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How do I Choose the Best Acupressure Massager?

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An acupressure massager is a device which can aid you in performing acupressure at home on yourself or others. Acupressure utilizes the same set of points as acupuncture does along a line that runs along specific parts of the body, known as a meridian. The points along the meridian are stimulated by the acupressure massager to achieve a specific reaction, often to relieve stress. When choosing an acupressure massager, the most important thing is to find one of good quality that suits your needs.

Acupressure, like acupuncture, is several thousand years old. It may actually be older, as needles are not required and were not available before a certain point in history. Some sources say that it is the predecessor to acupuncture, although historical records do not necessarily prove this. Acupressure massagers offer a simple and easy way to practice this ancient technique on yourself or others.

One important thing to look for in an acupressure massager is quality. Ask for recommendations from a masseuse or store personnel on which companies manufacture quality massagers. It is a good idea to research the different companies and make sure they use quality components.

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Another key thing to consider is what you want from the acupressure massager. There is a wide range of styles and components available. Some places sell kits that have an acupressure massager as well as books and videos that describe acupressure in detail. If you want to use the acupressure massager to massage just a few sections on the body, you may need a full kit, but if you are curious about acupressure the book and videos are informative. Some of the massagers are only used for specific parts of the body, such as on the face.

Asking for a reference from someone or checking a review website can be an invaluable tool in choosing the right acupressure massager. They can usually tell you if the unit your are considering is high quality, and if the price is reasonable. Advertisements don’t often tell the whole story, and many good acupressure massagers rely on word of mouth for sales. Price isn’t necessarily a good indicator of the product's quality.

Trying out the massager will also help you choose the best one. There are many different kinds, from a simple, wooden one to a more advanced electric units, so don't be afraid to try several different styles, especially if you are new to acupressure. Finding the right massager can offer years of use, so be sure not to settle.

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