Acupressure applies the same principles as acupuncture to promote relaxation, wellness and treat disease. It is one of a number of Asian bodywork therapies with roots in traditional Chinese medicine. It uses precise finger placement and pressure over specific points on the body. These are the same points used in acupuncture. The acupoints follow specific meridians or channels that flow superficially and deep through the body. Pressure activation of these points can improve blood flow, release tension, tonify or unblock the qi within the channels, promoting relaxation, immune response and restoration of organ function.
Acupressure can be performed as a treatment on its own or in conjunction with other aspects of Chinese medicine – acupuncture, tui na, cupping, moxibustion, and herbal therapy. It is used to release pain, reduce muscle tension, improve circulation, and induce a state of relaxation. As individual conditions improve, your therapist can advise self care applications and pressure point combinations for specific conditions.
Acupressure can treat headaches, neck and back pain, nausea, vomiting, motion sickness, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, mental and emotional distress, learning disorders and support addiction recovery. These pressure points have been used to treat low libido, sexual dysfunction, infertility and impotency.
Sessions typically last 45 – 75 minutes and are performed with some Chinese bodywork. Acupressure points are manipulated with varying pressures and rhythms, using fingers, elbows, arms and sometimes legs and feet. The patient remains clothed, comfortable, loose garments are recommended.
Guided visualization and breathing techniques are often added to deep therapeutic effects.