Should I add acupressure to my session?

  • Are you stressed?
  • Do you sometimes have trouble sleeping?
  • Is your mind constantly racing? Thinking about what you still must do, making lists?
  • Are you tense or have muscle pain?

If you answered yes to at least 2 of these questions, adding acupressure to your therapeutic massage or myofascial release session is a must.  The acupressure mat will help drop your cortisol levels that get elevated by stress, help bring your body into parasympathetic nervous system which helps with sleep and digestion, and increases blood flow and endorphins which will calm your mind and muscles.  Definitely worth $10.

What is Acupressure?  Is it like Acupuncture?

Acupressure is an old therapeutic technique that is under-used in the United States.  It was developed over 5,000 years ago as an important aspect of eastern medicine.  More people in the Quad Cities are familiar with its sister technique, acupuncture.  Acupressure is like acupuncture in that it uses specific points along the body to stimulate channels, known as meridians.  Eastern medicine believes when there is balance in the meridian system, the body regains and maintains good health.  Acupressure uses pressure to stimulate points verse needles.  With advances in technology, acupressure mats were developed to simplify and speed up the sessions.  Most of these mats are made from cotton or other similar materials, with plastic acupuncture points that stimulate specific areas of the body without puncturing the skin.

Benefits of Acupressure:

Acupressure is a self-healing modality. So, while you can target specific issues and body parts, however, these are the general benefits no matter how you use your acupressure mat.

  • Relieves stress & anxiety
  • Increase blood circulation
  • Improves oxygen level
  • Reduces muscle tension
  • Stimulates endorphin production to elevate mood and help with depression

What can I expect during a session?

At Centered Therapies, the therapists incorporate an acupressure mat into your massage therapy or myofascial release session.  The mat will be covered to keep the acupressure gentle and placed under your back during part of your session.  Because the weight of your body is spread out over the mat, you receive the benefits of acupuncture without the mat actually piercing your skin.

What the therapist sees:

When adding acupressure to their appointments, our massage therapists have noticed that clients tend to relax faster.  The acupressure mat also seems to improve the tension in client’s back, neck, and shoulders which allows the massage therapist to get deeper into the muscles.  Clients are experiencing deeper muscle releases and a greater improvement in pain.  They are getting more out of their massage therapy sessions without having to add time!

Myofascial release and acupressure also work hand in hand beautifully.  The acupressure pad helps keep the client grounded and feeling within their body.  The acupressure nodes act like an additional hand that supports the back and shoulders of the client.  It is like having a two person MFR release with only one therapist.  Clients have reported back noticing more changes to their bodies, bigger shifts in connective tissue, and overall more productive sessions.

When is acupressure not recommended?

If you are pregnant,  have uncontrolled blood pressure, or on blood thinning medications, acupressure is not for you.  Therapeutic massage and myofascial release alone would be the best fit for you.

Ancient techniques + modern technology = easy self care!