Acupressure is performed by applying a certain amount of pressure to specific points in the body for a set period of time, explains Dr. Michael Reed Gach. How much pressure is applied, how long and what pressure point is being pressed are all factors that determine its effectiveness.
To apply acupressure, identify the pressure point, which is determined by using a pressure point chart and finding points that correlate with the problem area of the body, according to Dr. Gach. Once the pressure point is identified, apply a deep and firm amount of pressure to stimulate it. A small amount of pain should be felt when applying pressure, but there should also be some relief.
Acupressure can be performed with various parts of the body, such as the elbows, legs and even feet, but the most preferred part of the body is the middle finger as it is the longest and strongest, notes Dr. Gach. Apply pressure to the point for a specific length of time. In most cases, this is around two to three minutes. If a person feels fatigue when applying pressure, slowly stop, take a break and reapply the pressure again. For beginners in acupressure, it is important to retry finding pressure points and applying the right amount of pressure to various parts of the body until they are comfortable with the process.