What is Acupressure? By Emily Bogle

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Acupressure is a hands-on technique from a five thousand year-old Chinese philosophy of bodywork and healing. By using the hands and fingers to bring attention to specific areas of the body, which Acupressurist's call points, and gently holding them for a period of time, a noticeable, positive difference can occur related to circulation, emotional balance, healing, and relaxation.

One of the most frequently asked questions is: "How does Acupressure differ from Acupuncture?" Not very much, is the answer. The difference is exactly how it sounds, whereas Acupressure uses the hands and fingers to stimulate the points, Acupuncture uses needles. They both follow the same Chinese philosophy, known in the west as Traditional Chinese Medicine.

A session in Acupressure is very different than a massage at a spa. In an Acupressure session there are forms of assessment that the practitioner does at the start of a session to better connect with and understand their client and their client's needs.

There are three main types of assessment. There is a verbal assessment, asking different questions about the client's health and over all well-being. A tongue assessment, by looking at the tongue there are ways to see if there are imbalances going on with the body. Lastly, there is a pulse reading assessment. By holding onto specific areas of the wrists, the practitioner can feel which areas in the body need attention. Some practitioners do one form of assessment or all of them; it just depends on the ways they best connect with their client. Following the assessment, it's time to lie down and relax.

During a session the practitioner applies pressure to a combination of points on the body that are associated with the information they received from their assessment. The client will receive treatment on both sides of their body, generally starting by lying on their stomach, unless they are pregnant in which case they will be on their side. The sessions are very relaxing and people are even prone to doze off briefly. Immediately following a session clients feel calm, centered and rejuvenated. A session can last for an hour to an hour and a half. It is best to have, at least, a couple Acupressure sessions in order to experience the positive changes that can happen.

Emily Bogle is a Certified Acupressurist. She started her studies at the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley during the summer of 2007. When she completed her training she was so amazed by the teachers and everything that she had learned that she immediately registered for one of their advanced programs. She is now in the middle of her second program, becoming certified in Women's Health Issues. You may contact Emily at (925)528-9432 or dancelvr35@gmail.com