Acupressure- Therapeutic Massage


Working in accordance with the complex theory of TCM, Acupressure, also called “Tuina”, is a complete healing system that harmonizes yin and yang and regulates the vital energy (Qi) by using rhythmic compression on the distributions of channels.

It is believed to closely resemble western massage, as many of the techniques are similar. However, in spite of the similarities, there are more than 110 Tuina manipulations ranging from light stroking to deep tissue work, so the intent of Acupressure is much more specifically therapeutic than massage. It is used for physiological healing of chronic pain caused by musculoskeletal conditions e.g. injuries to the back, neck and shoulders, neurological conditions, as well as for psychological disorders such as tension and stress.


From a technical point of view, Acupressure is a combination of massage, chiropractic, osteopathy and physical therapy. However, it is much broader and all-encompassing than each of these modalities. It treats diseases and is far more complex than massage, which simply relaxes muscle tension and increases local circulation.

In addition, when compared to chiropractic treatment that reduces misalignments in the bony structures of the body, Acupressure is much more thorough in treating the muscles surrounding the diseased area prior and post re-alignment, thereby minimizing the rebound effect following the treatment.

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Similar to the mechanism of massage that is based on the mechanical irritation of proprio-/ inter- and exterio-receptor and then reflected on tissues and organ, Acupressure the hands-on therapy has a straight mechanical action on tissues that increases the blood and lymphatic flow, eliminates the disintegrated metabolic waste, improves swelling absorption and trophic tissue.


When gentle and light Tuina techniques are applied to the body using light touch to the skin, they stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and restrict the sympathetic nervous system, relaxing the muscles. In contrast, strong and firm techniques inhibit the parasympathetic nervous system and promote the sympathetic nervous system, followed by activation of the central nervous system, and inhibition of the peripheral nervous system. This means that after about ten or fifteen minutes of Acupressure, the muscles in that area are sedated and relaxed.


Acupressure activates both peripheral and central analgesia. Peripheral analgesia occurs through the trigger point and better regulation, while central analgesia happens by decreasing brain stimulus. It has been proven to be effective for chronic pain caused by trauma and injury, such as whiplash syndrome.

This is because different Acupressure techniques are designed for different purposes, including relaxing the tendons of the neck, removing fatigue from the muscles, inducing resuscitation, subduing swelling and relieving spasms, in order to improve the elasticity of muscles and ligaments. Researchers have also confirmed that Acupressure promotes the circulation of blood, increases blood viscosity and velocity in the vertebral-basilar artery, and hence can reduce whiplash associated symptoms of dizziness, headache and neck stiffness. Acupressure is also known to alleviate soft tissue spasms, release compression of the cervical vessels and nerve roots, as well as reposition displaced joints and ease pressure on ganglion, caused by swelling after injury.