Regular readers will know that my day job entails writing for and editing Aspire Magazine, a local publication that is delivered to Skipton and the surrounding areas. Each month we feature a series of health columns and sometimes I am lucky enough to try a treatment which I then write about. Last December, I had an acupressure massage at Craven Clinic in Skipton, the review of which appears in the latest, (February), issue
Seated Acupressure Massage, also known as On Site Massage, (OSM) is a twenty minute treatment
given through the clothes, often at the workplace to a client who is seated. It
was introduced in the USA at Apple and was later brought to the UK and a folding,
ergonomic, portable chair was specially designed for optimum comfort. Based on a traditional form of Japanese massage, the sequence works to improve the flow of energy throughout the body and acts on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Over 60 acupressure points are
included, as well as specific trigger points. It is a revitalising treatment which aims to promote a sense of wellbeing, relax tense muscles and increase blood circulation.
My treatment was carried out by Elizabeth Crosland who asked me about my health and well-being before starting the treatment. I went the day before the print deadline for the January issue, so my shoulders and lower back attested to the many hours spent on the laptop that week.
The chair, though unusual, was incredibly comfortable and my body felt totally
supported. The client sits facing the back of the chair with the knees and the head on comfortable rests.
(I took these photos with my phone, so the quality isn’t perfect, but it gives a good enough idea).
The massage varied in pressure and tempo and was absolutely blissful. Liz eased my tense shoulders and massaged the ache away from my lower back- complaints typical of those who work at a desk. I honestly felt so comfortable that I could have stayed all afternoon. Liz was friendly, warm and professional and I felt completely at ease and in fact we chatted for quite a while after my treatment had finished.
It was relaxing and soothing yet invigorating and I returned home to work feeling revitalised,
energised and a lot more relaxed. It is done without oils or lotions and through the clothes so it is absolutely ideal to be taken to the workplace as well as hospitals, schools, exhibitions, public events, sport events, charity events.
If you are looking for a quick, beneficial boost which soothes, uplifts and increases productivity, I cannot think of a better option than this.