Based on the traditional Japanese technique called anma, acupressure massage works to stimulate key points in the head, neck, shoulders, spine and lower back.
Anma is Japanese for 'press and rub', and acupressure massage uses a combination of techniques to stimulate energy points. These energy points lie along what are called meridians, energy channels that lie just beneath the skin.
Acupressure massage activates these without the use of needles, and is thus ideal for people who are concerned about the use of needles but would like the benefits of this ancient therapy.
The therapist uses a specific sequence of movements to stimulate these key points. This is believed to improve the flow of energy throughout the body and balance and strengthen the body's muscular, circulatory and nervous systems.
Because this technique is performed with the client sitting upright, fully clothed, it has become popular with many businesses. A therapist can visit a place of work, bringing their ergonomically designed chair with them, and provide the treatment for staff in as little as 20 minutes.
There are a range of benefits associated with this gentle form of therapy, including:
- Stress relief
- Relaxed muscles
- Reduced back and neck pain
- Reduced RSI (Repetitive train Injuries)
Others report it to be effective in helping deal with issues as varied as asthma, headaches, migraines, toothache, fatigue, sinus problems, menstrual pain, digestive problems, eye strain, anxiety, irritability and insomnia.