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What is Acupressure?

Acupressure is a form of touch therapy that utilizes the principles of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  In acupressure, the same points on the body are used as in acupuncture but are stimulated with finger or palm pressure without the use of needles.  With your hands you have the potential to relieve your clients or your own everyday aches, pains and ailments without taking drugs to improve health, and to increase vitality.  Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to stimulate key points on the skin that, in turn, activates the body’s own natural self-healing processes.  Acupressure is used to relieve a variety of symptoms and pain.
Acupressure massage performed by a therapist can be very effective both as prevention and as a treatment for many health conditions, including headaches, general aches and pains, colds and flu, arthritis, allergies, asthma, nervous tension, menstrual cramps, sinus problems, sprains, tennis elbow, and toothaches, among others. Acupressure points can also be stimulated to increase energy and feelings of well-being, reduce stress, and stimulate the immune system.
According to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, the body has vital energy called “chi” or “qi” that flows along invisible lines of energy flow called meridians. Chi (pronounced chee, also spelled qi orki in Japanese shiatsu) is the fundamental life energy. It is found in food, air, water, and sunlight, and it travels through the body in channels called meridians. There are 12 major meridians in the body that transport chi, corresponding to the 12 main organs categorized by Chinese medicine.hiroshima-725801_1280
If the flow of Chi is blocked at any point on a meridian, in Chinese Medicine it is believe that it can contribute to pain and ailments as well as lead to dis-ease.  Chinese Medicine views the body as a small part of the universe, subject to laws and principles of harmony and balance.  Chinese Medicine does not make as sharp a distinction as Western medicine does between mind and body.  The Chinese system believes that emotions and mental stress are every bit as influential on disease as purely physical mechanisms, and considers factors like work, environment, and relationships as fundamental to a patient’s health.
One of the oldest text of Chinese medicine is the Huang Di, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, which may be at least 2,000 years old. One legend has it that acupuncture and acupressure evolved as early Chinese healers studied the puncture wounds of Chinese warriors, noting that certain points on the body created interesting results when stimulated. The oldest known text specifically on acupuncture points, the emperor-Systematic Classic of Acupuncture, dates back to 282 A.D.  Acupressure is the non-invasive form of acupuncture, as Chinese physicians determined that stimulating points on the body with massage and pressure could be effective in treating certain problems and/or conditions.
Chinese medicine has developed intricate systems of how organs are related to physical and mental symptoms, and it has devised corresponding treatments using the meridian and pressure point networks that are classified and pulsenumbered. Disease is viewed as an imbalance of the organs and chi in the body.The goal of acupressure, and acupuncture, is to stimulate and unblock the circulation of chi, by activating very specific points, called pressure points or acupoints. Acupressure seeks to stimulate the points on the chi meridians that pass close to the skin, as these are easiest to unblock and manipulate with finger pressure.
In the Acupressure for the Body, Mind and Spirit course you will learn how to incorporate the use of Acupressure in your practice to work smarter not harder. In this full day course you will learn potent points and a full routine that willgirls- leave your clients relaxed and balanced.
You will also gain an understanding of the power of sound and the beneficial synergistic healing effects of using Sound Massage combined with Acupressure.  You will learn how these two powerful systems combined create a powerful healing effect with extended benefits even long after the session is over.

In this course you will learn directly from experts in the field of body, mind, energy medicine

 Dr.Telse Merry, Ph.D. lived in Japan and studied extensively both Acupuncture and Shiatsu.  She is the first person to bring the art and practice of Shiatsu to North America. japan- Leiah Carr, LMT, ATBP has practiced Acupressure and holistic therapies for over 25 years.
You will learn about powerful points to effect the body, mind and spirit.  You, your family and clients will be able to experience the benefits of this very powerful modality the very next day.
You will also learn the difference between full points and empty points.  You will learn how to determine if the Chi is flowing properly in the body and whether it is more Yin or Yang.
Techniques you learn will allow you to assess problem areas easily and provide you with a method to treat your clients with ease.  You will learn how to work from your center to become more effective and to have a more direct impact on your client that they can feel immediately.
You will receive a complete manual and reference charts to work from.  There are no pre-requisites for this course.  The course allows you to grasp the knowledge and incorporate the work into a full routine or to blend into your other treatments such as Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, Energy Medicine Techniques or more. kathmandu-230263_1280
This is an intense course with a tremendous amount of knowledge being shared.
Cost:  $200 including manual and reference charts
8 CE’s
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