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Originating from traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure consists of stimulating acupuncture points by applying pressure. As this technique is usually performed with the thumbs, other fingers, knuckles, elbows and sometimes even the feet. The purpose of acupressure is to harmonize the vital energy, the Qi.


Acupressure can have several benefits. Indeed, in addition to harmonizing energy, it can help to :

  • Improve sleep;
  • Reduce muscular tension;
  • Reduce the effects of stress on the body;
  • Promote a state of well-being and relaxation;
  • Relieve discomfort and pain.
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This is a gentle approach where the therapist applies targeted pressure. Acupressure is usually used as a complement to another manual therapy such as massage, kinesitherapy or orthotherapy. In this case, it will be integrated into the protocol of the prevailing technique. When used alone, acupressure is applied to clothing and can be applied locally to the body. Acupressure can also be used in a chair massage.


Acupressure is safe and has few contraindications. Abstinence is always advisable in the presence of certain illnesses or infectious conditions. Some health conditions must be taken into account such as diabetes, hormonal imbalance, circulatory problems or arthritis, but do not prevent the use of the technique. The contraindications are the same as for a massage therapy session: open or unhealed wounds, fever, infection, skin problems and a history of heart problems. Certain acupressure points should also be avoided by pregnant women.


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