Acupuncture is a collection of procedures which involves the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques, such as penetrating the skin with tiny needles that are then manipulated to stimulate healing. It is one of the key elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine is among the oldest healing practices in the world.
Acupressure is a technique developed in ancient times before the development of Acupuncture. In acupressure, physical pressure is applied to trigger points on your body.
Reflexology, or zone therapy, is an alternative medicine approach also evolving from Acupressure concepts involving the physical act of applying pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques.
Reflexology is similar to acupuncture and acupressure in that it works with the body’s vital energy through the stimulation of points on the body. Reflexology and acupressure are both therapies in that they work with points on one part of the body to affect other parts of the body. While reflexology uses reflexes that are in an orderly arrangement resembling a shape of the human body on the feet, hands, and outer ears, acupressure uses over 800 reflex points that are found along long thin energy lines called meridians that run the length of the entire body.
Some people confuse reflexology with massage. Massage is the systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to relax the muscles. Reflexology and Acupressure focus on reflex maps of points and areas of the body to create a response throughout the body.
In short, massage therapists work “from the outside in,” manipulating muscle to release tension. Reflexology practitioners see themselves as working “from the inside out” — stimulating the nervous system to release tension.
These alternative approaches are very simple and non-evasive methods for improving life. They can help release tension, increase blood circulation, reduce pain, and enhance your immune systems. Acupressure methods can be very effective in back pains, chronic headaches, and even allergies. All of these methods may prove to release stress and helps flow of life energy which improves your overall inner and outer beauty.
These alternative medicinal practices have long traditions of being used by people over many generations. As always you should consider medical treatments first and use alternative methods as a compliment to medical treatments. However, if there is a simple and natural ancient traditional approach that can make your life better, please use it. The science behind these methods is not very clear, so you will have to just try it for yourself and see if the practice that has survived generation after generation may work for you!
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