acu·​pres·​sure | \ ˈa-kyə-ˌpre-shər How to pronounce acupressure (audio) , ˈa-kə- \

Definition of acupressure

: the application of pressure (as with the thumbs or fingertips) to the same discrete points on the body stimulated in acupuncture that is used for its therapeutic effects (such as the relief of tension or pain) — compare shiatsu

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Recent Examples on the Web With easy-to-operate settings and acupressure nodes that find the pressure points in your feet, this massage is one more reason to love coming home. Stack Commerce, Popular Science, "10 massage guns and massagers on sale to speed up recovery," 13 Dec. 2020 Tapping is combination of Chinese acupressure and modern psychology that uses fingertip taps instead of needles. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Couple reconnects after 36 years, plans to marry," 8 Dec. 2020 Aleta Burchyski bought this acupressure mat and pillow set on a recommendation from a friend. Kelsey Lindsey, Outside Online, "The Wellness Products That Our Editors Loved in 2020," 12 Nov. 2020 Most of the electric foot massagers heat up, have multiple massage nodes, and mimic the shiatsu technique, a type of Japanese massage therapy involving the application of deep pressure to different acupressure points. Malia Griggs, SELF, "9 Best-Selling Foot Massagers to Treat Your Tired Toes," 13 Aug. 2020 To enhance the experience to multisensory effect, consider pairing your acupressure session with candlelight, aromatherapy, and soothing sounds. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Acupressure Mat Is the Secret to Soothing Sore Muscles—and Sleeping Better—During Quarantine," 12 Aug. 2020 Below, check out 11 of the things in my migraine toolbox, from an icy-cool massage roller to my favorite acupressure mat. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "All the Products I Use for My Chronic Migraine Pain," 10 July 2020 Take a breather with some of these wellness practices rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, including qi gong, acupressure and herbal remedies. NBC News, "Try these traditional Chinese medicine practices for self-care during quarantine," 14 May 2020 Stop, Breathe & Think is an emotional wellness and mindfulness platform that offers guided meditation and activities, including breathing exercises, acupressure, and more. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "There's Never Been a Better Time to Start Meditating — Here's Expert Advice to Get Started," 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of acupressure

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acupressure

acu- (in acupuncture) + pressure entry 1

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The first known use of acupressure was in 1972

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20 Dec 2020

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“Acupressure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of acupressure

: a method of relieving pain or curing illness by pressing on particular points on a person's body with the fingertips or thumbs


acu·​pres·​sure | \ ˈak-(y)ə-ˌpresh-ər How to pronounce acupressure (audio) \

Medical Definition of acupressure

: the application of pressure (as with the thumbs or fingertips) to the same discrete points on the body stimulated in acupuncture that is used for its therapeutic effects (as the relief of tension or pain) — see shiatsu

Other Words from acupressure

acupressurist \ -​ˌpresh-​ə-​rəst How to pronounce acupressure (audio) \ noun

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