Acupressure is a terrific method to try for natural pain relief. If you’re short on cash to find a practitioner, you can try it out on your own with this terrific book, Acupressure’s Potent Points: A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments, by Michael Reed Gach. It has photos and descriptions that guide readers on how to give themselves acupressure treatments for a million different aches & pains.
For years before discovering dance, I toted this book around with me whenever I traveled and was away from my bodyworker crew. It was a lifesaver. Sometimes I had dramatic results from following guidance in the book. For example, when I had excruciating knee pain a number of years ago, I sat in a hot bath and pressed the acupressure points recommended for knee pain. I heard a chiropractic-like crack, and my knee was suddenly back in alignment and pain free!
Then there was the time that I was poisoned by carbon monoxide and suffering from horrible dizziness. I pressed a point recommended in the book for headaches, dizziness, and nausea, and whamo! It cleared within minutes.
I did take an acupressure class at a local school before using this book. Actually, it was at the Acupressure Institute, founded by the author of this book (which is where I got it). I found it helpful to have that foundational information at my fingertips (as it were). I also had received a few years of acupressure therapy by then, so I was very familiar with it.
This all goes to say, I cannot vouch for how effective the book is if you don’t know diddly about acupressure. I would say that the most important thing to keep in mind is that you don’t have to do it perfectly, and you certainly don’t have to press hard, for acupressure to be effective. Some people claim you have to press till it hurts, but from my experience, that’s not only a load of crap, but a dangerous attitude. Pressing hard on my body has actually caused pain that lingers, whereas pressing lightly has relieved pain.
Anyhow, this is definitely one of those bible-type books I recommend having as a reference for natural pain relief.