Although it has traditionally been applied through hand massage, the benefits of acupressure now come in handy, portable, and affordable tools that anyone can enjoy from the comforts of home in the form of acupressure mats.
But first, what exactly is acupressure?
This concept falls under Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is part of a time honored medical system. Through the use of pressure massage on your meridian points, the flow of one’s internal energy is then activated. This process reinstates balance to your body, mind, and spirit, leaving you with a great sense of calm, a reduction in your stress levels, and this will eventually relax the physical tension in your muscles.
What are meridian points?
The human body consists of thousands of pressure points, which are also known as the “meridian” points. Our meridian points link to multiple parts of our body and triggering specific areas through the use of acupressure can greatly improve the flow of good internal energy and reduce any discomfort in the region targeted.
The idea is if you are sickly, in pain, or even emotionally distressed, the energy in your system can quickly become stuck within your inner channels. Once acupressure is applied, it unblocks any stuck energy and relieves your body of this stress, pain, and tension.
The easiest way to target and trigger multiple meridian points at one time is by utilizing different tools designed with plastic spikes across its surface area. It combines the concept of acupressure, acupuncture, and India’s bed of nails, offering a natural pain relief option in the comfort of your own home, or wherever you decide to take it, without the dangers of puncturing your flesh.
An example of such tool is the Acupressure Pillow.
What is an Acupressure Pillow?
An Acupressure Pillow is a halved cylindrical shaped tool with multiple plastic spikes around its surface area. It is designed to fit perfectly under your cervical region as you comfortably lay down on it, and it activates your pressure points located around your neck and shoulders.
The raised spikes apply constant pressure as you rest, which help alleviate tensed muscles, nerves, and other types of discomfort.
How to use an Acupressure Pillow?
Place the pillow on a flat, sturdy surface. Slowly lie on your back with your legs extended and lower your neck down on the spiked region. Rest your head and relax as you would on any ordinary pillow. It can take a little getting used to especially for those who are not accustomed to acupressure or acupuncture techniques. If you feel that the spikes are a little too uncomfortable for you, you may place a soft cloth at the base of your neck, but not one too thick otherwise the benefits of this technique may not be fully realized.
How does it help with migraines?
The sensation of lying on an acupressure pillow is very similar to a deep tissue massage. After giving it a certain amount of time, you should start to feel the stiffness, tension, pain, and any discomfort on your neck, shoulders, and head regions fade away.
Because these meridian points are close to each other and are internally connected, the muscles surrounding the area are all targeted, the channels are all activated, and therefore these regions all experience the benefits.
Apart from targeting the specific pressure points connected to your head, acupressure is known to help lower blood pressure, heighten mental and emotional clarity, and release physical pressure on your muscles, joints, and nerves. This combination can greatly help in reducing the build up that may be factors to your migraine.