Therapeutic Massage and Acupressure
The reflexogenic action of massage and its importance in producing the multitude of physiological reactions in the body is unanimously recognized.
The richness and the great spread of nerve endings - exteroceptors in the cutaneous and subcutaneous tissues and proprioceptors in the musculotendinous and articular tissues - are the peripheral anatomic substrate of receiving and processing the stimuli performed by the massage maneuvers, from where the nerve inflows pass centripetally on reflex pathways central nerve floors. Skin areas are a well-defined topography, whose nervous receptors correspond to certain tissues and organs.
Depending on the intensity and pace of applied massage procedures, they may have a stimulating effect or, on the contrary, sedative effects. Exciting maneuvers stimulate nerve sensitivity, conductivity, and reactivity, increase muscle tone, stimulate organ and tissue functions. The painkillers act in reverse. Obviously, they apply differentially, depending on the nervous, muscular, general or regional tone, in the sense of the intended purpose.
Regarding general massage, when it is well and properly executed, it generates a general tonus stimulation, with increased energy capacities, with a sensation of liveliness, lust for life (when applied according to stimulating methodology) or on the contrary produces a relaxation, general relaxation (when sedative techniques are used), favoring sleep.
When it hurts our head, neck, or mass, we instinctively appeal to an acupuncture technique, pressing our hands with the place. Massage is an innate science that traditional oriental medicine, practiced for more than three millennia in China and Japan, has transformed it into a true art of healing, based on a highly accurate massage system.
Acupressure is closely related to acupuncture. If acupuncture is done by inserting very thin needles, acupressure consists in pressing with the tip of the fingers on the same points used in acupuncture. In both cases, there are precise places on the energetic meridians of the human body, the Chinese and Japanese being convinced - according to their traditional medicine - that the body is crossed by some energy networks permanently connected to the cosmic energy, which constantly feeds them, as a real fuel.
When one of these channels of "irrigation" that we find in a network of circulating networks, called meridians, is blocking, disease occurs. In order for it to be removed, we call on the fingers with precise points, the unlocking being produced immediately. Unpleasant symptoms are eliminated, restoring physical and mental balance.
Acupressure is typical self-medication because it does not require helpful tools, it can be learned easily and practiced anywhere, simply, quickly, without side effects. Therefore, in China and Japan, it occupies an important place in the healthcare provided to the population, giving up the poisoning, often unnecessary, with medication.
It can be used successfully in the self-treatment of insomnia, depression, anxiety.