What IS acupressure?
Acupressure is believed to have orginated in Asia over 5,000 years ago. One of the most interesting things I've read said that in China, soldiers reported actually feeling better after battles using sticks and stones, some even reporting the healing of years-old conditions. Indeed, perhaps the oldest written document about internal medicine is the Huang Ti Nei Ching.
Acupressure is a general term these days, meaning basically that your practitioner or therapist will use to pressure to stimulate key points on the surface of the skin.
Acupressure is part of a holistic, or interdependent, philosophy of health. Acupressure takes many forms, but at their heart, most of them revolve around the some of the centuries-old elements that are embedded in yoga, martial arts, and acupuncture – awareness, energy, balance, and flow. Acupressure works to maintain these things within our cells, our selves, and our surroundings.
How is acupressure different from acupuncture?
Acupressure is distinguished first from acupuncture in that acupuncture uses needles to stimulate points, while acupressure uses any variety of stimulation techniques at the surface of the skin using the mainly the fingers, hands, arms, and feet of the practitioner.
What are the benefits of acupressure?
If you think about it, you will realize that quite often we give ourselves acupressure! What is the first thing we do when we kick the coffee table ( do, not say!), or feel a headache coming on, or sit in the car too long? We give attention to those areas - rubbing our sore leg, or head, rubbing our stiff back.
~~~~Benefits of Acupressure and Massage may include:~~~~
*Increased awareness *Increased relaxation
*Improved circulation *Improved sleep
*Improved removal of wastes *Improved breathing
*Improved flexibility *Improved digestion
*Improved emotional and mental health due to relief of stress and tension that come as a result of all of the above!
Please Note: I do not wish to imply that acupressure and massage are replacements for "western medicine", but instead are an invaluable component of self-care that should include exercise, proper posture, nutrition, relaxation, and awareness.
What should I expect for my massage?
All of the styles that I offer are performed with the client fully clothed, and mostly without the use of oils (face, foot and hand massages may be the exceptions). Whenever possible, body work is performed in the traditional manner, on a mat on the floor.
Prepare for your massage appointment by wearing (or bringing) full- or knee length pants and a long-sleeved or at least sleeved shirt that are loose and comfortable.
I prefer to give Thai and Ashiatsu sessions that are two hours in length, although I do offer an hour and a half session for those who desire a bit shorter session. Please contact me if you have any concerns or questions regarding session duration.
How often should I get a massage?
As often as feels good. When in Thailand, I regularly had more than one massage a week!
Not to be considered a luxury in any way, massage is an important and ancient way to relieve stress and tension due to physical, emotional,mental, spiritual, or energetic causes. Many traditions believe that the body knows best, and that the client and practitioner canwork together to support its healing and growth. Where does your own hand go when you have a headache?
Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax, if you choose. You will lie on a mat on the floor.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable, breathe. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.