Shiatsu VS Acupressure Points Chart
Acupressure originated in China long time ago and in Japan this form of massage is called shiatsu. Acupressure was once popular in Great Britain as it was used to treat headaches before the aspirin was discovered.
Location of the points
Acupressure theory is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine and believes that all living beings contain a vital energy, which is called “chi”. Inside the body are so called meridians which connect different parts of the body system. Along the meridians are located various spots which can be stimulated to relive pain. These points, for example, are named as Large Intestine 4, Liver 3 and Stomach 36, according to the positions they have on the acupressure charts.
One of the popular points of the acupressure chart is the point which is located in the web of the skin between the thumb and the first finger and it is corresponding to the Large Intestine meridian. You can try and massage this point to have a headache pain relief.
Other example is Liver 3 which is located between the big toe and second toe in the back of the webbing. Applying pressure on this point will help also to relieve stress.
Specific to acupressure is the fact that it doesn’t use oils or any other equipment (at least is not so necessary). Trained acupuncturists can administer acupressure but you can learn to do it yourself. However, self acupressure is not as enjoyable as having a professional acupuncturist will do it.
To apply acupressure techniques, you can use your finger, thumbs. The pressure should be firm but shouldn’t cause pain. In theory you should apply acupressure techniques until the pain disappears, but I have found that 5 to 15 minutes is enough. I have found out that if you overdo it may make the pain worse.
When you apply self-administered acupressure the challenge is to find the correct location of the point. To find the point correctly you will have to find an acupressure chart. There are many books that have charts of the meridians and points together with complete directions. On the internet you will find various websites where are available charts.
Anyways, these points are only 5mm in diameter so there isn’t much of a margin for error. If you don’t feel any benefit after a period of time that may mean that you haven’t properly fount the correct location of the energy spot.
The effects of acupressure therapy
Acupressure has no significant side effects. The points may feel a little sore after a session and some people may experience a temporary feeling of light headedness.
Pregnant women should have the approval of their doctor to use acupressure. But even if they receive the approval of a doctor they shouldn’t self-administer acupressure and better should consult a trained acupuncturist. You should understand that some spots are dangerous for pregnant women.
You may receive negative effects when you apply acupressure over any area that is bruised or swollen. Acupressure techniques should not be applied over varicose veins. People who have different sorts of problems like circulatory problems, osteoporosis, any type of bleeding disorder, a recent fracture or who are using blood thinning medication should better consult a trained therapist and the therapist will decide if he can apply the acupressure therapy.