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* Acupressure Extraordinary Channels & Points the choices we make in our lives, how we think, use our badies, eat, sleep, exercise, and set our priorities, affect our health and wellness. The more conscious we are of giving our bodies what they require, the more we take responsibility for our well-being. Preventing illness is just as important as healing illness, and yet many people don’t become concerned with their health until they get sick. An acupressure approach to health maintenance combines daily self-acu- pressure with choices for a healthy lifestyle, including good nutrition, exercise, positive thinking, relaxation, and deep breathing. ‘The acupressure points illustrated in this booklet not only relieve com- mon ailments, they are also effective for preventing them. By stimulat- ing these points daily, you can improve your overall condition and also increase your vitality. Deep breathing exercises are the most gentle and effective methods known to incorporate with acupressure. If your breathing is shallow, your body’s vital systems are not functioning at their optimal levels. When you breathe deeply, however, the respiratory system can fully oxygenate and rejuvenate the body. Everyone can be radiantly healthy by eating wholesome foods, thinking positively, practicing stretching and deep breathing exercises, and getting daily aerobic exercise. Use acupressure whenever you have a free hand and you will enjoy greater aliveness, vitality, and well-being. Introducing Acupressure cupressure is an ancient healing art. Finger pressure is used on key points to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. It encourages the release of muscular tension, the increased circulation of blood, and the flow of the body’s vital life force (chi) simply by pressing, these special points. Like acupuncture, acupressure accesses the energy of the body through the points and meridian pathways — both use the same points and meridian pathways — to influence the health and well- being of a person, In this system, symptoms are considered an expression of the state of the whole body. For instance, a tension headache may originate in the shoulder and neck area. Using points, acupressure can not only relieve the local head pain and discomfort, but also can reestablish the body's balance — before the stress and strain can cause more problems in other areas of the body. a History of Acupressure wre there is pain, it is naturally instinctive to hold the place that hurts. More than 5,000 years ago the Chinese discovered that when certain places on the body were held, not only did the place that was held feel better, but other remote parts of the body also benefited. Over time, they observed that pressing certain points helped alleviate specific health conditions. In the early dynasties of China, when stones and arrows were the only weapons available for warfare, unexpected benefit occurred in battle when wounded soldiers reported that symptoms of other diseases that they had lived with for years suddeily vanished. Though this baffled ancient physicians, for whom there was no logical relationship between the trauma and the recovery, they continued to observe these phenome- na. Stimulating these areas of the surface of the bedy, by trial and error, these physicians charted the points and developed ways to relieve trau- mas, dysfunctions and pains in the body. One of these methods was acu- pressure. INTRODUCING ACUPRESSURE Page |