Acupressure Explained, by Guest Blogger Jamee Williams, LMT

Jamee Williams, LMT, demonstrates Acupressure on her colleague.

Jamee Williams, LMT, demonstrates Acupressure on her colleague.

Our licensed massage therapist, Jamee, has been incorporating more acupressure techniques into her massage in recent months and her clients are enjoying excellent results.  I’ve had the privilege of experiencing firsthand the great work she can do with acupressure and am thrilled she agreed to share more with our readers.

The info contained below is by our expert, Jamee. Enjoy! ~Cassie

Acupressure Explained:

According to Chinese Medicine, qi is the vital life force of the body, which, when flowing freely nurtures, sustains, and heals. The qi is directed throughout the body by 12 channels called meridians. Each of these meridians then direct the qi to their corresponding organ points, and it is at these points that blockage (usually due to trauma of a physical, emotional, or mental nature) or stagnation occurs. It is stated that pain is the manifestation of stagnant or sluggish qi.  Acupressure is the practice of tonifying or depleting excess energy at these points as needed, thus creating a harmonious balance between mind and body, yin and yang.

Acupressure v. Acupuncture:

The practice of acupuncture is 5000 years old and the first needles were made out of stone. Acupressure predates acupuncture and even massage by many generations as one of the first forms of medicine. While acupuncture is derived from acupressure, employing the same points and meridians, acupuncture uses various needling techniques requiring a more extensive clinical education. Acupressure relies solely on finger pressure and is non invasive.  I have over 100 hours of training in acupressure and have spent the last two years adapting my massage technique to best relieve blockages and stimulate the inherent self healing capabilities of each client I work with.

EastVillageSpaAcupressure4What is an acupressure session like?

While acupressure points are potent and can be used singly, there are many possible sequences to choose from so I can personalize your treatment to specific needs. During a treatment, you will remain fully clothed, face up on the massage table, while I perform a sequence connecting different points and meridians along the right and left sides of the body.  I will check in about pressure and encourage you to speak up if you experience any discomfort.

Pressure points are generally tender, but should not cause actual pain. A quiet, relaxed mind and body is essential for the work.  It is just as important for the conscious mind to take a break as it is for me to focus on the work.  My clients report a state of deep relaxation, well-being, and even lucid dreaming.

While I use acupressure in each massage, I am very excited to offer it as a stand alone treatment as the effects of a deeper, more focused application are much more pronounced and treatment possibilities much broader.  Even so, acupressure is much like any other bodywork/self care regimen in that you get out of it what you put into it.  Most imbalances take time to build up, so therefor cannot be permanently eliminated in one session.  As acupressure is cumulative, you can expect relief after the first session, but depending on the nature and severity of the problem being addressed, it may take up to 3-5 treatments to achieve lasting results. At the end of each session, we will work together to develop a self care plan for you, and it is important to carry through on that for optimal results.

EastVillageSpaAcupressureMassage6What can acupressure help?

As acupressure focuses on restoring and maintaining the homeostasis throughout the body and mind, any number of conditions will benefit including, but by no means limited to:

  • swollen joints/arthritis/rheumatism
  • joint and muscle pain
  • tendonitis/bursitis
  • depression and anxiety
  • lethargy/adrenal fatigue
  • insomnia
  • Sexual disorders
  • headaches/chronic migraines
  • chronic conditions that may not be responding to traditional forms of treatment
  • many more!


Thank you for taking time to learn more about Acupressure! Jamee Williams, LMT

Sign me up!

If you wish to schedule an acupressure appointment with Jamee, book a 75 minute Wellness Massage and request Jamee.  In the booking notes online or over the phone, let the receptionist know you wish to have an acupressure session so she can be prepared.  You will want to wear comfortable clothing (like gym or yoga clothes) as you will remain fully clothed.  Jamee is currently our only massage therapist offering this service.

Click here to schedule online (request Jamee from the drop down menu and make a booking note in your 75 minutes Wellness massage that you want acupressure) or call (515) 309-2904 and request acupressure with Jamee


Get to know Jamee, Licensed Massage Therapist

Jamee Williams, LMT, joined our team in 2015.  She is one of the most unique individuals we’ve ever met and her clients love the way she infuses Eastern modalities like acupuressure and Shiatsu into her sessions.

Where and when did you receive your professional training?

I graduated from Body Wisdom Massage Therapy school and became licensed in 2015. Prior to that I had been working in healthcare as a CNA since 1998 and also a CMA since 2005.

What are your specialties?

I offer all of the massages available at East Village Spa including prenatal and “Two Feet Deep” barefoot bars massage, but my true passion is for Shiatsu, cupping, and acupuressure. I have traveled to Hawaii to study Shitasu and cupping from Shinzo Fujimaki, a renowned expert.

Why did you become a massage therapist?

I worked with seniors and hospice patients for 17 years as a healthcare provider and wanted to do more to relieve pain and anxiety without resorting to medication.

Describe your treatment style in 3 words:

Comforting, balancing, relieving

What is your favorite service to give?

Acupuressure (You can book this with me by calling the spa and requesting a 60 or 90 minute “Custom Eastern Massage” which allows me to best prepare for your service. This is not available for online booking.)

What is your favorite service to receive?

Athletic edge sports massage

What is your favorite spa retail product?

The Pure Inventions Tranquility Tea

What are your favorite ways to reduce stress?

Meditation, Qi Gong, and spending time outdoors

How do you spend time outside of work?

I love travel, yoga, hiking and camping. I find that the more coffee you drink in exotic locales, the more the human experience sinks in, and skills and knowledge evolve from there.


Why should clients visit YOU?

There are many factors, responsibilities and expectations making up our daily lives that it is easy for our perspective to become cloudy and for us to lose sight of our true selves. The modalities that I specialize in are focused on meridian work, which is centered around helping you to release unwanted baggage that no longer serves you and holds you back from finding joy in your true self. It is important to be able to relax, unwind, and be genuine. I want to provide a safe, secure environment to let go and find relief from physical or emotional pain.

What are guests saying about Jamee?

“Jamee was incredibly helpful in working out my shoulder and giving me tips on things I can do at home to help.”

“Jamee finds all the nasty, gnarled up spots in my muscles and helps break them up, leaving me feeling amazing!”

“I’m not exaggerating when I say Jamee has improved my quality of life. She has helped my upper back issues to the point where most of the time, I’m pain free. I appreciate her approach: Acupressure, massage and cupping. She cares about my well-being and that means so much.”

To book a massage with Jamee, click here! To ensure that your service is marked as a request, select “Specific Therapist” from the drop down menu, then select Jamee’s name to see her openings. This will indicate to the desk that you intended to request Jamee.