Acupressure is a Chinese Medical Massage. With over 2500 years of knowledge and practice behind this therapy, it makes this one of the most effective modalities of any massage.
Acupressure works on the same principles as acupuncture but where acupuncture uses needles, acupressure uses hand, palm and finger pressure to unblock trapped or restricted Qi (energy) in the body.
Qi is life sustaining energy force that runs along energy channels (meridians) in the body. This energy can become blocked due to injury, stress, or trauma. If this happens, a person may feel pain, tension, numbness or general ill health. The goal of acupressure is to unblock restricted or blocked energy and keep it flowing using pressure at specific points on the body.
Acupressure is preformed by qualified Chinese medicine practitioners only who understand the meridian systems in the body, know where the energy has become blocked and use their skills to release this healing energy.
Acupressure can be effective for a number of conditions including;
Stress, tension and anxiety:
Acupressure is ideal for people who are under a lot of stress. Pressure point therapy can help ease the tension in the muscles as well as relax the body. This can help lower heart rate and blood pressure. It can also help re-establish balance that been lost due to the effects of stress on the body.
Alleviating chronic pain
Acupressure can be particularly beneficial for people with acute or chronic pain due to a build-up of scar tissue or those with stiff, painful areas in the neck, shoulders, and back. Applying pressure can also relax muscles, tendons and ligaments which can reduce nerve compression.
Relaxing muscles and joints
Acupressure relaxes muscle tissue, which can reduce painful contractions and spasms. It is excellent for shoulder, neck and back, wrist and knee pain.
Improving blood circulation
Proper blood circulation is recognised as a major factor in the overall health of the body. Applying pressure to particular points can enhance the circulation of blood around the body. With improved blood circulation, nutrients can reach the cells effectively, where they can be used for the necessary metabolic functions.
Relieving migraine and headaches
Acupressure can help to alleviate migraine and headaches due to improved circulation, stress relief, reduced tension and by releasing the body’s natural pain killers endorphins.
Reducing digestive issues
Because acupressure works on the same principles as acupuncture it can help with aiding regulatory imbalances within the system.
What to expect during your Acupressure Treatment.
When you come to a Chinese medicine clinic you will first receive a consultation with a practitioner where they will talk to you about your overall health and any particular health issues you may have. This will enable your therapist can make your treatment more targeted.
The patient is then led to a cosy treatment room and asked to lie comfortably on a massage table. The practitioner will begin the massage and ensure the patient is relaxed and comfortable at all times. Chinese herbal oils with medicinal properties are often used during treatment. Because meridian channels run the length of the body particular points seemingly unrelated to the area of discomfort will have pressure applied to help remove energy blockages.
Following treatment you should feel very relaxed. Some people come out feeling energised, others sleepy. Each persons body will have a different reaction to treatment.
Depending on your condition you may require a number of treatments but when the treatment is this good, why wouldn’t you come back for more!
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