Practical Acupressure Methods

All Acupressure Massage techniques, methods and styles use the same ancient acupressure trigger points. They vary in using different rhythms and pressures for stimulating the acupressure points, using not only the fingers, but also the hands, arms, legs and even feet.

Some Acupressure styles also incorporate other healing techniques. 

Shiatsu Therapy, the traditional Japanese form of Acupressure, can be quite vigorous, with deep pressure applied to each point for three to five seconds.

Shiatsu is the traditional therapeutic form of massage using deep penetrating pressure to stimulate acupressure points, the same points used in acupuncture. Releasing these healing points opens the channels of energy and blood circulation to nourish the internal organs, glands, muscles, nerves, and vital centers of the body. Shiatsu uses thumbs, fingers, palms, the side of the hand, or knuckles to apply steady, firm pressure for increasing the healing benefits.

Shiatsu Forms & Methods 
There are many different ways to give Shiatsu treatments. Varying rhythms, pressures, and techniques create the different styles of Shiatsu Therapy, such as Zen Shiatsu or Masunaga Shiatsu, Ashiatsu, Barefoot Shiatsu, Ohashiatsu, and Macrobiotic Shiatsu. The diversity of Shiatsu forms is similar to the different forms of music. Each style uses the same notes but combines them in distinctive ways. Shiatsu, for instance, the most well known style of acupressure, can be quite vigorous, with firm pressure applied to each point for only three to five seconds.

A professional Shiatsu Practitioner will be able to individualize each treatment based on a person’s condition. This sensitivity is achieved through the practice of giving Shiatsu treatments and learning how to harmonize the yin and yang forces within the body. Deep relaxation is the key for obtaining the maximum benefits from Shiatsu Therapy. How the recipient treats him or herself after the treatment is what heals the body. To receive the maximum benefits, completely relax for an hour after a Shiatsu treatment.

In Jin Shin Acupressure, at least two points are gently held for a minute or more. This style also uses the Extra Meridians or Extraordinary Vessels, which balance the meridians. Tuina Chinese Massage and Thai Massage stimulate the Qi (“key”) healing energy using acupressure hand movements, full body stretches, and Chinese massage techniques.

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