Training for Acupressure Massage

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Although you need to be professionally trained and licensed to massage others, you don't need anything to work on yourself. Get the basics on acupressure massage training from a doctor of Oriental medicine in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Hillary Talbott, acupuncture physician and clinical herbalist, coming to you today from Acupuncture & Herbal therapies. Today, we will be discussing training for acupressure massage. So, it doesn't take a lot of extensive training to be able to use acupressure on yourself. However, to do it on somebody else, you want to make sure that you have the proper training and that you're a licensed individual through whatever state that you live in. So, how do you find a school that's a good school? I'll tell you, in my searches, naturalhealers.com is a great site because it lists all of the schools out there. You can search for them based on if you're looking for acupuncture, if you're looking for massage, it tells you if they're accredited and how long that school has been, as well as a way to get in touch with them. So, until you're ready to make that step and go all the way into a formal training program, I'm just going to show you some common points that you'll use on yourself. This point here, L.I.-4, is located between the first and second metacarpal bones at the high point of the muscle. So, you just squeeze the hand together, it's right at the end of the curve. And you want to use your thumb and your finger and kind of pinch this area. Now, this area is great to massage for headaches, especially on yourself. Maybe you're sitting in a meeting at work and you can't really be massaging your head to get rid of the headache, but you can sit there quietly and massage this point on yourself, and no one will ever know. The important thing to do when you're utilizing any massage techniques or acupressure is just to try and quietly listen to what your body wants. Intuitively you kind of know where you need to press. And once you find those areas that are tender, that lets you know how much pressure you need to use, whether it's light pressure or heavy pressure. So, continuing on this meridian -- the large intestine meridian -- I'm just going to follow it up to the crease in the elbow. So, this one's really easy to remember because there's a crease here in the hand, and a crease in the elbow. And the meridian is between those two points. So, anywhere along this line, this meridian, there's going to be a series of points. And if you let your finger go, you'll actually kind of fall into the points themselves -- L.I.-5, 6 and so on. And as you go up and kind of palpate the tissue here, you'll notice the changes in the tissue. A lot of times when people that use their arms or sit at a desk, there'll be kind of a knot right here in the forearm that feels so exquisitely painful, but good at the same time to have massaged. And that'll actually help with hand pain because, what it does is, it opens up the entire channel down into the hand. Same thing goes for shoulder pain because this channel continues up into the shoulder. Sometimes I'll use this point to unblock the shoulder. So, just a little bit of basic know-how on where the meridians are and some experimentation on yourself can be sufficient for training on yourself. But remember, if you're going to work on anybody else, that you need to have proper training. And you can find that on a number of different websites. But I myself like www.naturalhealers.com. I'm Hillary Talbott, and that was techniques and training in acurpressure and massage.

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