Acupressure is very similar to acupuncture, however the main difference is in the name. Where acupuncture stimulates the body using application of needles to puncture the skin, acupressure seeks to do the same however with the application of pressure.

Acupressure can be thought of as a type of massage, that mainly focuses on the thumbs, fingers and palms to apply pressure. In fact, Shiatsu Massage falls under the category of acupressure.

Acupressure is very good at erasing muscular aches and pains. Mainly because it’s very good at reducing inflammation(1), pain(2) and encouraging the repair of cells and damaged skeletal muscles(2).

Not just this but it’s actually pretty relaxing as well, not sure whether you can count that under ‘mental wellbeing’ or not, but imagine yourself on a nice heated treatment bed having a nice relaxing massage – are you feeling better yet?

  1. http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/4/119/119ra13
  2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095754815000307