Acupressure is a technique developed over 5,000 years ago as an important aspect of the Asian medicine, especially Traditional Chinese medicine. It uses precise finger placement and pressure over points, on specific channels, known as meridians.
The meridians and points are the same used in acupuncture.
Acupressure is believed to balance, enhance or unblock life-energy, known in China as “qi” or in the English as “chi.” Selection of the points used is based on the points functions and energetics coupled with the desired outcome of the point work.
According to Asian medical philosophy, activating these points with pressure (or needles) balances Qi energy and allows it to flow more freely through the meridians, promoting healing and the restoration of the proper function of the body, mind and spirit.
The goal of every good acupressure practitioner is to primarily prevent imbalances that can cause physical, mental and spiritual problems, and secondary to help eliminate imbalances as needed.
Acupressure point work has hundreds of uses to prevent or relieve:
- tension in muscles
- circulation problems
- motion sickness
- neck and back pain
- sexual dysfunction
- mental and emotional issues
- and much, much more
Acupressure can be performed by a trained practitioner or learned as a form of self care for humans and their animals.