Jan 10: Acupressure

Have you ever tried acupressure to treat a problem? What was your experience with it?

Usually whenever I go and have a massage I look something like this

Provided I’m not moaning and groaning… or worse, snoring. I love massage. I can’t get enough of it. My ideal holiday is to somewhere like Bali or Thailand when I can get two massages per day, every day, for about 2 weeks, on the beach. That is my idea of absolute heaven.

I do love a bit of acupressure and sports massage. Given that I work two jobs, I’m always feeling stressed and tense, and my body is full of tight muscles, acupressure really helps a lot to relieve some of that tension and work out some of the knots. Generally I carry my tension in my neck and my lower back, and there are some trigger points and pressure points that my physio will find and just go to town on.

There’s one particular point in my neck… I can never remember what it’s called, but I just know that when he finds it, he literally squeezes it with his thumb and his index finger. It’s one of the most painful and uncomfortable moments – it’s just pain shooting right up the nerve endings into my brain… but it slowly subsides, and the tension goes away.

That’s the one thing I don’t like about acupressure, is that for me, I know it’s going to hurt. A lot. But I know that I can tolerate the pain and discomfort for the end result.

There’s actually a massage place that’s opened up at the end of our street. I noticed it last night when I was walking home, and I’m thinking that I might go and check it out – see what they have to offer and whether or not it’s worth going back again.