By guest blogger Julie Cerrato, PhD, AP, CYT, CAT
This unique alternative health modality, developed by Acupressure Institute founder Michael Reed Gach, combines the benefits of the Indian practice of yoga with the Chinese practice of acupressure.
Both systems aim to reduce mental and physical stress while creating overall balance.
Acupressure, which uses the fingertips to apply pressure on specific points in the body, is known to increase vascular circulation and promote healing energy known as chi, prana, or qi.
Similarly, yoga directs prana flow throughout the body along the same energetic pathways to promote muscle and central nervous system relaxation.
This relaxation effect complements chronic pain care since acupressure and yoga are thought to inhibit the pain signals sent to the brain and dramatically reduce pain sensations.
Gentle, yet potent Acu-Yoga motions combined with key acupressure stimulation provide a flow of energy throughout the body that enhances the fluidity of joint movement. As a result of joint and muscle movement, lymphatic tissue is gently compressed and effectively drained.
Experience isn’t necessary to benefit from Acu-Yoga, which helps in healing the body, mind and spirit. No needles are used in this gentle restorative modality as the acupressure points are self-applied using your fingertips.
Julie Cerrato, combines Acu-yoga and the QiGong (pronounced “chee gong”) flow movements of Tai Chi in Oxford Valley Pain and Spine Center’s free monthly healing yoga sessions for people with chronic pain and Fibromyalgia. Using Qi flow movements in yoga harnesses energy from the environment and shares it to create a revitalizing and self-healing environment. Oxford Valley Pain and Spine Center is a chronic pain management practice with offices in Langhorne and Bensalem.
The next Healing Yoga session is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m. at the Sheraton Bucks County, 400 Oxford Valley Road. For more information or to register, call 215-741-4410.