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What is Chinese Acupressure Massage?

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Last Updated Aug 21, 2020

What is Chinese acupressure massage? How is it different from Chinese acupuncture? What are the differences between acupressure massage and an ordinary massage? Chinese acupressure massage originated from the ancient medicinal art of acupuncture. In order to fully understand how it works, it is important to understand some of the basic principles of acupuncture.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the health of the body depends on the flow of vital life energy, called Qi (or Ki), throughout the body. This energy passes through a system of “meridians” in the body. The Chinese acupuncturists have meticulously mapped out  these meridians which are associated with their corresponding vital organs. The acupuncturist inserts needles in the specific meridians which balances the flow of Qi. When Qi is balanced, it is believed that the symptoms for health disorders are relieved and you return to your healthy state of well-being.

What Is Acupressure Massage?

The difference between acupuncture and acupressure is the use of needles. Acupuncture uses needles while acupressure uses gentle or deep pressure to the meridians. The acupressure massage therapist may perform one or more of the following ways, depending on your preference and the assessment of your needs:

  • Using fingers or thumbs in applying pressure to targeted points.
  • The practitioner may also use his elbows, knees or even feet for certain treatments.
  • Sometimes, a special blunt instrument is used for certain procedures

The practitioner applies pressure in a targeted point being treated in a circular motion or may knead the muscles or use rapid percussion. The effectiveness of the treatment does not depend on the amount of pressure applied to the aries. Some clients prefer less pressure and some more. The practitioner adjusts the technique to adapt and accommodate the personal comfort level of the client. Aside from targeting the meridians, the practitioner may also use other traditional remedial massage techniques in relieving muscle stiffness and eliminating built up toxins from the body.

What Does Acupressure Massage Treat?

Acupuncture massage is not designed to treat specific health conditions. It is a holistic alternative treatment designed to help improve the body's ability to heal itself. Some common complaints many people have found relief from include:

  • Headaches
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Back Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle Soreness

Acupressure can also be used as an addition to conventional medical treatments,  as a way to speed up the healing process and improve your sense of well-being. You can choose the length of time and the type of treatment to be received from a short relaxing head and neck treatment which usually lasts about 20 minutes to a full body acupressure massage that can last for about an hour. Afterwards, you will probably be advised by the practitioner to drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins from the body. Most people come away feeling totally refreshed and relaxed and often experience relief from underlying disorders.

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Originally published on Jun 10, 2011

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