The Theory Behind Seated Acupressure
Acupressure is based on the theory that there are energy channels in the body that can be influenced by pressure (as in shiatsu) or needling (as in acupuncture) at specific points along the channels. Unlike blood vessels and nerves, channels (also known as meridians) cannot be seen and they only exist when there is energy flowing through them, rather like currents in the sea. When the body’s energy is circulating properly it promotes homeostasis (the tendency of the body to seek and maintain internal equilibrium), which brings with it a sense of harmony, health and well being.
What a Treatment Entails
Seated acupressure is carried out in a specially designed massage chair and is performed fully clothed and does not involve oil, so can be taken into the workplace or shopping malls. I provide seated acupressure in the same therapy room at Floating Point Float Centre that I use for the other treatments. A seated acupressure treatment usually lasts between 15 and 40 minutes (mine are 30 minutes). It involves the use of the practitioner’s fingers, hands, arms and body weight to apply pressure to specific points on the recipient’s back, arms, hands, neck, shoulders and head. The aim is to alleviate stress and to promote homeostasis.
The Potential Benefits of Acupressure
Acupressure has the following benefits:
- Reduces muscular tension
- Enables the body to relax deeply
- Relieves the symptoms of stress
- Promotes a sense of well being
- Promotes healing
- Releases endorphins
- Stimulates the circulation.
After a Seated Acupressure Treatment
As with other massage treatments, immediately after a seated acupressure treatment you may feel light headed, sleepy, achy or thirsty, or you may experience temperature fluctuations. These after effects should be short lived. It is important to drink plenty of water for 24 to 48 hours after to keep hydrated and to flush out any toxins that may have been released. It is also best to avoid a heavy meal for 2 hours, although a light snack or meal is fine.
If you are interested in trying a seated acupressure treatment, you can contact me here.