ACCUPRESSURE


Karen Desabota
April 25, 1994
Anthro-140:
Health, Healing and Culture
Instructor: Brian Donohue-Lynch

Accupressure is an ancient Chinese healing method used to cure
many common ailments. It involves applying pressure to certain
points throughout the body to relieve pain and promote good
health. Since the 1970's it is slowly becoming recognized as an
effective form of healing. Performed by an Accupressure
Therapist, it is relatively painless, and most of the techniques
can be self-taught and administered.

Reading Resources

"LIVING WELL - ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE"
Good Housekeeping
March 1994
by: Maxine Abrams
pg 102, 116, 118
*An introduction to alternative medicine,
including accupressure.

FINGER ACCUPRESSURE
by: Dr. P.C. Chan
1982
Price/Stern/Sloan Publishers
* Shows points and
techniques for treatment
of common ailments
from headaches to colds to insomnia.

ACCUPRESSURE'S POTENT POINTS
by: Michael Reed Gach
1990
Bantam Books
* A self-care guide for common ailments,
specifying points and techniques.

THE PLEASURE OF PRESSURE
Longevity
April 1994
by: Roberta Grant
pg 32, 68-70
* How the medical community is
starting to recognize the
effectiveness of applying pressure and
massage to treat such ailments as
sports injuries, depression and to
relieve stress build-up

60 SECOND SHIATZU
by: Eva Shaw
1986
Mills & Shanderson Publishers
* Gives guidelines on how
to energize, erase pain
and overcome tension through
the use of your fingertips.

THE COMPLETE BOOK OF MASSAGE
by: Clare Maxwell-Hudson
1988
Random House Publishing
* Step-by-step
instructions of all types
of massage, including
a section on Shiatsu.
Gives pressure points, techniques and
lists some healing benifits.

ALTERNATIVE HEALING
by: Mark Kastner, L.AC., Dipl. Ac.
& Hugh
1993
Halcyon Publishing
* A complete guide to
alternative healing methods,
including a section on acupressure
and massage therapy.

Video and Audio Resources

Acupressure Videotapes
by: Michael Reed Gach
* The Bum Back Video
* Releasing Shoulder & Neck Tension
* Fundamentals of Acupressure

Accupressure Audiotapes
by: Michael Reed Gach
* Arthritis Relief
(set of 3 tapes)
* The Rush Hour Refresher
(relieve stress while driving)
* Weight Loss for Women
(decrease hunger & fatigue)
* PMS Relief
(relieving discomfort & cramps)

People-Resources

ELAINE RZEZNIKIEWICZ
203 Herrick Rd
Brooklyn, CT 06234
203-774-4111
* A certified Massage
Therapist in the local area
who incorporates some
accupressure techniques, working
with trigger points and applying
deep-massage.

As One Action Strategy, I
Contacted some INSURANCE COMPANIES
used by local businesses
to see if acupressure
was covered under their
policies. Thier responses were:

* Mass Mutual
- NO -
* Great-West Assurance Co.
- NO -
* Connecticut General Insurance
- YES -
* Falcon Clinic
- NO -
* Blue Cross/Blue Shield
depends on individual policy
* Metropolitan
- NO -

I have personally tried
some of the self-help
accupressure techniques I
have read about in my research.
* I have been able to
relieve on-coming
and
give my self a burst of energy
late at night while doing homework.

THE NEW ENGLAND SCHOOL
OF ACCUPUNCTURE
located in Watertown, MA
617-926-1788
offers a class:
ORIENTAL BODY WORKS THERAPY
* Focusing on accupressure points
and techniques

BOSTON SHIATZU SCHOOL
Porter Square
Cambridge, MA
617-876-4048
* Offers classes and seminars
on accupressure points and techniques.

Some day
I would like to take
a trip to China to learn more
about acupressure.
I would be interested in
finding out
more about its origin and
to see how it is incorporated in the
everyday living practices of the Chinese.

DOVE STAR
50 Whitehall Rd
Hook, NH
603-669-9497
* A training facility in
accupressure, as well as
other types of massage.
After receiving certificate for
accupressure techniques, must also
complete 750 hours of massage therapy
and receive your licence
before you can begin to practice.

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Page Created: Jan. 1994

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