Acupressure Points

Acupressure is an ancient art of healing that originated from Asia some 5,000 years ago.  It uses the same principles as Acupuncture, but minus the needles.  Ancient therapies were primary based on preventative health care.  Acupressure is a way of self-treatment or Do-It-Yourself (DIY) therapy.  Acupressure Fitness (AcuFit) Mats have transformed the art of Acupressure therapy from being a therapist given massage to a DIY at your own convenience.

This page shows how Acupressure utilizes Acupressure Points on the body, and what points correspond to what organs/diseases. We focus on the Acupressure points on the foot because Acufit Foot Mats leverage the acupressure points (also known as acupoints, trigger points, reflecting zones, reflexology points, pressure points) on the foot. It also guides you through how Acupressure is a great way to Relieve Tension and Live Stress Free.

Acupressure Points

Acupressure is based on the principles that all organs of the body are connected to certain points on the hands and feet.  Most Acupressure institutes teach how to apply the right amount of pressure on specific points on the hands and feet.  It is believed that applying pressure on these points for a certain amount of time helps stimulate the energy flow to different parts of the body.  Acupressure stems from times when medicine was mostly preventative. Acupressure has a close cousin, Acupuncture, that originates from the same basic principles but uses needles instead of fingers and thumb to apply pressure.  Acufit Foot Mats have brought Acupressure to the next level by providing a mat that you can step on to apply pressure on the acupressure points on your feet. Since the foot is not flat, the Acupressure Fitness (AcuFit) Foot Mats have a pyramid in the center to ensure the right amount of pressure in the middle of the foot.

Reflexology chart for Acufit Foot Mats

Foot Reflexology Chart

The picture above overlays different organs of the body with the acupressure points on the feet.

Acupressure as a way to Relive Tension and Live Stress Free

Acupressure is believed to be a great way to relive stress, tension and anxiety.  In today’s fast paced life, stress and tension can really take a toll on your body. Acupressure can help overcome stress and anxiety by using certain acupressure points on the wrist and the foot.  Rather than having to remember and master these points, Acufit Foot Mats will put the right amount of pressure throughout your feet as you move your legs up and down on the mat (in a walking motion).  There are UPS and DOWNS in everyone’s life.  We want you to LIVE STRESS FREE!

Acupressure Research Studies

A WebMD article on Acupressure Points and Massage therapy points out a few health problems that some people may benefit from the use of Acupressure. Acupressure is a field of study in the Western world that requires more scientific research and trial. Studies report that Acupressure Wrist Bands help to prevent and treat Nausea.  There are over the counter acupressure wrist bands that are very commonly sold as a preventative way for sea sickness.  People buy these for going fishing or when going on a cruise.

More research is needed in the Western world to confirm reports of the following Acupressure benefits:

  • Relieving Nausea after Chemotherapy,
  • Helps reduce stress,
  • Increases energy levels,
  • Reduces back pain,
  • Reduces headache,
  • Reduces postoperative pain,
  • Helps with arthritis,
  • Helps with depression and anxiety,
  • Helps with fatigue

Since Acupressure is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Western scientific research and trial will follow in years to come.  Trends show that more people are moving towards Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and Natural (non-medicine) preventative techniques (Yoga, Meditation, etc.).