Craig's Corner: Escaping Pressure By Using It To Your Advantage

Both Billy Joel and Queen wrote songs about it. We all feel it. Sometimes you get a massage to escape from it. What is it? Pressure.

We all know that getting a massage is a great way to take a short vacation from life’s pressures. Ironically, the very vehicle to escape from those pressures, uses pressure to accomplish it. This might be one of the rare moments where we actually enjoy pressure.

“Massage therapy has a limited arsenal of therapeutic remedies. The massage practitioner can count only on different forms of pressure (including vibration), stretching, and the activation of temperature receptors. Between these three modalities, pressure is the main therapeutic tool, with stretching and temperature receptors’ activation playing a supportive role in the treatment.”

—Ross Turchaninov, M.D. MASSAGE & BODYWORK, October/November 2000

With the design of the Abacus®, I considered the importance of pressure in self-therapy. I have done in-depth research prior to and during the invention and development of the Abacus®. I would like to share with you a few of my go-to websites on pressure:


See what these folks have to say about the use of barefoot deep tissue, trigger point therapy and myofascial release all relating to pressure.

Southeast Orthopedic Specialists

When getting a massage, how much pressure is enough? They take a closer look at the benefits of pressure when answering this question.


They also do a great job on answering what’s the right amount of pressure to apply to muscles in massage therapy and self-massage. I hope they are helpful to you in your search for solutions as well. 

I hope this sheds a little light on the Abacus®.

With its compression, squeezing and rolling functions, the revolutionary device provides a unique self-care approach to self massage and the use of pressure – and you won’t wear out your hand while you are at it!

Consider including the Abacus® in your massage device toolbox. And of course, no pressure, just a suggestion! 😊