Acupressure is the technique of applying physical pressure to acupuncture points on the body to stimulate the flow of energy. Using finger pressure rather than needles, acupressure utilizes the same principles and points as acupuncture to stimulate and restore the flow of energy. This technique is frequently used to release muscular tension and pain, and to promote the circulation of blood and vital energy, or "Qi" (pronounced "chee") to aid in healing.
Various style of acupressure massage are available. For example, Shiatsu is a well-known style of massage that incorporates the finger-pressure techniques of acupressure. The Jin Shin Jyutsu style of bodywork is a gentle and highly developed form of acupressure therapy. Tui Na is a Chinese style of bodywork that utilizes acupressure points and involves a more rigorous and stimulating technique.
Acupressure can be self-applied or administered through pressure point massage methods, and it can offer a gentle treatment tool for small children. We offer acupressure treatments and commonly incorporate them into the acupuncture treatment sessions. Be sure to ask us about points that may be self-applied to assist in your healing.