Acupressure is a technique used in many types of bodywork including Western Massage and Thai Yoga Massage. Long ago, Asian cultures discovered the location of energy pathways that are very close to the surface of the body. These energy pathways are called meridians in Chinese medicine, nadis in Ayurveda and Sen lines in Thai Massage. It is believed that life force flows through these pathways. If there is a blockage, it will result in illness. When pressure is applied to these energy channels the body’s natural healing state is stimulated and toxic build-up is diffused. When blood and lymph fluids are allowed to flow freely, skeletal systems and internal organ functioning improves.
Acupressure has been shown to relieve the symptoms of sciatica, back pain, and osteoarthritis. It has been shown to eliminate digestive disorders, such as, diarrhea, nausea and constipation. In addition, the client finds that they are in an overall better state of well-being by reducing the affects of modern ills, such as anxiety, stress and insomnia.
It is important to note that it is not necessarily the amount of pressure that matters, rather the location of contact is key. A client may request more pressure, particularly for sore muscles, but the benefit of acupressure does not depend on the amount of pressure. Practitioners may incorporate the use of their elbows, feet and knees to access other points on the body. Each of us can take advantage of the benefits of acupressure by figuring out where these points exist on our own bodies and applying even pressure.
Next time you get a massage, ask your therapist about the ancient practice of acupressure.
Learn to use acupressure by enrolling to our massage therapy program consisting of Western and Thai massage techniques.