Acupressure is a form of Chinese medicine and was created in Asia over 5000 years ago. It is based on the principle that a form of energy called Chi also known as Qi or Life-force energy, flows through a series of 14 channels called meridians and seven central points called Chakras, which are all interconnected.
Each Meridian supplies a specific organ and different area of the body with the correct flow and intensity of Chi.
Acupressure is a non-invasive form of Acupuncture where pressure, tapping or light touch is applied to pressure points along the meridians to restore and balance the flow of Chi.
What are the benefits of Acupressure?
When the flow of Chi is balanced and free flowing these energy systems help promote health, vitality, and longevity.
However, factors such as poor diet, stress, unhealthy lifestyle habits, lack of exercise and illness, create blocks and imbalances, which are believed to manifest as physical, mental, and emotional aliments.
The applications of Acupressure are applicable for a wide range of varied health conditions. It helps to release tension from muscle fibres and supports the release of endorphins (brain chemicals that dampen down pain). It is therefore popular for conditions such as headaches, migraines, back ache, fibromyalgia, motion sickness, digestive issues, stress, period pain, poor sleep patterns and arthritis.
Acupressure is also grabbing some attention from the natural beauty arena since stimulating specific Acupressure points on the face and head can help to improved facial muscle tone and promote youthful skin. For some Acupressure is a great alternative to Acupuncture as it utilises touch instead of Acupuncture needles.
What does a typical Acupressure session look like?
First, you will discuss your health history and your main health complaints before assessing your pulse and tongue, which provide a map of the energy imbalances needing to be addressed.
Wear clothing that allows access to your knees, lower legs, and arms where most of the Acupressure points are found.
Once you are lying on a treatment couch the therapist will apply touch techniques such as gentle massage, tapping or gentle pressure to various Acupressure points to help re-balance the flow of Chi through the meridians.
You may also receive some diet and lifestyle guidelines to follow in-between appointments.
How do I find a specialist that suits me?
As with many alternative and conventional medicine disciplines, some therapists become established in specific areas of health.
Connecting with the practitioner before booking will help establish if the therapist you are interested in is equipped, and a good match for your health conditions or health goals. It is also worth mentioning how mobile and flexible you are as some practitioners combine Shiatsu techniques with Acupressure to address imbalances.
Shiatsu can involve a considerable amount of movement, whereby you are placed in almost Yoga like positions to help energise the meridians.