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    Advantages of using acupressure include relieving pain, balancing the body and maintaining good health. The healing touch of acupressure reduces tension, increases circulation, and enables the body to relax deeply. By relieving stress, acupressure strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness. While all healing is self-healing, you do not have to do it alone.

    Acupressure is an ancient healing art started in Asia over 5,000 years ago that uses the fingers to connect to key points on the client to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. When these points are contacted, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body's life force energy which aids healing, relives pain and improves the client's system. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points acupoints for their work.

    Treatment is given through clothes with the client is normally laying on a massage table. The areas of disharmony identified during the interview, tongue or pulse readings are balanced using the a series of pairs of acupoints. Each pair of points is held until they come to balance. The touch employed may suggest tonnification, sedation or balance. Depending on the disharmony a single pattern or several patterns may be used.

    Like Tui Na massage acupressure dates back to the Shang Dynasty of China, 1700 B.C.E., where Oracle bones showed that acupressure massage was used to treat children's diseases and digestive complaints in adults. The roots of both Five Element and Eight Paramter Acupressure Massage are in the Ne Jing or "The Yellow Emperor's Classic" which was written in about 500 B.C.E.

    Process acupressure, Jin Shin Jytsu and Jin Shen Do® arose out of the work of Jiro Murai, a Japanese philosopher, and are based on ancient knowledge of the body and creation (Jin Shin Jyutsu) which was passed down orally from one generation to the next and had virtually disappeared in Japan when it was rediscovered in the early 1900s by Jiro Murai. Mary Burmeister, Iona Teegarten and Aminah Raheem have continued and expanded on the work of Jiro Murai.

    Practitioners: John Flavin
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