Acupressure is one of the three main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is similar to acupuncture except that here the therapist applies pressure to specific pressure points in the body with natural means rather than needles. Acupressure is often confused with massage, which is quite simplistic by comparison.
A growing number of data and scientific studies show why and how acupuncture and acupressure are efficient, and more and more studies explain and validate the efficiency of this natural healing art.
Acupressure is particularly suitable for women, so much in its essence (for women, body and mind, physical and psychological/emotional spheres are strongly intertwined), than in its modality (soft, non-invasive technique, received fully-clothed). Acupressure is a fit answer to women's specific needs.
PMS, cramps, mood swings, menstrual cycle disorders, fertility, ovarian cyst, cystitis, hyperthyroidism, endometritis, breast mascosis, pelvic inflammation, bladder and vaginal infections, eating disorders, anemia, are common women ailments. Acupressure is an efficient complementary treatment that regulates the female genito-urinary system, and is a powerful tool to balance emotions.
Acupressure helps dealing with the changes, risks and specific ailments related to pregnancy, from conception to delivery, and then during the delicate post-partum time.
Prenatal: relaxes, releases stress and tension, balances mood and feelings, strengthens the bond with child, relieves physical symptoms associated with pregnancy, such as bloating, water retention, muscular cramps, pain in the neck, the back, the hips, sciatica, headaches, nausea, blood pressure, bloodstream.
Delivery: induces a late delivery, eases the expulsion process, relieves pain.
Postnatal: strengthens the natural ability of the body to heal after a vaginal or abdominal delivery. Many women suffer from tension in the neck and shoulders, stress and fatigue, postnatal depression, lactation issues, genital disorders. Acupressure treatment after delivery helps decreasing those symptoms naturally.
Menopausal symptoms are the visible part of the hormonal storm that rages in the woman's body. Because acupressure works on balancing, it helps calming the tornado, and supports the woman during this period.
For many reasons, including biological, women are in close contact with their emotions, and need to manage and process them regularly. If verbalization is not possible, women can find in acupressure an efficient mean to rebalance their daily life emotional turmoil.
Low spirits, depression, suffering:
Statistics all over the world show that amongst people suffering from depression, there are twice as many women as there are men... Furthermore, women are more prone than men to atypical forms of depression, such as bulimia, hypersomnia, and compulsive buying. Of course, depression can be triggered by hormones (baby blues, menopause, winter...), but the experts agree that hormones do not explain everything. They think that women are not more prone to depression than men, it's just that they express it more. It is true that women consult therapists, and generally express themselves more easily than men, but one has to admit that they also are subjected to heavy pressure and duties. It is a proven fact that stress affects the "hormones of happiness" - melatonin, noradrenalin, serotonin, endorphins - that regulate mood and well-being. Acupressure helps stimulate them, and resist.
Violence & harassment:
Violence, be it physical (assault, sexual abuse) or verbal (harassment, humiliation, emotional blackmail), leaves deep scars in tthe body and the mind. Acupressure, coupled with verbal therapies (psychotherapy), and practiced in a context of trust and compassion, proves a precious help on the long and difficult path to healing.