Chinese Acupressure Massage
Used for thousands of years in China acupressure applies the same principles as acupuncture to promote relaxation and wellness and to treat disease. Acupressure is often thought of as simply acupuncture without the needles.
Acupressure is just one of a number of Asian bodywork therapies (ABT). Traditional Chinese medical theory describes acupoints that lie along meridians, or channels in your body. These are the same energy meridians and acupoints, as those used in acupuncture. It is believed that through these invisible channels flows vital energy or life force called Qi or Chi. It is also believed that these 12 major meridians connect specific organs or networks of organs, organizing a system of communication throughout your body. The meridians begin at different locations in your body, connect to your brain, and then connect to an organ associated with a certain meridian.
According to this theory, when one of these meridians is blocked or out of balance, illness can occur. Acupressure helps to restore balance to mind, body and spirit. It helps to reduce muscle tension, reduces stress and anxiety, combat fatigue, improve circulation and stimulation of endorphins which are natural pain relievers. It also addresses low back pain, postoperative pain and headaches.
Acupuncture massage is not designed to treat specific illnesses. It is a holistic treatment designed to help enhance your body's ability to heal itself. It is also used as an adjunct to conventional medical treatments, as a way to help hasten the healing process and improve a patient's sense of well being.
For more information visit the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia at www.aobta.org.