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Life is stressful. Even a fantastic journey through the cyberspace could leave you with stiff back and shoulders. In times like that, acupressure helps.

What is acupressure?

Acupressure is an ancient healing art using the fingers to gradually press key healing points, which stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. Acupressure was developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago.

Basically it is about stimulating the acupressure points. They say that there are several hundreds of them all over your body.


You can stimulate your acupressure points with your fingers, but it is not always easy. But don’t worry. There are many handy tools to help you. In Japan, some are just functional, but others are cute, fashionable, portable or even laughable.

Acupressure devices with unique Japanese touch

For indoor use

This is a popular model for pressing the acupressure points in your feet. It looks dependable and educational, telling you pressing which point will work for which part of the body.


But to accompany your long flight, maybe this is a better choice?


Talking about a Japanese touch, these are definitely it!


They say this is a pillow, and also can be worn like a mitten and used for massaging your neck, arms and legs.


Often your workplace is very stressful and you may be on the edge most of the time. Then the cuteness of these sticks would stop you from bursting out.

The tag tells you which points you should press for your stiff shoulders, tired eyes or sleepiness and so on.



Squeeze the fishbone, mola, sheep, turtle or hedgehog in your hands or step on it under your desk when no one is watching.


If you are not into “cutie-cutie” things, how about this one with this sophisticated design?


At first glance, you wouldn’t know what it is. This is how it is used.


This stylish acupressure device made of aluminum won a prize at a product design competition in Japan in 2011.

Toyama Product Design Competition 2011

For outdoor use

So, it may be thrilling to use your acupressure devices at your desk in the office, hoping no one is watching you.  And it must be relaxing to use them at home, in front of the TV, watching your favorite drama. But it must be quite refreshing to do it outdoor, under the blue sky and feeling the gentle breeze! At least, some people seem to have thought that way.


Imagine yourself leaning against the back of this bench, looking up the blue sky and at the same time, with your acupressure points being pressed!  It is such a shame that the bench doesn’t have the yellow things on the other side as well so that you can enjoy the experience with someone.

And in the community where people are so much into acupressure, you may find something like this in a park.


If you see one, do give it a try, because it may be a great chance not only to restore the energy flow and balance in your body, but also to train your mental strength. It is said that you will feel a great sense of accomplishment when you managed to reach the goal.

Now are you feeling better to realize just how many devices are out there to make your life more comfortable? So, get one or more of those for your stiff shoulders and back pain, and enjoy further exploration of cyberspace!

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