The Telehealth Experience Blog Series: Acupressure Self-Care

While many of us continue to stay home for the safety of ourselves and others, it's necessary for us to take our health and wellness literally into our own hands.

What Is Acupressure?

By using this method of pressing on specific points at various locations on the body, this action sends a signal to the body to essentially to "turn on" its own self-regulatory and healing mechanism. Qi (or energy) typically circulates through natural pathways in the body called channels or meridians. However, if there is an imbalance of yin and yang or a blockage of this Qi flow, it can cause illness and pain. Using the Acupressure method aids in correcting the functional imbalances, restores the flow, relieves the discomfort and returns the body to a more balanced state of well-being.

Virtual Acupressure Session

When you schedule a Telehealth Acupressure Self-Care session, there is a few minutes at the beginning of the session to check-in about what may be a chief complaint for the day. Meaning, what body discomfort do you feel right now? Do you have aches or pains in your body? Areas of tension? Most commonly, during this quarantine, neck and shoulder discomfort from sitting at the computer, looking down at the phone, or binging on that Netflix show.

A simple solution for some self-care relief is to use Acupressure points that are located on the hands, arms, shoulders, neck and head--all within reach on your own body.

Just about any symptom that you have can be treated by utilizing the Acu-points on your body. It can be from musculoskeletal discomfort of the back, hip, knee or neck pain to functionality of different systems of our bodies such as difficulty breathing, insomnia or even digestive issues.

How Does It Work?

Once your symptoms are identified, you will be guided on how to press, massage and stimulate the various Acu-points to relieve the ailments you may be experiencing.

During this online virtual session, the

practitioner will simultaneously demonstrate the technique on their own body as you do it on your own body. You will have to be creative with video camera/phone/computer placement to get the angle just right to be able to view the body part you may be pressing.

Additional Elements During the Session

In addition to the real-time demonstration, an Acupressure session can tune you into your body awareness and deepen your connection to yourself. If you notice areas of tenderness, discomfort or even pain, it may give you an indication of something that might be out of balance and may need to be addressed. Meanwhile, utilize this opportunity to get some feedback from your body about parts of yourself that you didn't know were sore or in need of some self-care.