an ancient practice ...
a modern miracle

One of the greatest developments of the 20th century is the interest in ancient therapies and their place in modern society. For over 2000 years, acupuncture and acupressure have been used widely in medicine, health care and beauty therapies in Asian countries. However, it has only been in the last 2 decades that Western culture has started to embrace these holistic alternative therapies.

 

Similarly to Western medicines focus on the flow of blood through blood vessels, traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the flow of ‘chi’ or vital energy. This vital energy flows through a series of invisible branches known as meridian channels. It is believed that if these channels are blocked, energy flow is affected, which leads to detrimental effects on the body such as illness and pain. Based along these meridian channels are a series of acupoints. These specific points provide a gateway for therapies such as acupuncture and acupressure.

 

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting thin needles into these acupoints, which stimulate the meridian channel. This stimulation aims to improve circulation, reduce pain and re-direct the flow of ‘chi’ to aid self- healing within the body. However, the greatest disadvantage of acupuncture is the requirement of needles being inserted into the skin. For a large group of the population, the thought of this is daunting and prevents them from trying this effective form of therapy.

 

Similarly, Acupressure is another popular form of ancient therapy, which has been providing relief for centuries. The greatest advantage of acupressure is that it provides the same benefits as acupuncture without the invasiveness. Acupressure is the practice of using pressure, often with fingers, thumbs or elbows to stimulate the acupoints along the meridian channels. The resultant pressure assists to improve circulation, reduce muscle tension, and improve the flow of ‘chi’, which consequently enhances overall physical wellbeing. Acupressure provides the perfect example where gentle pressure applied locally ignites a total, holistic effect on the body.

 

The role of these therapies in health care and as pain-relief is well-renowned and used world-wide. However, the effects that both acupressure and acupuncture have on facial rejuvenation and beauty therapy are taking the world by storm. In Houston, Texas, the phenomena of acupuncture has led to the creation of two Acupuncture Therapeutic Beauty Centres, which focus on providing acupuncture and acupuncture-based treatment for the face and body. Additionally, there has been a surge in popularity for acupressurebased massages. The most popular being Shiatsu, which is common to Chinese massage therapists and becoming a regular request at beauty salons and days-spas alike. Shiatsu is a Japanese form of massage utilising acupoints along the body and face, in an effort to balance ones ‘chi’ or vital energy.