Acupressure Massage

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COVID-19 has highlighted how vital our immune system is for fighting off viruses.

If we have good internal health, bacteria and viruses shouldn’t be too problematic for us.

Here are some simple things we can we do to improve our health inside and out:

  • Sleeping properly: try to establish a sleeping pattern and stick to that routine
  • Eating well: A healthy balanced diet actually positively impact gut health, and gut health is not only connected to physical wellness but our mental wellbeing
  • Exercise regularly: Exercise keeps us young (as you know the spine is supposed to move in 6 directions to stay healthy and well!), and again, exercising releases endorphins (the happy chemical) in our body.
  • Taking regular breaks from desk based work: As you know, sitting still for long periods of time can have all sorts of negative effects on the body, so take breaks often and get moving.

At Business Yoga we also offer chair massages, which work with acupressure points to release stress and boost health. Acupressure has its foundation in traditional Chinese medicine and is a method of activating the body’s self-healing mechanisms. Like acupuncture, which uses tiny needles, acupressure stimulates the body at certain meridians, or pressure points.

Acupressure can help with a range of health issues such as;

Immune health

Neck pain

Sore muscles

Fertility

Digestion

Stress/anxiety

Back pain

Nerve problems

Hormone balance

Smoking

For an acupressure massage, you don’t need to remove clothing. The masseuse will use their fingers, palms, elbows to gently press on specific points on your body. This is restores flow and balance to the life energy flowing through you.

Here is a little technique to try yourself to release neck and shoulder pain (often the result of a stressful day at the office).

According to Dr. Moreau, there are several pressure points to use in the relief of shoulder pain, beginning with one of the most commonly used points, which is easiest to find by placing the thumb and the first finger between the shoulder area and then finding the centre (where the ‘web’ of the thumb is).

Here is how to apply pressure and release tension in that area:

1. Find the route of the pain in the shoulder area.

2. Press with a firm pressure until you feel a mild ache.

3. Hold for five seconds breathing deeply.

4. Release and repeat three more times.