Acupressure is literally a hands on approach to full balance of body, mind, and spirit. Acupressure melds Traditional Chinese Medicine with soft tissue techniques. The application of acupressure is a systematic approach. A session starts and ends with a discussion where observations, communication, palpation, pulse and tongue reading are done to get an overall view of disharmonies in, and adjustments to, the system. Through this time, we are able to create a plan or intention for this session and beyond.
REASON #1- Acupressure is so much more than just massage!
Acupressure addresses the whole body, the mind, and ones’ spirit. Great change, deep change, permanent change is attained through this therapy. Acupressure can let one experience balance or homeostasis within the whole system; muscle tissue, joints, fluids, blood, internal organs, as well as emotions.
Acupressure has at least 108 physical points where finger pressure can access Qi channels, which is essentially the energy that ‘runs’ the body. There are a multitude of techniques applied for release, and you don’t need to know what all these are to receive a powerful session!! Some of these techniques are: Reflexology, Deep Tissue, Tuina, Chu-a-ca, and Chi Ne Tsang, Tonal Healing Sounds, and Fire Cupping. Application of traditional Chinese medicine theories to acupressure are numerous; 5 Element Theory, Yin/Yang, Zeng-Fu, Ko-Cycle to name a few. Your Therapist should have great knowledge of all of these techniques and theories, plus the ability to put the plan/intention into action and smooth/correct the flow of Qi.
Reason #2- Keep Training
Acupressure allows the client to maintain a sense of wholeness while disruptions are balanced. For a very significant or long term injury, acupressure is often best utilized through multiple sessions. Think of an onion which has many layers between the skin to the center. An acupressure session will peel back a few layers of disharmony and rebalance the core in the process, as opposed to chopping right down to the core, which will not rebalance the core.
By using acupressure in this way, we are able to still function with strength. This application is extremely beneficial to athletes. Immediately after an acupressure session, the athlete is still able to work and utilize the strength built through physical training; however, the athlete is instantly more balanced and able to perform in his/her renewed state.
Reason #3- An Acupressurist devotes many hours to study
There is so much more power utilized in an acupressure session when the therapist practices the study of Qi. Yoga, Qi Gong, and Healing Tao meditations are a way to feed and balance ones whole self. These meditations offer maximum physical and spiritual protections. When your therapist applies this knowledge within the session … great shifts and changes happen. In the Chinese Qi Gong Massage Manual, Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming states, “The correct definition of Qi Gong is any training or study dealing with Qi which takes a long time and a lot of effort.” This type of dedication and effort will always flow into your healing session and provide a deeper and more complete healing.
About the author: Elizabeth A Cinney offers her clients a unique perspective by being an equestrian, a horse owner, and she has been providing acupressure for horses and people since 1998. Elizabeth devotes time to yoga, meditation, and Qi Gong to better serve herself and her clients. She has offices in Westlake Village and Moorpark, California at Whole Frog Wellness Centers.
Elizabeth’s acupressure sessions are tailored to each individual client in point selection, technique, pressure, and desired experience. Sessions include an integration of Therapeutic and Transformational Techniques, Tongue and Pulse analysis, Fire Cupping, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Guasha, Moxabustion, Jin Shin Chelation (Chakra Balancing), and/or Chi Ne Tsang (Emotional Release/Internal Organ Massage).
Elizabeth’s forte is working with horse and rider combinations to increase overall partnership functionality, cohesion and longevity, compassionately guiding each body’s recovery to long lasting health. She serves Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara, California counties with Equine Acupressure Sessions. An expansion of services into Upstate New York and Wellington, Florida are in manifestation for 2019.