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Interview with Therapist Dawna Gutzmann, MD
Do you frequently experience anxiety and want relieve? If you answered, “yes” then acupressure could help reduce and even eliminate your feelings of anxiety. To help understand how acupressure can help relieve anxiety and what a typical acupressure session would be like, I have interviewed therapist Dawna Gutzmann, MD.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
“I am a physician, licensed in Illinois since 1987, trained in psychiatry at Northwestern University School of Medicine. I also have extensive training in various alternative methods of treating mental health challenges including acupressure.”
What type of impact can anxiety have on someone’s overall life?
“Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders. Persons who are challenged with anxiety experience a diminished quality of life and reduced productivity. Anxiety disorders can be so severe that an individual is completely debilitated and may find it impossible to even leave their home.”
How can acupressure help relieve someone’s level of anxiety?
“We really do not know how acupressure works. What is seen clinically, however, is that stimulation of certain acupressure points can produce a state of relaxation that is sustained. When practiced regularly, acupressure can completely alleviate anxiety disorders in some people.”
What would a typical acupressure session be like for someone that wants relieve from anxiety?
“In a typical session, the therapist teaches their client how to stimulate a sequence of acupressure points that can be used outside of the session to reduce anxiety. Some therapists, such as those practicing Shiatsu massage and Jin Shin Do, stimulate the acupressure points or energy meridians for the clients.”
Would additional forms of therapy be needed in order to maximize the positive impact of acupressure? If “yes” then what?
“For anxiety disorders, the best results are usually achieved when clients are taught a variety of coping skills to manage or overcome anxiety. One tool is often not adequate to achieve remission of symptoms. Sometimes anxiety disorders result from an experience of trauma that must be resolved in psychotherapy.”
Thank you Dr. Gutzmann for doing the interview on how acupressure can help relieve anxiety.