Acupressure & DeepTissue Massage
What is Acupressure and Deep Tissue Massage?
Acupressure or Tui Na (pronounced Twee Naa) is an ancient form of Chinese massage. It involves applying pressure to certain points on the body and is very similar to western Deep Tissue Massage. The main areas of difference are:
Chinese Medicine perceives the body as a system that is kept in a dynamic state of balance by the flow of Qi (or electro magnetic energy) through the body. These channels of Qi travel beneath the skin and pass through different organs and muscle groups. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a wide range of things, such as infection, trauma, emotional difficulties, poor diet and life style.
No oils are used and treatment can be given through loose clothing.
Diagnosis is structured within the context of Chinese Medicine.
A range of techniques may be used from very gentle pressure to deep tissue release, alongside joint rotation, shaking, stretching and cupping.
What are the Benefits of Acupressure Massage?
RAcupressure and Massage has a deeply relaxing effect on the body. Some of the main proven benefits are:
- Alleviates Pain, improves range of motion and increases joint flexibility. There is an increase of endorphins – these are natural pain killers
- An increase of oxygen and nutrients into soft tissue and vital organs: improves circulation, lowers blood pressure and heart rate
- Helps reduce feelings of anxiety , depression and emotional difficulty
- Reduces spasms, cramping, post surgical adhesions and swelling. Exercises and stretches weak tight or atrophied muscles
- Helps athletes at any level prepare for and recover from strenuous workouts
What happens during A Treatment?
You will be asked:
- If you have any main symptoms or areas of concern you would like the treatment to focus on
- What treatment or medication you may have had or still be undergoing
- About your general health and lifestyle
The practitioner will also look at:
- Any physical problems you may be having in more detail: location and variation of discomfort, check range of motion etc
- Your posture in a passive and active state
- Firstly with ensuring the patient is in a comfortable position
- Acupressure starts with a gentle warm up of the areas that are going to be worked on- often alongside the spine or legs
- The pressure of touch increases – but NOT to the level of causing pain. Where possible deep layers of muscle and soft tissue are released by using the correct level of pressure and movement.
Can Acupressure be used alongside Acupuncture?
Yes. Acupressure has a long history of being used before or after an acupuncture treatment. This often improves treatment outcomes and gives the practitioner a greater understanding of a patient’s structure.
Can Acupressure help prevent re-occurring pain and injuries?
Yes. In sport and every day life our habitual patterns of movement create a muscle memory that defines our posture.
Gradually some muscle groups become excessive- the tissue is tight, knotted and /or scarred, while other areas become passive- deficient, slack and/or lacking tone. Given time and regular treatment ( usually weekly then as things improve less frequently) our muscle memory and structure improve. This leads to:-
- The tight areas becoming more supple and the weaker areas becoming stronger
- Our bodies moving in a more fluid and effective way
- Consequently injuries are less likely to occur.
Can I have Acupressure if I am pregnant?
Yes. Acupressure can help during pregnancy and labour.
- Reduces aches and pains, stress and anxiety
- Helps improve circulation
- Can help sleep and postural awareness
- Help connect with the baby
Treatment position: in a comfortable position i.e. lying on side or in a specialist massage chair- designed to support the back and give space for the abdomen.
Husbands and birth partners can also be trained in acupressure to use during labour. These techniques are excellent for reducing labour pains as well as helping increase/decrease the rate of contractions.
Can I have Acupressure if I have Arthritis?
Yes. Recent studies have shown that regular treatment can;
- Reduce muscle pain and stiffness
- Increase a greater range of movement
- Improve hand grip strength and overall joint function
Areas of extreme pain or sensitivity are always approached with care. If necessary these areas can be treated
Indirectly using trigger points (areas further along a muscle / nerve that will have an effect on the painful area.)
By using gentle touch- that encourages internal movement.