Developed by Michael Reed Gach in the 1970s, Acu-Yoga is a therapeutic mixture of Chinese Acupressure and Indian Ayurvedic Yoga. It can be applied by a therapist or used as a self-care practice.
The goal of Acu-Yoga massage therapy is to help relax muscle tensions, alleviate stress, resolve a variety of chronic pains, and balance the body’s vital energy — Prana or Qi Life Energy — using various yogic postures (asanas), acupressure pressure points and stretches. Additionally it’s thought that Acu-Yoga also helps with emotional and spiritual transformation.
As for the acupressure part of the session, one lies on the floor on a massage mat in various designated Yoga positions so that the body can benefit optimally of the acupressure treatment. It’s thought that massaging i.e. applying acupressure in certain Yoga positions is more beneficial than using common massage postures.
Learn more about Acu-Yoga on Michael’s website.