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Acupressure is Acupuncture’s Little Sister

The practice of acupressure, or applying precise finger placement and pressure to specific acupoints on the body that follow the same meridians used in acupuncture, is an ancient healing modality from China and other Asian nations. Activation of these points with pressure can improve blood flow, release tension and enhance or unblock life energy known as qi. This allows the energy to flow more freely through the meridians, promoting relaxation, healing and the restoration of proper function.

For centuries, the Chinese have used acupressure points as a beauty treatment to enhance muscle tone and increase circulation, especially in facial muscles. This reportedly improves the condition and appearance of the skin, lessening wrinkles and sagging of the face without drugs or surgery.

Although frequently performed by massage therapists and other bodyworkers, acupressure can be learned and used for self-care to relieve nausea and headaches, as well as ease chronic pain and alleviate mental and emotional stress.

Alvina Quatrano, owner of Art of Holistic Massage, in Naples, is a licensed massage therapist who teaches Acupressure For Everyone. For appointments, call 732-266-5276. For more information visit HolisticHealingArts.info.

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