Acupressure treats the body as an energy system and works to relieve a persons individual symptoms by identifying and releasing 'blocked' or 'congested' energy centres in the body.
These energy centres, or acupoints are found on energy 'pathways' called meridians, as with traditional acupuncture.
Physical pain or discomfort is seen as being caused by the blockage of these acupoints or meridians.
Once an issue has been identified for treatment, deep but gentle finger pressure is applied to specific acupoints. This is 'acupuncture without needles', and without any intrusion into the body.
The action of the pressure works on the blocked acupoint and starts to release the energy and alleviate the symptoms. Most clients find this gentle pressure quite relaxing.
Auriculotherapy or auricular therapy is based on the idea that the ear is a microsystem with the entire body represented on the auricle, the outer portion of the ear.
Treatment, using gentle pressure or minute electrical pulses takes place on the appropriate acupoints on the surface of the ear.
Auriculotherapy has been successfully used in the treatment of cravings and addiction, whether to alcohol, tobacco, food or drugs. It has also been used in the treatment of arthritis, asthma, migraines, indigestion, urinary problems and nervous disorders.
Both acupressure and auriculotherapy are carried out with the client fully clothed and can be used separately or as a combined treatment.