Acupressure

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You know that “OMG there's the sweet spot” feeling you get when you scratch an itch? Well multiply it by 100 & you’re getting close to what you'll experience duing an Acupressure session.

 

Acupressure is an ancient healing art using the power & sensitivity of the fingers, palms, elbows or special devices to gradually press acupoints on the body's meridians, which stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. By pressing on these points, muscle tension ebbs away promoting improved blood circulation & healing.

 

During a session, you lie fully clothed on a comfy massage table while the Practitioner gently presses on acupressure points on your body. A session typically lasts about one hour however depending upon your symptoms you may need a few sessions to achieve the best results.

The Chinese have been practicing the application of finger pressure to specific acupoints throughout the body since 2,000 BC & today acupressure techniques are widely practiced across the globe for relaxation, wellness promotion & the treatment of many health conditions. Acupressure is the non-invasive form of acupuncture, as Chinese physicians determined that stimulating points on the body with massage and pressure could be effective for treating certain problems. Nearly all of the forms of Oriental medicine that are used in the West today, including acupuncture, acupressure & shiatsu have their roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The oldest known text specifically on acupuncture points, the Systematic Classic of Acupuncture, dates back to 282 A.D.

 

The goal of acupressure is to restore health and balance to the body's channels of energy and to regulate opposing forces of yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy). Some proponents claim acupressure not only treats the energy fields and body but also the mind, emotions, and spirit. Some even believe that therapists can transmit the vital energy (external qi) to another person.

Acupressure is just one of a number of Asian bodywork therapies (ABT) with roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Examples of other Asian bodywork therapies are medical Qigong and Tuina. Shiatsu is a Japanese form of acupressure.

 

Traditional Chinese Medical theory describes special acupoints, or acupressure points, that lie along meridians, or channels in your body. These are the same energy meridians & acupoints as those targeted with acupuncture. It’s believed that through these invisible channels flows vital energy -- or a life force called qi (ch'i). It is also believed that these 12 major meridians connect specific organs or networks of organs, organising a system of communication throughout your body. The meridians begin at your fingertips, connect to your brain & then connect to an organ associated with a certain meridian.

 

According to this theory, when one of these meridians is blocked or out of balance, illness can occur. Acupressure & acupuncture are among the types of TCM that are thought to help restore balance using finger & palm pressure, stretching, massaging & other bodywork techniques.

 

It’s believed that acupressure may reduce muscle pain & tension, improve blood circulation, release endorphins & release/eliminate toxins. The mechanism of action may be similar to other techniques such as acupuncture (stimulation of acupoints with needles) or other forms of manual stimulation. Techniques that involve soft tissue manipulation may have similar effects on the body as therapeutic massage.

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