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Dec 11, 2013

Mind and Body Connection for Weight loss Maintenance using Acupressure

The Human Mind-Body Connection

The human mind-body connection is most evident when our emotions pay a physical toll on our bodies. Examples include anxiety leading to a headache, receiving negative news resulting in an upset stomach, and in contrast, a happy life event leading to more physical energy. Knowing how closely our emotions and our bodies are connected, we can use this to our advantage; in this instance acupressure. Acupressure is an intervention derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This technique involves the utilization of pressure points along our body, and when stimulated can correspond to addressing the onset of ailments the body is experiencing.

Losing weight is not just diet based rather it includes other various health conditions to be resolved that are going on in the body (More Info). Once an amount of weight is lost, maintaining the current weight requires continuation of this lifestyle change the individual has made to initially lose it. In an article published by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine the largest ongoing randomized control trial of an energy psychology intervention was reviewed.  In a cohort of adult subjects  they were categorized into an acupressure intervention and a self-directed social support group. The acupressure group utilized the Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT) by self administration. The acupressure group’s results would support positive findings that its use as a weight-loss maintenance tool could be applied in a variety of care settings, control food cravings, and reduce stress levels.
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