Acupressure: How to Heal and Help Yourself (And Your Cat and Horse!)
April 30, 2013
Wow! I started learning acupressure to help migraines. I got huge relief! From the book The Acupressure Atlas, "…acupressure is a gentle pressure or massage on specific points of your body. It is based on beliefs that our internal organs are connected with pathways to our bones and muscles." The philosophy believes that the pathways or "energy channels" connect the two. I focused on the diagrams, a few terms, and directions. If you want, you can really get in depth with this technique. I used MCPL resources and diagrams off of Google.
For migraines, one point I use is between the thumb and forefinger. You push them together, and where the skin pushes up, you apply gentle pressure or gentle massage. They say you can do it for two to three minutes several times a day. The points that help asthma are great! They relieve tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, and coughing.
It’s easy to learn what it is, where to do it, and how to do it. The few terms I learned were very easy! You can go on to learn points to boost your immune system, ease anxiety, and help sleeplessness, etc. It’s amazing, there are so many conditions acupressure can help.
There are great books and DVDs at MCPL! I used The Acupressure Atlas and the DVD entitled Acupressure Massage. Another resource is Acupressure & Reflexology for Dummies. There is even a book on feline acupressure called Acu-Cat--a Feline Guide to Feline Acupressure and a book for horses called Equine Acupressure. MCPL has a book, although not specifically acupressure, entitled Dog Massage: A Whiskers-to-Tail Guide to your Dog’s Ultimate Petting Experience.
It’s fun to learn new things and it helps! You can even include your pets!! Give it a try!!!