In traditional Chinese Medicine, the circulating life force in the body—known a Chi—is balanced by stimulating its healthy flow along energy pathways called meridians. Acupressure practitioners utilize finger and elbow pressure on the same meridian points that are stimulated with needles in Acupuncture. Acupressure can be practiced with the client keeping clothing on.
There is elongation of the muscle fibers during treatment, which contributes to the release of toxins and waste materials in the tissues, and an increase in the circulation of oxygenated blood, promoting cellular nutrition and stronger resistance to disease. Acupressure is used to increase blood circulation, remove toxins from the tissues, relieve pain, and treat many conditions including muscular aches, sinus congestion, headaches, menstrual difficulties, and discomforts of pregnancy and labor. Through acupressure, the body is re-balanced, prompting a reduction in psychological and emotional tensions and a stronger sense of body awareness.
At Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto, acupressure bodywork is provided by Elaine Wang, CMT.