Acupressure Massage and Chinese Cupping Therapy are used for muscular skeletal problems and can help trigger points to release tension, increase the circulation of blood, and heighten the body's life force energy to aid healing. They are also used in the same way as acupuncture but without needles for people that are needle phobic.
Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture uses needles, whereas acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of hands. Acupressure involves applying pressure to certain points on energy channels around the body to relieve pain. Acupressure massage can be especially beneficial if there are wide areas of the body to be addressed.
Chinese Cupping Therapy
Cupping is an ancient Chinese method of causing local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.
Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins. There is a great newspaper article on Cupping and Acupuncture you can read by clicking this link.
Even Madonna herself is a long-time user of acupuncture having regularly received it after long performances to help ‘keep her dancing legs going’. She’s also reportedly a fan of facial acupuncture as a more natural way to fight the signs of aging.