Acupressure update

Acupressure is an ancient Chinese technique based on the principles of acupuncture, and involves the use of finger pressure (without the needles) on specific points along the body. Chinese cultures believe the points to be junctures of meridian pathways that carry energy called chi (the Japanese call it ki). Western scientists have also mapped out and proven the existence of these points using electrical devices.
Acupressure massage therapy stimulates and activates the body’s own energies to help fight illness and restore harmony. Some of the Acupressure points are significant as they relate to a specific part of the body while others are more general in their effect. Various ailments such as tension and stress, aches and pains, arthritis or menstrual cramps can be elleviated. It can also be used for general preventative health care.
Treatment is normally given in a similar fashion to traditional massage. Points are massaged using finger or thumb, and sometimes a blunt object, in a fairly rapid circular motion with a medium pressure for between 5 and 15 minutes at a time.
If you visit a practitioner, you may need to undress to expose the area that requires treatment so that they can make physical contact with you. This is an important factor in locating the correct energy points and encourages an energy exchange between practitioner and recipient. A therapy session can last between 30 to 60 minutes depending on the problem being addressed.
Benefits and Effects
Acupressure is safe and effective; it can be used on anyone and is applicable to every age group.
Acupressure can alleviate:
Pain, headaches, migraines, insomnia, depression, toothache, dizziness, menstrual pain, digestive disorders including diarrhea and constipation, nausea, morning sickness, motion sickness, stress and tiredness

Bowan Technique

The Bowen Technique is a holistic hands-on therapy, which, through a series of non-invasive gentle moves over muscle and connective tissue, allows the body to reset and heal itself. The practitioner will leave the room for a few minutes between each set of moves, which allows the client the space to absorb the work and is thus an integral part of the treatment. It is generally a pleasant and relaxing experience with no known adverse side effects. The treatment aims to support and boost the natural healing capabilities of the body, and is holistic in that it addresses the body as a whole, rather than just treating the presenting symptoms. Bowen Therapists believe that the body has the ability to adjust, adapt and heal itself. The Bowen treatment is usually performed with the client lying on a treatment couch. The series of gentle rolling moves on the skin (or through light clothing) allows the practitioner to sense the tension and stress buildup in the muscle groups and at junctions with bone; he or she then utilises the Bowen moves to release that stress, allowing the body to reset and heal itself. The healing process can be relatively immediate or over a number of days following the treatment. Benefits and Effects A Bowen treatment is useful for everyone from newborn infants through to the elderly. Although it is a powerful and dynamic tool for treating ailments and injuries, many people in good health enjoy regular treatments to maintain optimal body balance. The Bowen Technique makes a positive, healthy impact by providing more energy and an overall sense of well-being. Bowen can be an effective treatment for: Musculo-skeletal, back and neck problems. Frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and R.S.I. Accident and sports injuries. Problems with posture and body alignment. Stress and tension-based reactions, migraine and recurring headaches. Bronchial and related conditions such as hay-fever and asthma. many cases of emotional illness where relaxation is a prime factor in easing pain and anxiety.