Since its development in the 1980s, seated acupressure bodywork has spread rapidly across the world, and more and more people are becoming familiar with massage in a chair. Therapists can often be seen in shopping centres, department stores, airports, and health fairs, offering this 20-minute treatment to members of the public. Treatment can also be offered 'on-site' in the workplace, as well as from private clinics.
Seated acupressure bodywork is a sequence developed from traditional oriental anma and shiatsu style massage techniques to improve health, energy flow, and reduce tension. Acupressure points are located throughout the body on meridian lines, and are stimulated using finger and elbow pressure with the addition of kneading, percussion, mobilization, and stretching. This will balance the flow of energy and stimulate the muscular, nervous, lymphatic, immune, and circulatory systems, leaving the client relaxed yet energized - the perfect remedy to a stressful life.
This practical handbook, fully illustrated in colour with photographs and line drawings, takes the reader through the techniques involved.
Andrew Parfitt qualified in acupuncture from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine and in shiatsu from The European Shiatsu School. He now teaches shiatsu and seated bodywork courses within the European Shiatsu School.