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Acupressure uses firm pressure with thumbs, fingertips, palm of hands, knuckles and elbows to release muscle tension and relax the body.

Just as different massage techniques are used to facilitate muscle release, different types of pressure therapy techniques are used to release trigger points and locate muscle restrictions which cause pain, discomfort and many major health problems.

This therapy is considered a style of Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) that is  certified nationally by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), which also certifies Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. 

Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT), Acupuncture, and Chinese herbs are considered the three primary healing arts of Chinese medicine.

The Chinese have long believed that trigger point techniques can be learned in the comfort of your home, by anyone, giving you techniques to alleviate common pain issues.

Many styles of Asian bodywork can be vigorous, with brisk rubbing actions and deep kneading. However, slow steady pressure is often used to calm and relax muscles before deeper pressure begins.

This therapy is also used to relieve sinusitis, sleep disorders, depression, arthritis, neck pain, back pain, heartburn, and almost any other physical ache you could have.

This massage video clip demonstrates the treatment:

The national organization, American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia, ( credentials ABT with standardized curriculum requirements, so, if you are looking for a massage therapist that practices Shiatsu (or any of the other styles), look for one who has been certified nationally by the AOBTA or NCCAOM and has studied Chinese medicine and technique.

Acupuncture is similar because it uses the same pressure points and meridians, but needles are incorporated into the treatment.

Because it relaxes the body and relieves stress, this therapy boosts our ability to fight disease and increases our overall sense of well-being.

Therapists will often incorporate massage stones into the treatment which provides relaxation and, with hot stones, warms the muscles before adding pressure.

Shaped trigger point stones are used to add sustained pressure to trigger points and tight muscles to encourage release and proper blood circulation.

An good example... Pressure Point Therapy to alleviate heartburn and/or upset stomach can be performed by locating the point midway between the navel and breastbone.

Light, sustained pressure for 1-2 minutes may actually take your painful heartburn away naturally.


  • Less drugs - by learning how to massage pressure points, you may actually take very few pills
  • Pain Relief - more and more studies show that acupressure can alleviate common pain symptoms like headache, sinusitis, sciatica, TMJ, back pain and neck pain
  • Relieves Nausea - beneficial for mild cases of nausea
  • Emotional Healing - because massage can encourage blood flow, it helps relieve tension, worry and stress, providing a better outlook and less depression
  • Provides Allergy Relief - assists in easing congestion and strengthens the immune system with increased circulation

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This treatment was often taught as part of Chinese medical massage techniques thousands of years ago, but acupressure is still commonly known as the healing art that stimulates the body's ability to heal itself.

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