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Acupressure is related to acupuncture, but utilizes specific hand-touch pressure, instead of thin needles, in patterns of the meridians, or pressure points, throughout the body. Acupressure sessions are used to relieve stress on the mind and body by increasing blood flow and decreasing pain. These types of massage techniques can help with migraines, low energy levels, and high toxicity. Acupressure is often preferred over acupuncture because it is non-evasive, there is no needle insertion. Interestingly, acupressure can trace its roots to ancient Asia, having been practiced over 5,000 years ago to heal joint and muscle injury.
Acupressure massage techniques are performed in a relaxing, soothing environment. The client lies on a massage table fully clothed, often while soft music plays to help calm the client's mind. Relaxation during acupressure is important as it allows the acupressure therapist to focus on the underlying, rather than surface stress, causes of the client's pain. Gentle pressure is applied to the body's meridians by the acupressure practitioner's fingers, elbows, and hands. The goal of acupressure massage techniques is to lessen energy blocks and increase the client's blood and lymph flow. When blood and lymph flow is circulating well, the client's energy and health is increased. This is often referred to as stimulation of the body's chi, or energy, throughout the client's body.
If you are interested in learning more about acupressure and other types of massage techniques, you can find information on classes at the Cortiva Institute.