Acupressure massage has its roots in ancient Chinese practices dating back over 5,000 years. Similar to acupuncture, practitioners discovered that applying pressure to certain points on the body relieved pain in the immediate area and benefited other areas of the body removed from the immediate pain source and pressure point. Over time, they discovered other locations that also improved the functioning of certain internal organs in addition to alleviating pain. Today, Acupressure is used to combat a variety of ailments including stress, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. Many Americans have discovered the benefits of acupressure massage.
Sleep disorders affect 50 to 70 million American’s today. In order to function at our best we should be getting at least 6 hours of sleep per night. Over 20% of Americans report getting less than that. Chronic sleep deprivation can have serious effects on your health leading to depression, hypertension, and Type 2 Diabetes. Acupressure has been shown to effectively treat insomnia, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders. Applying pressure to certain areas of the body – for example, the Tai Chong (LV3) – causes the brain to release more endorphins, small proteins that act as a natural painkiller while also increasing blood flow and oxygen to the affected areas. Thus the muscles relax and healing becomes available.
Acupressure point LV3 (Tai Chong) is located on your foot about two finger widths above the place where the skin of your big toe and the next toe join. Once the point is located with the shoes off, apply deep, firm pressure stimulating the area for 4-5 seconds. This point can be used for menstrual cramps, low back pain, anxiety, and insomnia.
Acupressure is performed while fully clothed and can be the perfect solution for those who are squeamish about the needles used in acupuncture. Our bodies must be taken care of regularly – much like dental cleanings, exercise and nutrition – just doing it once isn’t enough. The benefits are both immediate and cumulative — you will feel great after each session and will notice the benefits increase over time.
If you’re ready to try Acupressure, we’re happy to let you know that Dawn practices Shiatsu (Acupressure), Thai Massage, Reiki, Muscle Release Technique, and Zero Balancing. She received her certification through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Dawn’s experience includes workplace massage, teaching acupressure and yoga workshops for stress reduction and smoking cessation. She uses a steady, supportive touch to realign the body – both physically and energetically. Dawn strives to ease overall body tensions, areas of concentrated body tension or pain, lower stress, increase energy and flexibility and to ease anxiety, chronic stress, insomnia, depression and headaches.