The Intersection of the Emotional and Physical
Acupressure for Emotional Healing is a unique application of acupressure developed by Michael Reed Gach, founder of the Acupressure Institute. It addresses the mind-body connection inherent in emotional issues, the physical holding in the body of unresolved issues. Traditional talk therapy is an invaluable tool for alleviating the anguish of anxiety, anger and depression, but often it fails to release the holding of affect in the body itself. Increasingly, mental health professionals are recognizing this mind-body connection and seeking complementary treatments. Acupressure for Emotional Healing is that ideal complement. It is also appropriate for those who are suffering but not yet in therapy.
In an Acupressure for Emotional Healing session, clients lay fully dressed on a massage table while the practitioner gently holds acupressure points known to calm the mind, body and spirit. The practitioner encourages the client to let their imagination roam and to report images, sensations, memories, and awarenesses as they emerge. The practitioner then guides the client in breath work and imagery to address what comes up. Simultaneously, the practitioner holds acupressure points known to address whatever emotions are emerging. The combination of therapeutic touch with emotional exploration and release is powerful. Clients report feeling supported and nurtured in a way that helps them move through their issues more completely.
What is Acupressure
Acupressure utilizes the holistic nature of the body’s nervous system. By stimulating certain nerve endings in particular nerve endings in the body we can stimulate complementary reactions of the body. These reactions may be part of the autonomic nervous system, so for example, we can treat on over-reactive immune response by the nervous system by stimulating a nerve bundle in the hand.
Acupressure employs the same theory and methodology as acupuncture, except that instead of inserting needles, the acupressurist uses her hands to access key points on the body. I use a light touch in doing so, which my patients find both gentle and comforting.
Proven Health Benefits
This noninvasive technique — performed fully clothed — can have profound results, and treats a wide range of issues:
Benefits of Acupressure
Improved functioning of body systems
Acupressure effectively treats
Acupressure treatments are very relaxing. I will place maintain pressure on certain trigger points for a few seconds to a few minutes. I may use my hands, energy roller, acuball pyramid mat or weighted pillows. Patients often return for follow up treatments, but benefits manifest in just one session.