Eastern Medicine Technique
Our tissues communicate through pathways that lie outside of our nervous system. Many forms of care that address this system have their roots in Chinese Medicine. Dr. Smith uses the ancient art of Acupressure in most of his treatments at his office on Castro Street in San Francisco.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
~ Albert Einstein
Sometimes Less is More
Acupressure in San Francisco
Acupressure as a therapy that developed over 5,000 years ago. It as an important aspect of Asian, especially Chinese, medicine. It uses precise finger placement and pressure over specific points along the body. These points follow specific channels, known as meridians – the same channels used in acupuncture.
According to Asian medical philosophy, activation of these points with pressure (or needles) can improve blood flow, release tension, and enhance or unblock life-energy, known in China as “qi” or in the English-speaking world as “chi.” This release allows energy to flow more freely through the meridians, promoting relaxation, healing and the restoration of proper function.
Meridians are not recognized in Western medical models. However recent “discoveries” involving fascia and the interconnectedness of different systems (organs, muscles, etc.) is spurring research into the matter.
What Conditions Respond to Acupressure?
Acupressure therapy can be used to relieve pain, reduce tension in muscles, improve circulation and promote deep states of relaxation. It is often done by massage therapists and other bodyworkers, but can also be learned as a technique to be done on oneself.
Individuals can be treated, then trained in various self-care applications and pressure-point formulas for specific conditions. These include nausea and vomiting, motion sickness, headaches, neck and back pain, as well as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, mental and emotional stress, even addiction recovery and learning disorders.
For centuries, the Chinese have used acupressure points as a beauty treatment to enhance muscle tone and increase circulation, especially of facial muscles. This can reportedly improve the condition and appearance of the skin, lessening wrinkles and sagging of the face without drugs or surgery, although clinical trials are needed to confirm this.