Acupressure, Zen Shiatsu and acupuncture use the same theory and assessment tools to select the points used in a session. An acupressure practitioner has some advantages. Because her hands are in contact with the points, she can detect changes in the energy during the session. She can then modify the selection of points to accommodate the body’s response. Also, some points are not easy to needle, since they are located too close to bone or nerves, whereas all points are available to the touch.
While some practitioner’s include hands-on massage and hands-on assessment as part of their treatment, most do not. A typical session begins with Hara assessment. This is the initial connection and prepares the body to receive specific point work and increasing the session’s effectiveness. For this reason it is said that acupressure and Shiatsu produce a deeper level of relaxation than a typical standalone acupuncture treatment. Ultimately it is this deeply relaxed state that allows us to reduce stress and strengthen the body’s natural healing ability.
The science of acupressure is based on a theory that is totally different from allopathic medicine (i.e. western medicine). The theory states that the human body has fourteen meridians that carry life force energy throughout the body. These meridians start at the fingertips, connect to the brain, and connect to specific associated organs. The names of these meridians specify the organ associated with them. For example, the lung meridian is connected to the lungs via the nervous system. Theoretically, a lung problem arises if there is an obstruction in the lung meridian that slows down the flow of energy. If the obstruction is removed or dissolved, the flow of energy becomes regular and the lungs start functioning normally. How is the obstruction removed? The answer to this question defines the basic concept of acupressure.
Using a water pipe analogy will make this concept more understandable and easier to visualize. A water pipe becomes blocked with a foreign body (a stone) the flow of water is slowed and even stopped. If the pipe is pinched right before the blocked area water is allowed to build up, as the water builds so does the potential energy. When the water is freed by releasing the pinch, water flows faster than normal, pushing out the obstruction. Once the obstruction is removed from the area the natural flow is resumed. This is exactly how acupressure works. The theory states that obstruction in meridians cause the energy flow to slow which results in a malfunction or even dysfunction in the organ that is associated with the meridian. Using anacupressure technique removes the obstruction and restores energy flow; with regularity normal organ function can be restored. For conditions that a person would typically go to a doctor for, the allopathic doctor would prescribe a medicine or steroid that would relieve the symptoms. An acupressurist will try to find the root cause of the dysfunction, assessing the whole body by reading energy pulses located on the arms, legs, abdomen to find the root cause and set forth with a treatment plan to restore normal function to the system. A root cause could be anything like poor digestion, excessive heat, bad circulation, depression, hormones or just the organ itself. For example a person could have totally healthy lungs and suffer from asthma the root of the problem isn’t the lung but might be a bad stomach, weak circulation, or could even hormone related, typically an allopathic doctor would prescribe steroids, which will give immediate relief, but relief from symptoms only and the potential bad side effects are high.