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Hi, I'm Hillary Talbott, acupuncture physician and clinical herbalist, coming to you today from Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies. Recently, some of you have asked for me to demonstrate some acupressure and massage techniques. So, I'm going to show you a few that you might enjoy. One great way to figure out which techniques you like is to actually go and have a massage. Try not to drift off into lala land, and pay attention to which techniques you find most inviting. So, I've demonstrated before sweeping, which is just like it says. Using slight to moderate pressure to increase circulation. Pressing using the thumbs to press and stimulate points is also very effective. This is great on areas of the face where you don't want to use a lot of pressure but just want to increase circulation. Rolling using the back of the hands with a loose arm to alleviate tension. This is best done on large muscle areas such as the back, the buttocks and the legs. Kneading where you use your hands and knead as if it was dough on a cutting board to relieve tension. This allows you to also search for knots and trigger points. Trigger points being sensitive points of accumulation in the body. And then you can fine tune that and use kneading techniques there in those areas. Yeah we found one here. And then there are percussion methods which are best used on the yang areas of the body being the back side as well as the legs, the stronger parts of the body. So, I'm going to make loose fists with, for percussion and I'm just going to gently go up and down the spine in an alternating motion. This can be pretty rejuvenating so let's say you are having a sluggish moment in the day, getting a friend to do this on your back feels great. And then one of my personal favorites put makes a lot of noise is slapping. You want to cup your hand before you do this. You don't want to actually slap the person or yourself because that would sting. And then you are just going to go up and down the body. This is quite rejuvenating if you are feeling sluggish. Again to learn more about certain techniques I encourage you to visit your local massage therapists or acupuncture physician and experience a massage for yourself so that you can understand which techniques are best suited for your own body. I'm Hillary Talbott, and that was acupressure and massage techniques.