The science of “Acupressure”
Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of hands and feet.
Using acupressure is a great way to balance the body and maintain good health. The healing touch of acupressure reduces tension, increases circulation, and enables the body to deeply relax. By relieving stress, acupressure reduces blood pressure and strengthens resistance to disease while promoting a feeling of overall wellness. At Guo Chinese Medical Center all of our massage treatments are combined with acupressure for a more complete healing experience.
Here are some of the benefits of massage therapy
- Improves circulation
- Reduces blood pressure
- Relieves muscle tension
- Stimulates the immune system
- Relieves chronic pain
- Improves range of motion
- Improves focus and concentration
- Calms the mind
- Creates a relaxed state of alertness
- Relieves stress
- Reduces anxiety levels
Here is an example of some massage techniques that we combine with acupressure
The benefit of many techniques is that therapists can better address the many conditions of their patients.
- Swedish massage – uses a system of long gliding strokes, kneading and friction (rubbing) techniques on the top layers of muscle to promote relaxation.
- Neuromuscular therapy – applies finger pressure to “trigger points” (painful, irritated areas in muscle) in order to break the cycle of spasm or pain
- Sports massage (Deep Tissue) – is a vigorous massage of the muscles being used in athletic activity.
- Prenatal massage (Mother’s Massage) – is carefully done for women in all stages of pregnancy; movements are focused on the back, buttocks and legs to help relieve stress and aches associated with pregnancy.