What is Seated Acupressure Massage?
Seated Acupressure Massage works specifically on over 100 stress release points (acupressure points) of the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands. It improves the flow of energy throughout the body as well as acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems to relax tense muscles and increase blood circulation.
The Chinese believe that the vital life - ch'i - circulates through the body along meridians which are similar to the blood, nerve and lymphatic circuits. This vital life force controls the workings for all the systems of the body and in a truly healthy person, will permeate all the cells. For each organ to maintain a state of perfect health, the ch'i must be able to flow freely along the meridians.
The meridian theory was developed together with the evolution of acupuncture. The Chinese became aware that certain areas (points) were more sensitive when a body organ or function was impaired. These points seemed to form a definite path, a meridian, to the particular organ or function.
Meridians contain free flowing colourless, non-cellular liquid, which may be partly actuated by the heart. There are specific acupuncture points along the meridians. These points are electro-magnetic in character and consist of small oval cells called Bonham Corpuscles, which surround the capillaries in the skin, the blood vessels and the organs throughout the body. They are stimulated in a definite sequence, depending on the action required.
There is actually only one continuous meridian, which transverses the entire body, but this is divided into fourteen sections, which are described according to their position and function. Of the fourteen meridians, twelve are considered the 'main' meridians. The two extra meridians are known as the governing vessel and the conception vessel and run along the centre of the body - the conception vessel along the front and the governing vessel along the back.
Ch'i circulates through the entire body within a twenty-four hour period - the Chinese clock. Each organ has a two-hour minimum period of activity and a two-hour minimum period of flow. If ch'i is slowed down or restricted by some internal blockage, or is made to flow faster than normal through an external influence, or there is extra energy in the system, then the body is thrown out of balance and this can result in sickness.
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The stimulation of acupressure points causes the release of endorphins and natural cortisone, both of which are useful in the treatment of pain. Acupressure has also been shown to increase immunity and speed up the recovery of injured tissue.