What dieter wouldn’t like to just massage the pounds away?
As improbable as it sounds, the March 2008 edition of the medical Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine reported a clinical trial of TAPAS Acupressure Technique for losing weight. The idea behind TAPAS is that applying pressure to appropriate acupressure pressure points for weight loss really does seem to melt away the pounds.
TAPAS acupressure is not an Asian acupressure techniques. California acupuncturist Tapas Fleming and Associates (TAPAS) originally developed the method to treat fears, phobias, and post-traumatic stress. Since accumulating belly fat is also related to stress hormones, a team of research scientists at Kaiser-Permanente Health Research Center in Portland, Oregon tested the hypothesis that TAPAS might enhance weight loss.
The Kaiser-Permanente researchers concluded that the average additional weight loss with the help of TAPAS Acupressure Technique was only about 1.2 kg, or about 3 pounds. That doesn’t sound like a lot of weight, but many dieters only lose a few pounds.
The most important finding of the Kaiser-Permanente research was that acupressure not only helped people lose pounds, it helped them keep them off. So how can you do TAPAS on your own?
Gently place your thumb just inside the corner of your eye. This is a spot next to the bridge of your nose. Your thumb should be barely be touching the bottom side of your eyebrow.
Next place your ring finger (fourth finger) so that it also rests gently on the corner of your eye, while your middle finger rests between your eyebrows.
Hold fingers in place. Relax.
If this technique sounds really “alternative,” well, maybe it is. But it works.
Just five minutes twice a day really helps people lose weight and keep it off.