Acupressure massage is a Traditional Chinese Medicine bodywork technique based on the same principles as acupuncture, that is to say regulating the body’s vital energy (Qi, Chi, Ki) to restore balance and promote self-healing through the use of specific energy points and channels, but by the use of pressure and massage instead of fine needles. Tui Na, which literally means ‘Push and Grasp’ is a style of acupressure, it is often used to focus on areas of specific concern and is generally considered to be more medical and remedial. Tui Na involves the use of both deep tissue and lighter techniques, it can be used as a therapy in its own right or as part of a holistic acupressure treatment.
Acupressure, like acupuncture has been practiced for over 5000 years. Oils are not used in acupressure, the massage is performed through light clothing. Acupressure massage promotes the release of endorphins which help relieve pain and increase blood flow to the muscles and internal organs (via acupuncture channel connections). It quietens the sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system and promotes parasympathetic function. The parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) has nerve fibres which originate in the cranial (top) and sacral (bottom) areas of the spine, including the vagus nerve which plays a major role in regulating the heart rate, keeping the gastrointestinal tract in working order and carrying sensory information between the internal organs and the brain. When the PNS is stimulated our bodies are in a ‘calm and healing mode’ and restorative functions can operate more effectively. Interestingly the spine and meridians (acupuncture channels) running parallel to it are an area where we find major acupuncture points connecting to our internal organs and physiological systems such as digestion and respiration. It is perhaps then unsurprising that many acupressure massage techniques are focused around the neck, back and shoulders as these are not only areas where many of us hold muscle tension but also where deeper internal connections are made. Although of course the precise details of each massage treatment will depend on the individual needs and requirements of the client.
Acupressure can help a wide variety of conditions; relax tight stiff muscles, aid in recovery from sports injuries or RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury, pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons due to repetitive movement and over use). It is also great for relieving stress and resolving tension on both physical and emotional levels. It encourages the release of lactic acid that builds up when we suffer from fatigue and trauma. It promotes good circulation and a healthy immune system, and can improve sleep quality, mental clarity and general wellbeing. It is also just a lovely way to enjoy a little relaxation and ‘me time’ which we all need in our busy lives.
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