‘Acupressure for a healthy life’ is a workshop series conducted by Deshamanya Dr. Cyril Antony, in order to share the knowledge of treating and preventing diseases by using Acupressure among the general public. The series has already completed one-day workshops on using Acupressure on certain topics - Cure Headache, Fever, Common cold, Cure Constipation and diarrhoea and prevent and cure Gastritis.
The latest one-day workshop on using Acupressure to treat and prevent Arthritis and knee problems will be conducted on Sundays, November 3 and 10. Acupressure can be learnt by almost anyone and also does not cause any side effects. Also it is economical as no medication is used.
Acupressure is an ancient healing art that involves pressing potent points on the whole body surface. It works by stimulating the body’s curative abilities. It is also based on the concept of life energy which flows through “meridians” in the body. In the past this system had been used by most civilizations. It was found not only in South Asia, Far East and the Middle East but also in South America. It was well developed in India and Sri Lanka.
“There is historic evidence that Acupressure existed in Egyptian pyramid drawings from 2300BC and that the Chinese too developed this system about 5000 years ago,” says Dr. Antony. “Though it is an ancient system of medicine, Acupressure was neglected due to the development of modernized Acupuncture by China. But it is widely spread in India, Japan and South American countries, and is now becoming popular in Europe and North America. Acupressure is closely related with all martial arts of the world. This includes attacking pressure points and to recover & cure ailments of an attacked person,” he added.
When acupressure treatment is done pressure is applied by fingers or by softened wooden equipment. Acupressure mainly focuses on relieving pain and discomfort as well as responding to tension before it develops into a disease. When key points of the body are pressed they promote the circulation of the blood and release muscular tension. This is helpful in recovering from unconscious or coma situations. In addition Acupressure can be effectively used for identification of various disorders.
Acupressure can be used to cure ailments such as the following; headache, fever, common cold, kidney disorders, heart disease and other disorders of excretory, nervous, respiratory and circulatory systems and arthritis, diabetes, obesity and shoulder, back and knee disorders, varicose veins etc.
Deshamanya Dr. Cyril Antony who introduced Taekwon-Do to Sri Lanka and is also a highly qualified Acupuncturist conducts treatment and courses in Acupressure. He also has Doctorates for Acupuncture, Traditional Medicine, Philosophy and for Martial Arts and is also a Reiki Master Teacher. He is also currently a Director of the International Council of Reflexologists and Chairperson of the Education committee.