Practitioner: Kate Lowman
Acupressure and Meridian massage
Acupressure and meridian massage is a highly effective treatment for a wide range of ailments and health conditions as well as general balancing and relaxation for the whole system. It is one of the many varied therapies of Traditional Oriental Medicine and follows the same principals as Acupuncture but rather than using needles, uses massage and pressure on the body and specific acu-points.
Oriental medicine identifies a ‘vital energy’ called Qi which circulates both within and outside of the body. Within the body smooth and balanced qi flow is essential to good health and where areas become blocked or depleted pain can occur and ill health may arise as a result. Acupressure and meridian massage works on the 12 meridian (channels) within the body and other key areas, to promote healthy qi flow and help restore function to affected areas. In so doing it both helps alleviate existing ailments and prevent further issues arising.
The therapy is highly effective for a wide range of ailments, and treatments are offered in the following areas:
- Back, muscle and joint pain
- Tension related complaints and general relaxation
- Pregnancy and post-natal treatments
Back, muscle and joint pain:
Living with muscular and joint pain can be extremely debilitating, affecting both our physical ability and how we feel emotionally. Acupressure is an extremely effective treatment for muscular and joint conditions as it treats both muscular pathways and acupuncture meridians, to help restore balance across the system and release areas of tension. It is particularly effective in painful conditions because it can help release muscles without needing to work directly on the affected area which may be sensitive and painful to touch. Acupuncture points are used to help relax and release muscles without the need for invasive and painful techniques which will often only have a short term effect. Points are chosen both locally (in the affected area) and distally (away from the affected area) on other points of the meridian. As pain is often related to muscular tension, relaxing affected muscles can help manage pain or support rehabilitation by making it possible to work more deeply into those areas using exercise or other physical therapies.
The therapy is an excellent option for a wide range of conditions including:
- upper and lower back pain
- sore and strained muscles
- disc related back problems and pain
- muscular and joint injuries including sports injuries, accidents and repetitive strain
- chronic conditions including Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis
- stiff or strained neck or shoulders
- elbow and wrist conditions including tennis and golfer’s elbow and carpal tunnel
- pain arising from degeneration
Tension related complaints and General relaxation
Tension in the body arises for a number of lifestyle or environmental reasons and can cause pain, discomfort and stiffness. If untreated this can lead to further health problems including insomnia, depression, digestive issues and headaches. Acupressure and meridian massage helps calm the whole system, not only by working to relax affected muscles but also by helping balance the flow of Qi in the channels connected to muscles experiencing tension. It therefore works on a deeper whole system level as it seeks to works with and restore the balance of the entire body, focusing on cause as well as symptom, In turn this brings wider physical and emotional health benefits, helping restore a general sense of well-being. It is an excellent treatment for calming the whole body and can be used in a wide variety of conditions including:
- general muscular tension
- anxiety and stress
- over stimulated nervous system
Pregnancy and Post-natal
Pregnancy is an amazing and exciting time but is also a time of change both in the body and often in our lives too. Acupressure based massage provides a gentle non-invasive form of massage both during and after pregnancy to help ease tension and improve well-being. It can help improve sleep and ease pains in the body as well as calming and boosting the system as a whole.
Acupressure points can also be used to help stimulate a natural labour once full term has been reached (post 37 weeks). While this can be seen as more ‘natural’ than medical induction it should be recognised that it is still a form of intervention and it is advised that advice of a midwife or medical professional is sought prior to being undertaken.