Most people are familiar with the concept of acupuncture but not many know of its non-invasive counterpart, Acupressure. While acupuncture employs the use of needles, acupressure is a healing modality which utilizes gentle pressure on various points on the body which stimulates energy and healing. The body is made up of a life-force energy called qi (pronounced key) or chi (pronounced chee). This energy travels throughout the body via pathways known as meridians. There are 14 meridians which flow through the body and these meridians correlate to specific organs. All along these meridians are hundreds of points (called acupoints). These points and meridians network throughout the body and connect the entire system. They enable the energy to flow smoothly throughout our bodies and perform life-sustaining functions. Stress, dis-ease, and illness, along with many other outside factors can cause blockages and imbalances in the flow of energy which can lead to pain, injuries, emotional distress, etc.

During an acupressure session, the practitioner will apply gentle pressure using their fingers, hands, etc. to various pressure points which will bring circulation of energy—and blood—to that point. Endorphins are released in the body due to this stimulation which aid in the relief of pain. And, much like other bodywork, toxins are also released (which is why clients should remain hydrated after receiving an acupressure session). Acupressure aids in both physical and mental relaxation as tensions are literally pressed from the body! The physical benefits of acupressure are too numerous to count: acupressure has been proven to relieve hypertension, boost the immune system, lessen the frequency and intensity of headaches/migraines, lower blood pressure, relieve pain associated with multiple sclerosis, neuralgia and fibromyalgia, treat anxiety and depression, and generally increase energy levels among other healing results. In conjunction with other modalities—or even used by itself—acupressure has virtually limitless possibilities!

Acupressure is an ancient healing art that has been practiced for over 5000 years! (A little realized fact is that acupressure actually predates it’s more well known counterpart of acupuncture by several thousand years.) Once ancient peoples found the correlation between certain points on the body and various ailments and illnesses, acupressure was born. Accounts of this healing modality have been found in ancient medical texts in China as well as the Vedic texts in ancient India. Acupressure, in conjunction with herbal remedies and essential oils, addressed both the medical and spiritual needs of ancient peoples.

While the physical and mental benefits of acupressure have been well documented over the past 5000 plus years, Western medicine is just now beginning to take a closer look at this healing modality. Hospitals and medical doctors in private practices are now beginning to encourage the use of acupressure and acupuncture as part of a regimen for pain management as well part of a healthy and balanced regimen for general wellness.

Animals/Pets Acupressure, Massage & Healing
Nutrition & Herbs

The bond between humans and domesticated animals is a strong one that dates back thousands of years. Our pets sometimes provide us with relationships that we are lacking in our lives…perhaps a best friend, a child, a protector or a playmate…and it all comes down to one thing…unconditional love. Yes, our pets love us unconditionally, through good times, bad times, illness, depression, etc… We are so connected with our pets that we often know what they are thinking and feeling, and they, us. There have been many books written about the healing affects that animals have on humans. Pet ownership can be a wonderful rewarding experience. Owning a pet can be a win-win situation for both the pet and the owner.

Because our pets are so loving and giving of themselves to us, we should also give back to them by making sure that they are in a safe, clean, happy environment, have a healthy diet, get the proper exercise and have yearly veterinarian check-ups. In addition to all of the above suggestions, acupressure and/or healings can assist in releasing any energy blockages in your pet’s body allowing your pet to have optimum health and live a long life which in turn provides you with years of pleasure and unconditional love.

Acupressure, massage and healings are terrific modalities to use on ill pets and healthy pets alike. The main reason for providing such healing sessions to a healthy pet is to keep them in optimum health. There are two reasons for providing healing sessions to an ill pet and they are: One is that any of the above mentioned modalities will open any energy blockages in yourpet’s body allowing a free flow of energy to return so that healing can occur. Two, the healing session will provide comfort to a seriously ill pet to make their transition easier and pain free.

Give your pet the gift of optimum health by providing them with an acupressure, massage and/orhealing session.

Nutrition and Herbs for Pets

Much like humans, animals can greatly benefit from the use of proper nutrition and herbs. As a Naturopath and Master Herbalist, Patricia has assisted in the healing of many animals through the use of nutrition and herbs. Many of the same herbs that are used on humans can be used on animals too.

Dear Patty,

I would like to express my deep appreciation for the wonderful healing journey you afforded me. There was so much going on in my body that I was no longer in touch with myself. After my consultation (which was in itself so healing) I followed your instructions and it was a very short time before I began to feel better in my body and spirit. I have developed a new relationship with my diet and it was such an easy transformation. I love what I take into my body and my body is loving me right back! You are an amazing healer, and a fine human being. Keep up the good work.

- KD, Orange, NJ

Wholistic Wellness Associates, LLC

368B Chestnut Street
Union, NJ 07083
Phone: (908) 206-1399
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Patricia Pedersen, ND, CNC, MH, ACH
Robert Brienza, Master Hypnotist
Angela Roberts, Acupressurist