WHAT IS ACUPRESSURE MASSAGE?
Acupressure is based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) with a history of over 2,000 years. It’s a method aiming at turning on the body’s self-healing and regulatory mechanisms. Similar to acupuncture, which uses tiny needles, acupressure stimulates certain meridians or pressure points of a body.
It is believed there are invisible channels flows vital energy — or a life force called qi (ch’i) that circulates through natural pathways in the body called meridians. It is also believed that these 14 major meridians connect specific organs or networks of organs, organizing a system of communication throughout your body. The meridians begin at your fingertips, connect to your brain, and then connect to an organ associated with a certain meridian. Accordingly, there are special acupoints, or acupressure points, that lie along these meridians, or channels, in your body. Once any of these meridians is blocked or out of balance, illness can occur. Acupressure helps to correct functional imbalances and restore the flow thus returning the body to a more natural state of well-being.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN ACUPRESSURE?
Acupressure practitioners use their fingers, palms, elbows or feet, or specific devices to gradually apply pressure to acupoints on the body’s meridians. Sometimes, acupressure also involves stretching or acupressure massage, as well as other methods.
During an acupressure session, the customer lies on a soft massage table. The practitioner gently presses on acupressure points on your body. A session typically lasts about one hour and several follow-up sessions for the best results.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED?
Acupressure is not designed to treat specific illnesses but a holistic treatment designed to help the body’s ability to heal itself. The following are some common complaints that many people have found relief from:
- Nausea and vomiting
- After surgery
- During spinal anesthesia
- After chemotherapy
- Motion sickness
- Related to pregnancy
- Low back pain
- Postoperative pain
- Depression and anxiety
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ACUPRESSURE?
The goal of acupressure or acupuncture bodywork is to regain health and balance to the body’s channels of energy and to regulate the two opposing forces of the body: yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy). Some people claim acupressure not only restore the energy fields and body but also the mind, emotions, and spirit. Some even believe that therapists can transmit vital energy (external qi) to another person.
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