Acupressure is an amazing, non-invasive therapy that works similarly to acupuncture in that it rebalances, revitalizes and realigns the body by removing blocked or stagnant “chi” (energy). Acupressure works by placing pressure on specific points on the body to release Qi. Acupoints, or pressure points, are located on the channels (meridians). When precise pressure is exerted onto an acupoint, the gate is opened and Qi flows through.
The pressure administered is often held lightly for several seconds to minutes depending on the comfort of the client. Light pressure may be applied in circular movements, pushing the acupoint in and out, or a combination, to tonify or disperse Qi. Although the points manipulated may be sensitive, acupressure should not be painful. The amount of pressure used should be the same amount one would use to touch their eyelid.
There are 365 points that are located on the 12 major Meridians. Meridians, or channels, are invisible pathways through which Qi flows and forms an energy network that connects all parts of the body. Each Meridian is directly connected to an organ system.
The meridian network links meridians with each other and connects all body structures. The meridians connect the interior with exterior and the upper body with the lower body. This interlinked, animating network through which Qi flows freely makes the body an organic whole.
Think of Qi in terms of blood and life force circulating continually throughout the body to sustain life. If blood flow is blocked or interrupted, the affected part may starve from lack of oxygen and nutrients. The body responds by sending a warning signal in the form of symptoms. Some of these symptoms might include pain, inflammation, muscle spasm or tingling sensations.
When Qi is flowing smoothly throughout the body, good health is enjoyed. However, if this flow of energy is blocked (i.e. from trauma, stress, outside pathogens, etc…) acupressure can release Qi to work toward restoring the body’s balance.