Acupressure / Shiatsu Massage
Acupressure massage is an ancient Chinese healing art that uses the fingers to press specific key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural curative abilities. It is a way of accessing and releasing blocked or congested energy centers in the body. Chinese cultures believe the points to be junctures of meridian pathways that carry energy called chi. Western scientists have also mapped out and proven the existence of these points using electrical devices. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force (sometimes known as qi or chi) to aid healing. Acupressure massage uses the gentle but firm pressure of the hands (and even feet). Acupressure massage can be effective in helping relieve headaches, eye strain, sinus problems, ulcer pain, menstrual cramps, lower backaches, constipation and indigestion. The healing touch of acupressure massage reduces tension, increases circulation and enables the body to relax deeply. Be relieving stress, acupressure massage strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness. A tension headache, for instance, may be rooted in the shoulder and neck are. Thus, acupressure massage focuses on relieving pain and discomfort, as well as responding to tension before it develops into a disease-before the constrictions and imbalances can do further damage. The origins of acupressure massage are as ancient as the instinctive impulse to hold your forehead or temples when you have a headache. Everyone at one time or another has used their hands spontaneously to hold tense or painful places on the body.
Acupressure massage therapy stimulates and activates the body’s own energies to help fight illness and restore harmony. Some of the acupressure massage points are significant as they relate to a specific part of the body while others are more general in the effect. Acupressure massage therapy can also be used for general preventative health care.