Acupressure (Shiatsu)

What is Acupressure?

Acupressure is basically Acupuncture without using needles. It is believed to be around 5000 years old and originated in China. Because it relies on finger and thumb pressure to stimulate the acupoints, you can use it to treat yourself. Acupressure is believed to be the ‘father of Acupuncture’ in that it predates the use of needles to stimulate the body energy flow. It uses the same principles of Meridian and points as Acupuncture, but pressure is applied directly to the Acupoints of the body mainly by using the hands, fingers, thumb or knuckles and sometimes by using a smooth, blunt object. Stimulation of the bodys meridian system by touch is perhaps one of the oldest healing systems, and many other therapies use Acupressure techniques including Shen Tao, Jin Shen, Do Jin Shen, Qigong, Shiatsu and Tuina.

What does Acupressure feel like?

Its not unpleasant when done correctly and no ‘needles’ are used unlike Acupuncture, some people feel energized by the treatment, while others feel relaxed. Improper stimulation of the points, can cause soreness and pain during treatment. This is why it is important to seek treatment from a qualified Acupressure practitioner.

Is Acupressure safe?

In line with Acupuncture, the Practitioners need to be fully qualified. When not delivered properly, Acupressure could potentially cause some adverse effects, including nausea and headaches.

What can Acupressure be used to treat?

Acupressure can be used to treat:
Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia, Digestive Problems, Aches & pains, Headaches and Migraine, menstrual problems, PMS, Menopause and Fatigue symptoms.