Zhi Ya: Acupressure
Zhi ya is when manual pressure is applied to the acupuncture points, spots along the acupuncture channels where the chi rises closest to the surface. These are similar to what are called trigger points in deep tissue massage, spots where tension naturally tends to accumulate, typically at the ends or in the middle of a muscle. Focused pressure applied directly to these points can help release tension along the entire length of a muscle by subtly stretching tightly knotted fibers and breaking up the localized stagnation. Acupressure feels good and can often offer pain relief, especially when there are tight, concentrated knots. I often include zhi ya in my acupuncture sessions or combine it with other traditional techniques like cupping.
Acupuncture is the fundamental therapy upon which all of my treatments are built, but my toolbox also includes Chinese herbal medicine, 5-element nutrition, ba guan (cupping), tui na (Chinese medical massage), zhi ya (acupressure), chi nei tsang (internal organ massage), gua sha (massage with jade and horn tools), and topical herbal formulas for pain. If your condition would benefit from any of these traditional techniques they are included at no extra charge. Please click here for more information about my combination treatments.