is the ancient Chinese healing art of using applied pressure on specific
points on the body to relieve common ailments and discomfort. Acupressure
is based on the same concept of meridians and acupoints as acupuncture,
but fingertip pressure is used rather than needles .The aim is also the
same, to balance the flow of energy or qi within the meridians, creating
healthy functioning of the internal organs and preventing or curing disease.
|During a treatment, the therapist
determines the correct points to use in relation to the ailment(s) and then
places gentle pressure on the area(s) using the tips of the index or middle
fingers, or the thumb, or the edge of the fingernail. The pressure must
be even and is most often applied in the direction of the flow of the meridian.
Small rotations may accompany the pressure and depending on the condition,
the effects may be felt immediately (as in the case of blocked sinuses).
The system is also used for general preventative health care. Although sometimes
used as a synonym for Shiatsu, acupressure is usually applied to a limited
number of points to treat a specific condition, while Shiatsu, as practiced
in the West, is generally given as a whole body massage addressing as many
points as possible.
Some conditions which acupressure can treat are: