Take your massage to the next level with acupressure

Spa Week runs through Sunday.

Acupressure is more than a massage — much more.

Based on Asian medicine, acupressure heals the body through various hands-on techniques and movements, which stretch and manipulate the body depending on an individual’s condition.

There are a number of energy pathways, known as meridians, that go through the body internally. They work to strengthen the functions of organs, the mind and skin, says Susan Krieger, a New York-based expert in Chinese medicine.

 The hands-on techniques can focus on where the problem is, such as the shoulders, but can also center on points that help release tension, such as the legs and feet.

By working through the energy pathways, acupressure releases endorphins in the brain. “Endorphins are responsible for the calming effect,” Krieger says.

Acupressure is based on the information the body gives to the practitioner, but Krieger also says that a practitioner won’t just immediately treat patients without talking to them first. A practitioner will talk to the patients, examine their face and take their pulse.

“I always talk to [patients],” she says. “I want to hear from them.”

 Acupressure is for people of all ages and in all stages of health.

Krieger recommends the treatment to anyone who needs to find a change and who is willing to take the time to do some healing for themselves.

“Acupressure is all about bringing balance to body and mind,” Krieger says.

Healing powers

Acupressure can help:
   
Headaches
Back, neck and shoulder pain
Facial lines and wrinkles
Fatigue
Stress
Insomnia
Digestive issues
Arthritis
Concentration

Follow Mary Ann Georgantopoulos on Twitter @marygeorgant


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Local

African couple claiming misidentification in robbery case to…

At a bail hearing today for Vickson and Lorfu Korlewala, charged in the robbery of an 80-year-old woman, bail was reduced from $1 million total to $500,000.

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

Music

Both feet on the ground with Aimee Mann…

What began with a cool double-bill of Ted Leo opening for Aimee Mann morphed into a full-fledged collaborative project that they're calling The Both. “There…

NHL

Rangers draw first blood against Flyers in Game…

Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart to lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win.

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.