Acupressure is an alternative treatment to Acupuncture. It can also be combined with acupuncture especially for sensitive areas. It is great for treating children, anxious, frail adults or adults who aren't keen to try acupuncture.. Or for those times when you are feeling more sensitive.
Acupressure is a gentle yet powerful technique used either as an alternative to acupuncture or as a additional treatment mode.
Points on the 12 energy channels are selected and gentle pressure or tapping is applied combined with clear intention by the pracititioner.
Acupressure is especially good for sensitive people and children - whose energy can be strengthened and re-harmonised much faster than adults and for people who are nervous of acupuncture. It is similar but more gentle than Shiatsu as it doesn't involve rotations and fewer change of position for treatment..
Acupressure can feel stronger than acupuncture or more gentle depending on the technique of the practitioner and the needs of the Feedback is encouraged to achieve the comfortable pressure. Intention and focus is fundamental to this the technique similar to Shiatsu.
Deep relaxation is usually a wonderful side effect of both these treatments. This feeling normally lasts beyond the treatment. Best advice after treatment is wherever possible to relax afterwards or slow down which ever activities need to be finished that day. Avoidance of sports, lifting, running. Good food, relaxation and rest is a good idea, to maximise the calming and regenerative effects of these treatments; the best way to spend the rest of the day or evening.
Shiatsu massage developed as a fusion of traditional Chinese medicine and Japanese and western anatomical physiology. Shiatsu massage uses hara (traditional abdominal diagnosis), and visual scanning to diagnose our subtle imbalances.
Shiatsu is a grounding and rejuvenating treatment for the mind, body and spirit. Through visual energetic scanning and hara diagnosis, subtle imbalances are diagnosed leading to treatment. Often treatment will be on a futon or low couch given through loose, comfortable, warm clothes ideally natural fibres. Although Shiatsu is a contact therapy, it is through cloth not directly on the skin as with other forms of massage.
Shiatsu therapy gently & effectively helps to realign your bone structure, joints, tendons & muscles.. A shiatsu therapist may use thumbs, fingers, palms, elbows, knees and even feet to apply pressure to specific points along meridians - invisible channels beneath the skin. Stretches and rotations are used to help loosen the joints and limbs and open-up the energy channels.
This use of the practitioner's body to stimulates blood circulation and lymphatic flow around the patient's body, gently freeing and releasing stagnant energy and blood in the skin and muscles.
Shiatsu therapy works by removing blockages in the energy channels. There are the meridian lines through which our chi- energy flows. There are 12 extended meridians which connect the lungs, heart, spleen, liver, gall bladder, kidney and bladder, small intestine and large intestine. The aim is to get the chi flowing evenly throughout the energy channels, bringing our mind-body-spirit back into internal balance.
Similar to Acupuncture and Acupressure, Shiatsu re-balances our vital energy which determines our day-to-day energy levels, our vitality and our immunity - our resistance to disease. Shiatsu & Acupressure help stimulate circulation, improve our immune system, reduce stress levels and treat specific body aches and pains. The aim of shiatsu massage is to re-balance our qi energy, which strengthens our vitality and our immunity.
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