Acupressure in Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the theory of five elements and various energy meridians/ channels within our body.
TCM sees our body as a complete system that is completely connected. Chi is a type of force that is believed to connect and flow through our entire body through routes that are called “meridians”. We have twelve main meridians in our body and they are named after the organ that they are linked with. The meridians include the lung, spleen, heart, stomach, large intestine, small intestine, kidney, bladder, liver, triple warmer, gallbladder and pericardium meridian.
Since in acupressure, we apply pressure to specific energy points on our body, it can easily be used as a simple self-healing technique.
Since acupressure involved applied pressure by using the hands, it is often used as a method to treat oneself as well. The benefits of receiving acupressure include relief of stress, relaxation in the body and mind, improved circulation of the blood, stimulating the body’s response to removing toxins, improved levels of energy, reduced pains during labor, alleviation of aches in the head, shoulder or neck, encouraging healing in the body (such as with injuries) and a great feeling within one’s body.
The key benefit of receiving acupressure treatment is: stress-relief and a feeling of joyful relaxation and well-being.
Acupressure also helps with improving circulation, elevating energy levels within our body, reducing aches and pains along with encouraging health and healing, by vitalizing body's intrinsic healing abilities.
The reason acupressure works is because the stress of the fingers at the specific points encourages the body to work better at helping these points recover, such as by encouraging blood circulation and relieving tension in the muscle. Acupressure can be used when one already has a problem but it is great method for prevention as well. Just to get an idea of how in sync our body is to our vital organs, imagine that there are at least 800 points that run through the meridians that play a role in effecting the organ it is related to.
Acupressure can be a great preventative and healing technique, particularly to help balance our body and address chronic issues and problems. Even though it is a method of TCM, many of those in western medicine have been trying to see how it translates to modern medicine and have found that it can encourage endorphins in the body.
Acupressure is a Body Work healing method from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has roots from thousands of years ago. There are mentions and detailed usages of Acupressure in Ayurveda, which has an even more ancient history. It involves applying pressure to special energy points (called acupressure points) on the body. There are hundreds of acupressure points on our body which belong to the 12 major energy meridian lines, which in turn connect to all our vital organs.
During an acupressure session, one typically lies fully clothed on a soft massage table. The practitioner then gently presses on acupressure points with their fingers, palms, elbows or special tools.