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Discussion Bullet Points (scroll down for illustrations)
What is Acupressure?
Acupressure to many will appear to be similar to Acupuncture and you're correct.
The initial difference you might notice is the fact that we use our fingers to access the Acupoints rather than a needle. Acupoints accessed in Acupressure are the same as those used in Acupuncture.
In Acupressure we do so by pressing on the Acupoint using our fingers in order to separate the outer layer of dry skin cells.
Acupressure in some cases is taught to a client so that they can continue their treatments at home between visits to your practitioner. Some restrictions apply to with your practitioner.
self-Acupressure so discuss your particular situation
What does Acupressure Do?
The purpose for accessing Acupoints is to remove blockages located within a meridian.
A blockage within a meridian implies that the proper flow of bioelectricity has been interrupted and as a result the organ connected to that meridian is starved of bioelectricity. This usually leads to illness.
Meridians are located all over our body and are connected to our major organs. See illustrations below.
How long is an Acupressure Session?
At our clinic, Acupressure is applied along with our other treatment modalities and not as single treatment. You will receive Acupressure treatments as required based on your treatment plan.
Plan for your session to last one hour.
What to Expect after an Acupressure Session?
We recommend that you do not return to any activity that will require activity to the degree that you won't be relaxed. After any treatment, you should relax to such a degree that you allow the treatment to take hold, so to speak, and not interrupt the healing process to take place. The best thing to do, is to listen to your body and just chill out.
After a treatment, most of our clients feel relaxed, calm and some even go home and take a nap. In most cases, your body temperature will be lower so be aware and stay warm.
Are there any contraindications regarding Acupressure?
Acupressure is contraindicated in the following cases:
Acute Diseases, Serious Diseases (late stages of Cancer, Heart Disease), Hemorrhagic Diseases (Hemophilia) and Severe Skin Diseases.
Do not apply self-acupressure if you're pregnant, just gave birth and/or you wear a pace maker.
The 12 Major Meridians
Acupoint End Points at the Foot
Acupoint End Points at the Hands