What is Acupressure
Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force energy to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses gentle but firm pressure.
Have you ever had a Shiatsu massage? Acupressure and Shiatsu are almost identical. They are both meridian therapies, which means they both work with the body’s own energy pathways, the pathways which are the foundation of Chinese medicine. Acupressure works on the acu-points and meridians, similar but not exactly like, Acupuncture without needles!
In an Acupressure treatment, pressure is applied along the meridians to improve the circulation of energy and harmonize the functions of the internal organs. Pressure is applied with the hands, arms, elbows, and occasionally the feet of the practitioner. In addition to the application of pressure to the meridians, acupressure will involve the application of pressure to other muscles and ligaments throughout the body. This component of acupressure is similar to the technique of Swedish massage. Acupressure also involves placing the hand on a part of the body, passively, without any significant pressure exerted, to facilitate energy flow.
The combination of acupressure with muscle massage will act on the whole body to facilitate deep relaxation, relieve discomfort and pain, and increase the regenerative capacity of the body by unblocking the flow of energy.