Acupressure & Cupping
Acupressure & Cupping
Like acupuncture, acupressure stimulates the flow of qi by applying manual stimulation at the acupoints. However, rather than inserting needles, acupressure uses pressure to massage the acupoints.
Because it is non-invasive, acupressure can potentially be used as a low-risk complementary treatment for medical issues where traditional acupuncture has already proven to be effective.
There are many pressure points on the body, each relating to a different area and with a different healing property.
Acupressure has clear roots in the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). To properly define acupressure: acupressure is an ‘alternative medicine practice in which pressure is applied to points on the body aligned along 12 main meridians (pathways), usually for a short time, to improve the flow of qi (life force)’.
Another meaning: a method of activating the body’s self-healing mechanisms to treat illness and alleviate pain.
An acupressure point can be defined as a point on the body to which pressure is applied for therapeutic purposes.
An acupressure massage is where pressure is applied to specific acupoints on the body for therapeutic purposes. These are tailored to the individual & their current ailment.
During treatment you are likely to feel a dull ache at the points used on your body. Sometimes you may feel a transference or ‘shooting’ sensation between areas.
You will have the choice of either an Aromatherapy blend or general massage oil being used.
The benefits of Acupressure are vast and far reaching. The following are some of the more common benefits of the treatment:
Pain Relief – Acupressure is very effective with the treatment of pain. This includes chronic headaches, back pain, joint pain, injuries.
Reducing PMS Symptoms - There are things that you can do to help yourself with symptoms of PMS, including making changes to your diet, but acupressure can help to improve these troublesome symptoms also.
Stress & Anxiety
Acupressure, although non-invasive, can be a powerful treatment and you may feel nauseas, tired, have a slight headache on completion. Due to this it is also recommended that you have a light meal prior to your treatment.
Treatment is accumulative, this means that you will see a temporary improvement initially and this will gradually increase with every treatment – so you should really have between 3 – 6 sessions, preferably either weekly or fortnightly, to really see the benefits.
Cupping is an ancient therapy where cups are suctioned into your skin for therapeutic benefit. There are two forms of cupping, dry & wet. Dry cupping is the method used here, so there will be no incisions or bleeding!
The cups are made of glass and a special tool is used which creates a suction onto your skin. The cups will then either be left on specific points, with the same principal of acupressure, or they will be glided around the body for a deep tissue massage.
Cupping works by drawing up old blood and toxins from your muscles and allowing fresh fluids to return. It is more intense than a Therapeutic Massage.
Cupping can seem scary to the uninitiated, but it is a brilliantly beneficial treatment!
Please note that on most people, cupping will leave a bruise and/or redness to the skin which can last in the region of 10 days. Please be mindful of this when timing your treatment, should you have a special occasion etc
Acupressure & Cupping
Because the treatments are tailored to you, there will always be a consultation prior to treatment – so please expect a further 15 mins to your appointment.
It is best to avoid a heavy meal for a few hours prior to these treatments and avoid alcohol completely on the day.
For your treatment you will be asked to remove clothing down to underwear and to lie on the massage table. You may need to loosen bra and straps but you will never be asked to remove pants.
On the table you will be covered by towels and possibly a blanket depending on the treatment. Don’t worry, you will be kept warm! You will be left alone to do this and again when it is time to get dressed. You will never be left exposed in front of your therapist.
50 Minutes - £35
30 Minutes - £25
If you would like to add a cupping to your acupressure massage for a general deep tissue massage:
Cupping deep tissue – 15 Minutes - £10
Acupoints only – 25 Minutes - £25
Deep Tissue only – 45 Minutes - £35
Acupoints and Deep Tissue – 50 Minutes - £40