What is Acupressure and what can it do for me?

Local acupressure practitioner Amy Valentine tells us how acupressure is an effective discipline for women’s health and a great treatment for both parent and child.

Local acupressure practitioner Amy Valentine tells us how acupressure is an effective discipline for women’s health and a great treatment for both parent and child.

What is acupressure and how does it work?

Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the same points on the body used in acupuncture. Instead of needles the practitioner’s fingers are used to gradually apply pressure to key healing points. In doing so the body’s energy begins to balance, relieving tension and increasing circulation.

Acupressure works based on classical Chinese medicine theory where energy meridians or pathways run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. Obstructions in these pathways can occur from physical, emotional and spiritual trauma over our lifetime. It is these obstructions that result in physical pain and disease.

By pressing on specific points along these pathways (acu-points) the energy can start to flow freely and therefore correct imbalances.

Modern scientific research now supports the effectiveness explaining that when the acu-points are stimulated the nervous system releases chemicals and hormones which work to biochemically balance the body and stimulates the body’s own natural healing abilities.

Whichever explanation you prefer the healing benefits cannot be denied.
What conditions can acupressure treat? 

Acupressure provides relaxation and relief from pain and stress. Many of our ailments come from a build up of stress and therefore finding something that works for you and allows you to relax is vital. It also works as a powerful preventative measure, boosting immunity and vitality of the body.

Acupressure can also have a profound affect on spiritual and emotional healing. An area of particular interest to me is the deep mind-body connection that acupressure provides.

It can be extremely successful when used in conjunction with many other modalities including counseling, physiotherapy, massage, etc.
Can you use acupressure for fertility and preconception health?

Acupressure can absolutely be used for fertility and preconception health. It is an ideal time to start because as your body rebalances itself and you make a greater connection with yourself and your practitioner you can continue your acupressure throughout your entire pregnancy and beyond.

Acupressure is extremely popular as an alternative to acupuncture for people who are fearful of the needles.
Can you use acupressure in pregnancy?

Acupressure can be used in pregnancy, providing relief from many uncomfortable symptoms as well as relaxation and a deeper connection between mother and baby.

It is important that you begin acupressure before you conceive however and the release acupressure provides can be powerful and it is necessary that your body has time to adapt to acupressure before pregnancy.

There are powerful release points that are avoided though the entire pregnancy that can then be used in labour and birth to aid the body and relieve some pain. In this case it is safe whether or not you’ve had acupressure before.
Can you use acupressure during the postpartum period?

Acupressure is a wonderful aid in postpartum recovery. The body has been through an incredible period of change and there is much to be rebalanced. Acupressure can be extremely beneficial for those suffering from postpartum depression or just for mom to have some time to relax away from baby.
Can you use acupressure for conditions related to menses?

Yes, can relieve uncomfortable symptoms as well as regulate irregular cycles. Receiving a session in the week leading up to your period can prevent uncomfortable symptoms you may be used to feeling.
Can you use acupressure for menopause?

Yes, acupressure can relieve a variety of menopausal symptoms from hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue and headaches.
Can you use acupressure on children?
An area I am very passionate about is acupressure for children. It is an extremely safe and unintimidating way to introduce your child to this type of healing. From birth and beyond children can benefit enormously whether your baby is suffering from colic or your child is struggling at school. From immune boosting to constipation it can help. Sessions are adapted for the child so as to be shorter and parents and older children can learn points to use themselves.

How will I feel after having acupressure?

Feelings and emotions can vary greatly after treatment.

The following is by no means a conclusive list of what you may experience but more of an outline of typically reported effects.

·         Energized

·         Relaxed

·         Pain free

·         Clear headed

·         Tired

·         Confused and emotional

·         Cold or hot

·         Difficulty sleeping

·         Sleeping better than normal

·         Appetite changes

Remember that however you feel, whether it is comfortable or not, it is positive. Thing are shifting with in you, try to go with it. If possible take it easy after a treatment and drink plenty of water.
How many appointments will I require?

This number will depend on many factors. Three sessions are recommended to allow you to see the progress that can be made and notice any changes occurring. For some that will be all it takes, others may wish to continue.
How much does an acupressure treatment usually cost?

At Simply Healing we are passionate about making acupressure as accessible as possible for as many people as possible. Generally sessions cost from $60 – $70.
Is acupressure covered under extended healthcare plans?

At the minute Acupressure is not covered under extended healthcare plans.