Acupressure is a form of Chinese medicine,
it uses the
fingers to press key acupressure points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's
natural self healing abilities. Acupressure is applied with pressure from the
hands and fingers to the acupuncture points without needles. The Chinese have been using acupressure for over 5,000 years.
How does Acupressure work ?
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Acupressure point are
places on the skin that are especially sensitive to bioelectrical impulses in
the body. Chinese cultures believe the points to be junctures of meridian
pathways that carry energy called chi the Japanese call it ki.
Western scientists have also mapped out and proven the existence of these
points using electrical devices.
These points can be stimulated
with pressure, needles, or heat to release endorphins that relive pain, as a
result pain is blocked the blood and oxygen flow is increased causing muscles to
relax and healing to accelerate.
Types of Acupressure
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There are many different types of acupressure, and each practitioner
may draw from a variety of methods. One of the most popular is
shiatsu, a Japanese technique based on ancient Chinese principles.
Practitioners of Zen shiatsu use their whole bodies as leverage to
apply strong pressure. Barefoot shiatsu practitioners bring the feet
into play, as well as the hands, to rub and press acupressure points.
In the Chinese acupressure variation known as Tui Na, practitioners
use their hands for massage like kneading motions.
Reflexology is a type of acupressure that
involves pressure points on the feet and sometimes the hands.
Benefits of Acupressure
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Balancing the body
people have reported success using acupressure to relieve pain,
reduce muscle tension, and promote relaxation. A number have found
the therapy especially helpful for easing back pain and for certain
types of headaches, including migraine. Post-operative pain and
nausea has been found to respond to pressure point massage. Chronic
sinusitis sufferers have also found it useful for easing congestion.
Although research results are mixed, acupressure is also commonly
used for morning sickness, motion sickness, and other types of
Some people find that treatments improve their overall
vitality and well-being.
The Acupressure Treatment
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During a treatment, which can last anywhere from 15 minutes to nearly an hour
depending on the severity of the problem, an acupressure therapist may have
you sit or lie on a massage table. Some acupressure therapists will work
through clothing; others will ask you to undress (you will be covered with a
therapist will then locate and work on the specific acupoints that relate to
your condition. Pressing a point behind your knee, for example, can help
address low back pain. Or pressing a point on the top of the foot may help
ease the pain of migraine.
Typically, the therapist will press each point for about three to ten seconds
(longer in some cases). The points may be pressed and released repeatedly. If
the problem doesn't respond after about 20 to 30 minutes of treatment,
acupressure may not be effective for you on that particular day, or for that
After a treatment, you will probably feel looser and more relaxed. You may
experience a slight achiness, but you shouldn't be in pain. Within three to
eight visits, you should know whether the treatment is working for your
ailment. Stress management usually requires a series of about six regular
(weekly or monthly) treatments.
percussion light medium or strong pressure
this is done with the thumb.
used on the hands
striking with the flat of the hand using medium force.
tips of the fingers on loose hand, brought down as strike.
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Self-acupressure has been performed in Asia for
thousands of years. There are a wide range of books and videotapes on
the subject so that people can learn how to self-perform acupressure
in the comfort of their own homes.
It is a cost-effective treatment and no special
equipment is required, all you need is a finger ! You can use
fingertips, knuckles, or thumbs to press you can also buy items that
press for you.
It can be
performed alone anywhere any time. You doesn't need to practice at a
particular time of the day to experience its effects.
body and each area of the body requires a different amount of pressure. If it
hurts a lot when you apply pressure on a point, then use lighter pressure. The
calves, the face, and genital areas are sensitive. The back, buttocks, and
shoulders, especially if the musculature is developed, usually need deeper,
Press for around 1 to 5 minutes on any points you are
treating and give an equal time to the same point on each side of the
body, as in fact you may experience discomfort on one side when the
problem is actually on the other side. Use moderate pressure dont try
to drill a hole in yourself but also just resting a finger on an
acupoint won't have much effect.
Caution: As with all the therapies on this website
consult your doctor before you administer any treatments. See a
qualified acupuncturist first and discuss possible acupoints.
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Basic acupressure points are as follows:
- In Yong "Welcome Human"
– For high blood pressure
- Jung Boo "Center of
Gathering" – For common cold, cough, & asthma
- Dan Chung "Middle of
Chest" – For asthma, high blood pressure & lack of milk
- Ki Moon "Door of
Expectation" – For rib pains and lack of milk
- Il Wol "Sun and Moon" –
For gall bladder ailments
- Jung Wan "Midway" – For
Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Sang Moon "Hurried
Pulse" – For abdominal pain and vomiting
- Chung Choo "Celestial
Pivot" – Abdominal pain and diarrhea
- Ki Hae "Ocean of Energy"
– For stomach pains, diarrhea, menstrual irregularities and constipation
- Gwan Won "Gate of Origin" – For frigidity,
impotence & menstrual
- Um Youm "Clear Um/Yin" –
For menstrual irregularities & frigidity
- Pyung Shi "Market of the Wind"
– For circulation of the legs and tired legs
- Yang Kwon "Gate of Yang" –
For fevers and paralysis of the legs
- Im Rip "Almost Crying" –
For menstrual irregularities, ringing in the ears & foot pains
- Yang Goo "On the Hill" –
For stomach pains, cramps and arthritis in the knee
- Jok Sam Ri "3 More Miles"
– For general well-being
- Nae Ching "Inner Garden" –
For toothaches and stomach aches
- Jung Bong "Middle Seal" –
For arthritis in the ankle
- Tae Chung "Supreme
Thoroughfare" – For headaches and dizziness
- Hyel Hae "Ocean of Blood"
– For itch, allergic eczema, hives, & menstrual irregularities
- Un Nung Chun "Um/Yin
Mountain Pond" – For pain in the knee
- Chuk Tack "In the Groove"
– For cough, elbow pain and labored breathing
- Yel Kyel – For common
colds, headaches and Bell’s palsy
- Tae Yen "Supreme Abyss" –
For labored breathing, cough, and pharyngitis
- So Sang "Young Merchant" –
For sore throat, cough, pharyngitis, hand spasms, & tired arms
- Nae Kwan "Inside Gate" –
For nausea, vomiting, insomnia and palpitations
- No Gung "Palace of
Anxiety" – For exhaustion
- Shin Moon "Divine Gate" – For
irritability and insomnia
A sequence of Oriental massage techniques
to improve health, energy flow and reduce tension. Developed from a traditional
shiatsu style technique and adapted for use in offices and clinics, etc.
Received through the clothes, without oils on an ergonomically designed chair.
Acupressure points are located throughout the body on meridian lines, these are
stimulated with finger and elbow pressure. Kneading, percussive movements,
mobilisation techniques and stretching are also used. This approach will balance
the flow of energy throughout the body as well as stimulating the muscular,
nervous, lymphatic, immune and circulatory systems, leaving the client calm,
relaxed yet energised and clearly focused in as little as 20 minutes.
The Acupressure Massage Practitioner Training Course is available to anyone who
has a recognised qualification in anatomy, physiology and bodywork, such as
massage, reflexology, sports massage, aromatherapy, shiatsu and some fitness
training qualifications also accepted.
Comprehensive course material is provided.