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What Is Acupressure Therapy?

What is acupressure therapy used for, and why is it so popular in Natural Medicine? For about 5,000 years, this modality has played a central role in Chinese medicine.

What Is Acupressure Therapy?

Acupressure uses finger pressure on the same areas of the body that fall along our meridians/energy channels that are focused on with acupuncture. Activating these meridian points with pressure improves circulation, relieves tension, and helps to unblock Qi.

As your energy flows freely through your body’s meridians, you’ll experience relaxation and an overall sense of wellbeing.

What Are the Benefits of Acupressure?

We use acupressure to help clients relieve pain, ease muscle tension, improve circulation and address troubling mental/emotional states all while helping you experience complete relaxation.

Here are just some of the body-mind conditions that respond especially well to acupressure:

  • Aches, pains, and muscle tension
  • Circulatory problems
  • Stress
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Back and neck pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Emotional and mental distress

Some forms of acupressure are easy to perform on yourself while others are done best by a professional practitioner on a massage table.

Why Acupressure Works

Certain points on our bodies are connected to energy pathways that carry and transmit Qi and Blood. By using pressure to stimulate these points, a practitioner can trigger an endorphin release that blocks pain and increases the flow of blood and oxygen to an area.
As this happens, your muscles will relax and heal, and painful sensations can be blocked on their track from the spinal cord to the brain.

One of the ways acupressure works to improve overall wellness is to stimulate the immune system and relieve tension and stress. We typically hold tension in our nervous system and trigger points, which can cause muscles to spasm a bit as they contract. This contraction causes lactic acid to be secreted, which can lead to poor circulation, respiratory challenges, fatigue and pain.

With acupressure treatment, the energy pathways yield under gentle pressure, causing the muscles to relax and elongate. This relaxation allows your blood to flow unrestricted and helps your body eliminate toxins while also releasing the bodies healing agents into your system. This process helps you relax and feel better while also bringing about a peaceful sense of harmony.

What Does Acupressure Feel Like?

What Is Acupressure Therapy

Clients at the Heart Center love coming for acupressure treatments. During the first moments of pressure being applied, your muscles may resist a bit and be tense, but it’s not long before the muscle releases and softens. Then you’ll experience a warm feeling of relaxation. Typically, clients experience relief from their muscle tension within just minutes and then also enjoy a greater range of motion.

Acupressure is effective for nearly everyone, no matter your age or physical condition. You’ll love the feeling as your tense muscles relax, and your energy pathways become unblocked, free to let the flow of energy spread from the top of your head down to the tips of your toes.

Come to Portland’s Heart Center for Acupressure Treatment

Just over the Morrison Bridge, getting to the Heart Center Transformational Acupuncture in Portland is easy. You’ll enjoy the feeling of practically melting under the gentle pressure Aiden Seraphim’s hands offer as he coaxes your body and mind to relax.

If you’ve reached the point in your life where you finally understand that taking care of yourself is a top priority, that your health is worth investing in, and that you deserve to become the best version of YOU, then you’ll love every minute of every treatment you book.

Click or call the Heart Center at 978-701-5125 today to schedule your acupressure appointment with Aiden.


“Aiden has helped me through anxiety, lupus and severe leg and back pain. I am able to function as a normal human being after my treatments. I would recommend Aiden for anyone who is having any issues with anxiety and difficult emotions that lead to physical problems. He has truly helped me become a better person. Check it out, your life will get better!

     -Norri Schmidt Hanbrecht