Acupressure Massage Therapy
Techniques for Relieving Stress
A Skilled Massage Therapist can use Acupressure points to enhance a client’s experience. By including Acupressure techniques, you can release even more muscular tension, increase the circulation of the blood, and heighten the body’s life force energy to aid healing. This is why many Massage Therapists incorporate Acupressure in their work; increased effectiveness results from combining these two hands-on therapeutic approaches together.
The Advantages of Integrating Massage Therapy with Acupressure Points include relieving pain, trauma, burnout, backaches, headaches, and insomnia, and also maintaining good health through self-care. By relaxing the body and relieving stress, Acupressure strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness.
Acupressure uses the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a hands-on approach. Learning where the points and meridians are located adds to a Massage Therapist’s expertise and their ability to help clients.
In this article, I’m giving you techniques you can use right away. Also, at the bottom of this page, you’ll find Online Trainings where you can learn more, including some that offer CE Credits.
As a Massage Therapist, explore using the following specific techniques to further aid your clients. It’s also rewarding for you, because it increases the therapeutic value of your healing work.
Acupressure Massage Releases Tension
Tension tends to accumulate around Massage Therapy Points. When a muscle is chronically tense or in spasm, the muscle fibers contract. This is due to the secretion of lactic acid caused by fatigue, trauma, stress, chemical imbalances, or poor circulation.
As a Massage Therapy Pressure Point is held, the muscle tension yields to the finger pressure, enabling the fibers to elongate and relax, blood to flow freely, and toxins to be released and eliminated. Increased circulation also brings more oxygen and other nutrients to affected areas. This increases the body’s resistance to illness and promotes a longer, healthier, more vital life. When the blood and bioelectrical energy circulate properly, we have a greater sense of harmony and well-being.
When under stress, you may breathe shallowly. Combining Massage Therapy with Acupressure points can relieve chest tension and enable you to breathe deeply and relax more fully.
Acupuncture and Acupressure are two ancient healing practices from Traditional Chinese Medicine. They both use the same healing pressure points, but Acupuncture employs needles, while Acupressure Therapy uses gentle but firm finger pressure.
As a Massage Therapist, you are already attuned to releasing muscular tension and balancing a client’s body. By adding a knowledge of the Acupressure points, you can deepen your awareness of how to release blockages in the body, and further expand your ability to help your clients decrease stress and improve their health.
Four Acupressure Massage Techniques
Here are four methods for Massage Therapists integrate Acupressure and Massage to unblock tense areas:
- Use a Massage Stroke to easily glide into two Acupressure points for releasing a constricted area. Hold the points for a minute or two, as you have the client breathe deeply into the points being held.
- Glide into a Acupressure Point for a minute or two with one hand as you continue the massage stroke with the other hand.
- Hold Therapeutic Acupressure points that have specific benefits to further help your client with various common ailments that he or she is dealing with in life. Encourage your client to breathe deeply while you hold the point for a minute or two.
- After a Relaxing Massage use a series of Acupressure points to balance all of the healing energy that has been released. This can further harmonize your massage work and make it more long-lasting. You can also use Acupressure tonic points at the end of your session. This will ground your client and rejuvenate their vital energy to further enhance their well-being.
Learn Acupressure Online
Acupressure is easy to learn online and creates extra value for both yourself and your clients. The easiest way for Massage Therapists to learn Acupressure is through our Online Acupressure Trainings. You will receive short, high-quality instructional videos on a regular basis to watch at home, at your convenience.
— The Acupressure Mastery Program provides 28 CEUs and 8 to 10 videos a month, for 5 months.
— The Acupressure Training Circle is an ongoing 5-part certified program, which sends at least one video to your home every week.
Both of these online training programs have monthly payment plans, which make them affordable. Plus, they come with a money-back guarantee.
CE Credits for Massage Therapists
To add to your professional development, two of our trainings are fully approved to offer Continuing Education credits through the NCBTMB, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
The Acupressure Mastery Program provides 28 CE hours for Massage Therapists
The Self-Acupressure’s Pain & Stress Solution offers 18 CE hours for Massage Therapists