The word "acupressure" sounds like it's related to the practice of acupuncture, but you might be surprised to learn that this natural therapy doesn't use any needles. While acupressure treatment uses the same points on the body as acupuncture and shares similar philosophies that come from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the practice involves manipulation of different pressure or trigger points using the hands, thumbs, fingers, wrists, arms and elbows.
What is the difference between acupressure massage and ordinary massage?
It’s all to do with how and where pressure is applied. Western massage techniques primarily are designed to relieve muscular tension and soreness. The massage practitioner therefore kneads or rubs large areas of the body, focusing on the muscles themselves.
In contrast to Western massage techniques, acupressure massage focuses pressure on specific areas of the body known as the "meridians of Qi" (or "Ki"). According to ancient Chinese medicine, Qi is the vital energy that flows through the body. In order to maintain maximum health, this energy must flow uninterruptedly through the body. Qi follows well-defined pathways in the body. The meridians of Qi can be thought of as "energy pathways." When they become congested, illness follows.
Another difference between an acupressure massage and a traditional Western massage is that while a traditional practitioner will apply pressure directly to an affected area, an acupressure massage therapist doesn’t need to apply pressure to the sore or affected area. More often than not if an area is too painful to work on I can use a completely different part of the body to reduce pain in the areas needed. For example, I may apply pressure to an ear and/or a point between the toes in an effort to clear up a stomach complaint. Or pressure points on your feet and ankles to reduce lower back pain.
This is because of the complex pathways Qi is said to take through the body.
How Can Chinese Acupressure Massage Benefit Me?
An acupressure massage may give you significant relief from a variety of conditions.
As a Chinese acupressure massage therapist I would never claim to be able to cure or treat serious medical or psychological conditions. However, the techniques I employ may help hasten the recovery process.
Most people come away from a Chinese acupressure massage session feeling refreshed and renewed in a way that is distinctly different from an ordinary massage. It is something that has to be experienced to be appreciated.
Along with its ability to help treat variety of ailments, patients experience additional benefits of acupressure massage. It's a deeply relaxing experience and — like other types of massage — can help with:
Relieving stress, tension and anxiety
Relaxing muscles and joints
Soothing the pain and discomfort of a sports or other injury
Reducing digestive issues
Alleviating chronic pain
The therapy stimulates the body's circulatory, lymphatic and hormonal systems. It also helps the function of the immune system and the body's natural ability to heal itself.
Since the practice of acupressure involves stimulating pressure points in the body, the practice helps your mind function better. According to the beliefs of Chinese Medicine, having all your meridians unblocked helps make you calmer as your body is more capable of handling stress.
I offer acupressure massage in one hour sessions with additional time for consultation. During a consultation I will establish how your health is and any objectives you have for your health and wellbeing.
During a consultation I may take your pulse and ask to see your tongue.
Pulse and tongue diagnosis are two of the more important diagnostic tools in Chinese medicine. They are both used to derive a TCM diagnosis for your condition which I use to plan your treatment. While tongue diagnosis provides valuable clinical information, the pulse can be used to gain a deep understanding of what is happening with your health on many levels at the current time.
Why not call me and discuss any further questions you may have about acupressure massage. All initial consultations are free and a full hour of massage is £55. You can contact me on 07958578464 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or via my website at www.amandajoy.co.uk