Acupressure is an ancient healing therapy available to you at MindBody Med in Seattle, WA. Practiced for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupressure embraces the same philosophy and wellness benefits as acupuncture but without the use of needles.

Restoring Balance To The Body

Traditional Chinese medicine believes there are points, or acupoints, in the body that run along meridian pathways. There are about 365 points along 12 major meridians. Each meridian is related to an internal organ such as the heart, lung, or kidneys.

Along these lines runs qi, which is our life force. When qi is blocked, illness and pain can occur. Pressing these points can assist with opening up blockages and increasing the flow of energy to help restore balance in the body.

What Ailments Does Acupressure Treat?

Acupressure is considered a holistic practice, meaning it is used to treat body, mind, and spirit. Stimulating acupoints may assist in the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.

During a session, you may experience a sense of relaxation and a reduction in pain and symptoms from a variety of ailments.

  • Circulation Issues
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Motion Sickness
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Fatigue & Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Muscle Tension
  • Pain

What To Expect During Your Acupressure Treatment

During a typical acupressure session, you will either lie or sit fully clothed on a massage table. Our practitioner will use thumbs, fingers, or knuckles to gently press different points on the body. The acupoints are usually held for 30 seconds to two minutes and gradually increase and then decrease in pressure.

You may find some points to be tender, but in general, there is little to no pain or discomfort during a session. Sessions vary in length, depending on your personalized treatment plan.

Needle-Free Alternative To Acupuncture

Both acupressure and acupuncture stimulate acupoints in the body and have similar benefits. The main difference is that acupuncture utilizes hair-thin needles inserted into acupoints, and acupressure uses fingers and thumbs.

Acupressure is non-invasive. If you have a fear or aversion to needles, acupressure is the perfect alternative to acupuncture.

A Safe Alternative Healing Therapy

Acupressure is a safe and gentle alternative form of healing therapy. You can experience added benefits by combining it with our other healing modalities, such as massage therapy or chiropractic care. If you would like to experience the wellness benefits of acupressure for yourself, contact us at MindBody Med in Seattle, WA today.