Healthworks Practitioner: Grace Pirnie (MAR)

Tel: 01309 671504
Mob: 07977 467182




What is Acupressure?

Acupressure is similar in principle to Acupuncture but without any needles. It aims to treat a person’s energy system, releasing blocked energy within the body.

Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that Chi or energy flows around the body in energy pathways called Meridians. Acupressure points are considered gateways on these Meridians. These energy pathways may become blocked by stress, injury or by our modern day lifestyles. Massaging and stimulating these points assists the flow of energy around the body.

Auricular Acupressure Therapy

Auricular Therapy or Auricular Reflexology is a microsystem therapy based on the premise that the ears reflect a map of the whole body. The origins of Auricular Therapy are based in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but were further developed in the 1950’s by Dr Paul Nogier - based upon the concept of an inverted foetus orientation, Dr Nogier developed the somatotopic map of the ear. 

An Auricular Therapy Treatment Session

During an auricular acupressure treatment session, Grace locates the points on the ears using an Acupoint locator and then applies ear magnets or vaccaria seeds to these ear points. Using the NADA protocol for detox or whatever protocol is best for you - these points can then be stimulated by you, the client for a few days after the treatment session.

Seated Acupressure Massage

Seated Acupressure Massage is a short treatment given through a clients clothes in an ergonomically designed chair. The specific sequence of Seated Acupressure has been designed as an effective treatment to manage modern day stress, using the Ancient Wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine.It is based on the Oriental Massage called Anma – which can be translated as “push-pull” or “press-rub”.

  1. Seated Acupressure Bodywork sequence was specifically developed to treat computer workers with these problems.
  2. Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
  3. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)
  4. Back Pain

Which are often seen as occupational illnesses and injuries related to stress. Stress can be caused by the pressures of work and modern day living and is one of the main causes of illness in the West.

A Seated Acupressure Treatment 

The treatment session follows a specific sequence of pressure and massage techniques. The therapist works on the acupressure points and meridians found on the back, shoulders, neck, head, arms and hands during your treatment session. These points are stimulated using thumb, finger, elbow and forearm pressure with the addition of gentle kneading, percussion, mobilization and stretching. The result is a deeply relaxing therapy that may leave you feeling calm and energised.

Further Reading

Handbook to Auriculotherapy, by P.M.F. Nogier
Seated Acupressure Bodywork by Andrew Parfitt
Acupressure and Reflextherapy in the Treatment of Medical Conditions, by John R Cross
Reflected Energy Pathways, by John R Cross

Healthworks Practitioner: Grace Pirnie (MAR)

Grace is a Clinical Reflexologist with qualifications in Advanced and Meridian Reflexology to HND level. She has a Diploma in Auricular Acupuncture and Acupressure Massage. As well as offering auricular acupressure and seated acupressure massage therapy, Grace treats acupressure points located on the feet, hands and ears during a reflexology session.

For further information or to make an appointment, please contact Grace as above.