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What is Acupressure

What is Acupressure

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Acupressure is often called acupuncture without the needles. Instead of needles, acupressure involves the application of manual pressure (usually with the fingertips) to specific points on the body.

According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, the body has vital energy called “chi” or “qi” that flows along invisible lines of energy flow called meridians. There are 14 meridians connecting our organs with other parts of our body. Acupuncture and acupressure points lie on those meridians. If the flow of qi is blocked at any point on a meridian, it can be the cause of ailments and lead to disease anywhere along the meridian. That’s why a practitioner may apply pressure to an acupressure point in the foot to relieve a headache.

Acupressure uses light pressure that is applied to specific points in order to help balance the body and the mind. Over thousands of years of careful observation, practitioners of traditional Asian medicine have cataloged hundreds of points on the body that when stimulated can release tension and increase circulation.
A Zen Shiatsu session usually incorporates the use of acupressure points, but acupressure is, in its own right, a standalone therapy that can be used with other therapies or by itself.