used, the appropriate technique is "cun", which is based on the width of the patient's fingers (eg 1 cun is the width of the thumb). There are several types of points. LO points bind meridians, forming "intersections". They oppress them, we can restore balance in neighboring meridians. On the back you can find Shu points that are closely related to the organ and always lie just above it. MO points are outside of the meridians and are alert points. When they hurt, it means a disease of the organ. Braking and stimulation points are used to stimulate or slow down the flow of qi.

  • There are two types of massage because of the way points are stimulated. In the calming method of massage we deal with light pressure and a gradual increase in strength as well as horizontal and rotational movements. The stimulating method is based on fast and strong pressure on the body, taking your fingers off it.

  • For acupressure to bring visible effects, it is recommended to use it up to 3 times a week, in a series of up to 20 treatments. The massage does not last longer than 30 minutes, however, it is usually performed for 10 or 15 minutes. Acupressure is usually combined with classic massage, which is the introduction and end of the treatment.

  • There are 12 pressure points, each used to cope with various types of ailments, from headache, stomach, neck, back, through speech disorders, hypertension, sunburn, bile duct disorders, palpitations, sleep disorders, tonsillitis ending with varicose veins, although the list of diseases that acupressure can cope with is much longer.

  • See the gallery of acupressure treatments

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