Directed Pressure Point Technique (DPPT) is a wellness profession that recognizes the body’s ability to heal and repair itself, and to maintain itself in a healthy state. Practitioners of DPPT understand that this self-healing process depends on uninterrupted communication between the brain and the body. So, DPPT is concerned with assisting the body to restore this free flow of information where communication has become blocked or disrupted.
DPPT does not try to force the body into ‘alignment’ to fit preconceived ideas of health. Rather, DPPT practitioners work in harmony with and utilize the body’s capacity to heal itself, facilitating a process through which the body makes its own changes towards restoring wellbeing in its own time. This process is gentle and non-invasive, but extremely effective, as the grateful stories of many DPPT clients testify.
In our increasingly complex, stressful and demanding world we often push our bodies and ignore our feelings in order to survive and remain productive. This can lead to the ‘shut down’ of vital communication in certain areas of the body, a bit like an overloaded electrical circuit that has ‘tripped’. When this happens, for example, muscles in that area of the body become ‘hard’. They lose their elasticity, indicating that the body has lost its natural state of balance. The compressive force of these hard muscles then creates a numbing effect on the sensory nerve receptors in that area of the body, leading to a further shutting down of communication.
Furthermore, this process most often spreads to other areas of the body as it tries to best maintain its natural level of functioning. So, for example, someone with severe lower back pain which after a while ‘goes away’ can, ten to fifteen years later, suddenly start experiencing severe headaches or develop a ‘frozen shoulder’ without any clear reason for this happening. And this is why it is so important to address the body as an integrated whole and not to just focus on where the person is feeling pain. Working this way sends a message to the brain to ‘re-set’ the whole body.
So, for DPPT this work starts with restoring communication where it has shut down. With this reconnection, elasticity returns to the muscle, which in turn further decompresses nerves in that area, opening pathways to the brain. This process of restoring communication between brain cells and tissue cells enables the self-healing mechanisms of the body to be activated, returning the body as a whole to its natural level of functioning. This is when the person experiences a greater sense of wellbeing.
DPPT is invaluable for everyone, from newborn babies through to the very elderly, chronically ill and disabled. People in apparent good health will also benefit, as DPPT will enhance the body’s capacity to maintain optimum wellness.
Each person is approached as a unique individual and the frequency is determined by the state of the person’s wellness. The practitioner will reassess at each visit and assist in giving guidelines regarding the need for further visits.