acupressure.jpgAcupressure is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and has been used for thousands of years to promote health by assisting the body to achieve a harmonious state of balance within itself and in relation to its environment. Like acupuncture, acupressure helps adjust the energy (Chi or Qi) running through the body by manipulating specific points on the body.

No needles are used, only gentle pressure.

Both chronic and short term physical and behavioral imbalances can be helped with acupressure. Chronic imbalances are best served by a series of treatments rather then a single session because the goal is to help the body rebalance itself for lasting health. Regular treatments are also wonderful for preventing imbalances over time.

Acupressure sessions include an assessment and treatment.

My goal is to make animal acupressure and massage as mainstream and accepted as any other form of bodywork. People are not the only mammals that can reap the benefits of acupressure and massage. Our animal friends are capable of feeling the same stress release and calming effects of a massage session as we do.

Increase blood and lymph circulation
Stimulate muscles to strengthen the body
Reduce stress and tension
Soothe the strained muscles of the week-end athlete
Helps the arthritic dog regain flexibility and mobility
Creates balance
Promotes healthy skin and coat
Interrupts muscle habitual “holding patterns”, which may help reverse chronic conditions
Improves pliability of connective tissues, helping prevent and break down adhesions
Reduces pain and soreness

I feel that by offering this service to your canine companion, in addition to proper nutrition and regular exercise, you are ensuring another important component in maintaining a well balanced and healthy pet.

Massage is a time-honored method of reducing stress and tension that usually brings a feeling of calmness. Massage and acupressure is most helpful in restoring proper movement to injured limbs and joints.

Acupressure is a fingertip technique that uses the meridian system and acupuncture uses a needle to pierce the skin. Acupressure uses fingertip pressure on the skin’s surface.

Meridians are energy pathways that travel just beneath the skin’s surface. They connect the body’s surface with the interior organ systems and regulate energy and blood flow through the entire body. Health comes from balance and when balance exists, the body, mind and emotions are happy and peaceful. I believe this is true for animals and people.

Acupressure is a great form of therapy that uses the practitioner’s fingertips to apply pressure at various points on the body in order to access and release blocked or congested energy. This stimulation releases muscle tension and diffuses toxic buildup, which promotes blood and energy circulation, allowing the body to heal naturally.

Like acupuncture, acupressure is part of the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a complete system of healing that dates back approximately 3000 years. A holistic approach, TCM recognizes patterns and imbalances that Western medicine does not. In TCM, health is viewed as the balance of the animal’s physical and emotional condition, in harmony with the environment. Disease occurs when the balance and harmony are upset.

While acupressure can successfully help to resolve chronic problems, its intent is preventative, either by maintaining health through regular treatments, or by resolving a problem in the early stages before it becomes chronic or serious. The emphasis is on healing the whole body and seeking the root cause of an illness, rather than simply treating the current symptom.

Acupressure has been used to successfully treat a wide range of conditions, from pain (including chronic pain) and arthritis to internal medical conditions, digestive disorders, behavioral issues, and even itchy skin. It can be used to support healing, relieve stress, reduce muscle spasms, improve mobility, strengthen the immune system, enhance circulation and promote general wellness.

A non-invasive healing modality, Massage/Acupressure should be utilized as a complementary therapy and never as a substitute for proper veterinary care.