Acupressure is an ancient healing art developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago, using the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities. When these acupressure points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s energy to aid healing.

The purpose of acupressure is to stimulate the body’s own recuperative powers by stimulating these points in specific combinations depending on the condition being treated. This stimulation removes energy blockages by diffusing the toxic build up that accumulates in the muscle tissue. The accumulation of toxins causes stiffness throughout the body. Stiffness in muscles puts abnormal pressure on nerves, blood and lymph vessels. The pressure on blood and lymph vessels affects both the skeletal systems and internal organ functioning.

How is it done?

During an acupressure session, patients typically lie fully clothed on a soft massage table (acupressure to the upper body can also be carried on a seated massage chair if needed). A treatment session typically lasts about thirty minutes to an hour and you may need several treatment sessions for the best results.

In acupressure, local symptoms are considered an expression of the whole body’s condition. A person with a tension headache, for instance, may actually be suffering from pain or stress in the shoulder and neck. The acupressure treatment will focus not only on relieving pain and discomfort, but removing the source of that pain and discomfort, before it develops into a more serious condition.

Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points and meridians, but whilst acupuncture employs needles, acupressure uses gentle but firm pressure to gently unblock key points on the body’s energy pathways to enable your body’s healing.

How does it feel?

Most people find it to be extremely relaxing. Varying levels of pressure are used on different points and can be performed on both specific points and general areas of the body. With this in mind, even in the same session, the experience can range from gentle and soothing to a penetrating “good ache” at different points. At no time is acupressure supposed to be painful.

Correctly performed, acupressure can increase circulation, reduce muscular tension and enable the body to relax. Reducing tension, in turn, strengthens the immune system and promotes wellness.