Acupressure – Chair Massage

History of acupressure

Shiatsu Massage.2jpgAcupressure is an ancient therapy, part of traditional Chinese/Asian medicine. Unlike acupuncture, acupressure is non invasive; it uses pressure instead of needles where pressure is applied to specific points on the surface of the skin (acupoints) – the same points as used in acupuncture.

As with acupuncture, this form of therapy is based on theories of ”life energy” or chi where it is believed that chi flows through the body
along pathways called meridians.

There are 14 meridians corresponding to the body’s organs. Where energy (chi) flow is blocked along the meridians, this leads to an imbalance in the body, and thus, illness. In Chinese medicine it is believed that individuals can restore their own health by taking personal responsibility, by using the relevant acupressure point(s), and by having regular massage treatments.

How acupressure works

Acupressure treatments involve the stretching and massaging of the body by the practitioner’s use of their fingers, palms, elbows or feet, or special devices to apply pressure to the body’s acupoints.

During an acupressure session, you lie fully clothed on a soft massage table or floor mattress. The practitioner gently presses on acupressure points on your body. A session acupressuretypically lasts about one hour. Several regular sessions give optimal results.

The goal of acupressure or other types of Asian bodywork is to restore balance to the body's channels of energy and to regulate opposing forces of yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy).

Regular treatments reduce muscle tension, improve the body’s circulation, and stimulate production of endorphins, which are natural pain relievers.

Benefits to Acupressure massage:

  • Boost the immune system
  • Eliminates toxic waste build-up in the body
  • Stimulate the lymph drainage
  • Improves blood circulation
    Some of the specific ailments it can provide relief for include:
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Mental & physical stress
  • Depression & anxiety
  • Tight Muscles
  • Sore body syndrome

History of Chair Massage

Chair MassageNot long ago, in the early 1980's, David Palmer (founder of the Touch-Pro Institute) considered ways to make massage more acceptable to the general public.

As both a practitioner and teacher of chair massage as well as traditional Japanese massage; he formulated a combination of deep tissue, acupressure, stretching and percussion techniques.

Having people remain clothed during massage overcame the first obstacle. Then, in 1986 he invented the portable massage chair for it to become more conveniently available. With this mobility of the chair, he could bring massage to the people, anywhere, anytime; and the term On Site Chair Massage was born.

Benefits of Massage chair treatments

  • Increases circulation
  • Reduces muscular tension
  • Stimulates lymphatic tissues – and thereby flushing out toxins
  • Helps to relieve muscle stiffness
  • Reduces stress-induced tension
  • Releases endorphins (feel-good hormone) into the blood stream
  • Reduces fatigue, anxiety and depression
  • Helps provide a basis for better quality of sleep

Clients have been pleasantly surprised by how satisfying the chair massage experience can be. With the variety of techniques and sequences used, you will experience great satisfaction with this short invigorating massage.

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