ACUPRESSURE SELF-HELP FOR SENIORS
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing art. It stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal itself by the use of finger pressure applied to key points on the body. The point system and philosophy are the same as in acupuncture, except that acupressure uses the hands instead of needles to activate the points. Acupressure is entirely safe to do on one’s self and others and is easy to learn. There are no side effects and the few contraindications which do exist are easily conveyed. Acupressure can provide relief from both physical and emotional discomforts. Best of all, it uses gentle human touch that can be applied anytime, anywhere.
Acupressure self-help classes are ideal for seniors. Learning simple methods of bringing comfort to one’s self and others is powerful for people of all ages, and profoundly empowering for the elderly. At a time when so much seems outside their control, this program gives seniors a skill set they can use to improve their quality of life, both physically and emotionally. Classes also help to lessen the isolation so prevalent in this age group. A class designed around touch instruction has the added benefit of bringing nurturing human touch back into the lives of seniors, who so often suffer from its absence. The techniques taught in this program are designed both for self-help and compassionate help for others. Participants may choose to practice the techniques only on themselves in class. There will also be the opportunity, for those who wish it, to practice these techniques on a partner in class. Class members will be actively encouraged to practice their new skills on themselves and their friends between classes. Instruction in respectful touch is an implicit in this approach, and participants will be routinely guided to ask permission before they touch another.
Self-help classes for seniors draw upon other related disciplines in addition to acupressure. Brain Gym™ exercises, for instance, help with mental clarity. Energy Medicine techniques are invaluable for balancing and connecting the body’s many energy systems. Simple massage techniques, as in a hand massage, can help relieve arthritic discomfort. The commonality to all these techniques is that they are easy to apply, fun to learn, and health promoting.
Self-help acupressure classes for seniors include lessons in:
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