Acupressure, Shiatsu and Trigger Point Therapy
I may sometimes combine elements of Acupressure with more generalised Shiatsu massage techniques and Trigger Point Therapy for specific muscle areas.
Acupressure is a massage therapy treatment that is similar to acupuncture, but without the needles. Manual pressure is used with the fingertips on specific areas of the body. This is derived from traditional Chinese medicine which employs energy from the body called “chi”.
This energy connect with invisible parts of energy flow. These are called meridians. There are at least 14 of them that have connections with our organs. Acupressure points are situated on those meridians. Problems may when chi flow is blocked on any of the meridian points.
To alleviate that I may apply pressure to an acupressure point in one area of your body to heal another area. Some people think that pressure in one area can release endorphins, which are chemicals in a person’s body that relieve the affected area of natural pain.
What is Acupressure used to treat?
The purpose of acupressure is to relieve people of certain ailments. Some of them are:
- Menstrual cramps
- Nausea from pregnancy, surgery or chemotherapy
- Muscle tension
- Muscle pain
Using acupressure has been found to get rid of nausea symptoms. There is a certain meridian point in the wrist area where you can apply pressure to get rid of nausea.
Acupressure is conducted with the client lying on a massage table. The work is conducted through your clothing. Pressure is applied with the finger, knuckle or thumb. The pressure will be firm, but gentle in touch. Every half minute the pressure increases.
You may feel pressure during the treatment, but you should never feel pain. If you do, let me know immediately.
After the treatment, you may feel sore at those particular points and may also experience lightheadedness. Both of these are temporary side effects.
There are some people with certain ailments that shouldn’t have this treatment or they should proceed with caution:
- Pregnant women – consult your doctor
- No acupressure treatment should be done on bruises or open wounds
- Anyone that has thin blood should not do this unless advised to do so
- Bone ailments, injuries, diabetes – if a person is suffering from any of these, they should not do it unless advised to do so
Shiatsu is a Japanese massage. The word means “finger pressure”. This method uses fingers and pressure from palms of the hands. It is said to open up pathways of energy. It is also responsible for circulation improvement, relaxing muscles and gets rid of stress.
This massage is performed by adding localised pressure to the affected area using a rhythmic motion.
Trigger Point Therapy
The majority of the methods used in Trigger Point Therapy are also used in acupressure. So it make sense to use them together.
This massage therapy treatment works on treating muscles and layers of muscle attachments. This treatment is also responsible for dealing with surface muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues.
Trigger points can be found up and down the client’s body near the muscle area. For the most part, they can be found in the axial muscles. These muscles are responsible for side to side body movement. Trigger points can also be found in one than more location of the body.
There are two types of trigger points, active and latent. Active points consist of nagging pain. Latent points don’t experience pain until the affected area is pressed.
In a treatment session, there is an examination that is conducted. This examination includes focusing on the pain area and where discomfort is being felt. I will look for poor posture, and straining of the muscles.
Trigger point therapy is also used to get rid of muscle spasms and cramps.
Please do not pay for your session of Acupressure, Shiatsu and Trigger Point Therapy until we have booked your appointment in.
Sessions are 60 minutes and cost £45.
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