Written by Elizabeth A Cinney

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. 


By Elizabeth A Cinney

Cupping is the inverse of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue, and muscles upward.

Cupping involves placing glass jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The tissue is pulled into the cup. Usually a tight sensation will be felt in the area of the cup and may be moved around or left in place. They may remain on your body briefly or for longer amounts of time. Some common areas to cup are the back, legs, shoulder cuffs, or other fleshy areas of the body.

Cupping causes SHA or stagnant QI to be dispersed from the body.  The skin will temporarily change to red or purple depending on the level of blockage. The skin discoloration will last a few days to a week.  Once the cupping marks have cleared, the procedure may be repeated until the condition or ailment is resolved.


Cupping targets soft tissue with pressure applied to pain points, injuries, and areas of swelling. This helps to increase blood flow and give the tissues important nutrients and oxygen. It helps release tissues deep within the body, reprogram nerve damage, relax tense muscles and ease stiffness that’s often associated with neck and back pain, shoulder injuries, migraines and rheumatism.


Poor circulation can lead to buildup of toxins inside of the body’s tissues. Cupping helps stagnation improve, while the blood rushing to the area that’s being treated carries away toxins. Along with those toxins, it helps to clear dead cells and other debris.

All of these elements are then expelled naturally, through the skin or lymphatic system.  Drinking plenty of water after a cupping session is supportive for flushing away those impurities and promoting better health.


Inflammation is part of the body’s defense mechanism, which helps kick things into action to help heal illness and injury. Cupping therapy works much the same way by drawing blood to the affected area so that new blood vessels can be created. It helps to heal knots and adhesions, which is why so many athletes have been turning to this therapy. It helps their body to recover faster from intense workout sessions.

Always looking for methods to naturally improve health and performance, more athletes have turned to cupping. Tennis ace Andy Murray said he used cupping in conjunction with other treatments to relieve stiffness and to help address a back injury.  

You may have noticed a bunch of athletes at the Rio Olympics with large red circles all over their skin, including 19-time Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps and American swimmer Natalie Coughlin.  

It seems to be working.  The gymnastics team captain, Chris Brooks, and American gymnast Alex Naddourr have also been seen with cupping marks.  

Referring to the practice, Naddour told USA Today, “That’s been the secret that I have had through this year that keeps me healthy. It’s been better than any money I’ve spent on anything else.”  

The U.S. men’s gymnastics team finished second during the qualifying round at the 2016 Olympics, and swim team members Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian, who also uses cupping, managed to secure gold medals in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay.


Elizabeth A Cinney offers clients the opportunity to relieve injuries through Acupressure and Cupping in Westlake Village, Ca office or at your home.  She offers clients a unique perspective with being an equestrian, horse owner, and 19 years’ experience providing Acupressure for people & horses.