Definition - What does Acupressure mean?
Acupressure is an ancient healing method, used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for more than 2000 years. It uses the same principles as Acupuncture, applying pressure rather than needles to stimulate meridians in the body. It is a hands-on therapy, in which pressure is applied to certain points in order to remove energetic blockages, release muscular tension and encourage a healthy flow of energy.
Acupressure is used to alleviate nausea, headaches and chronic pain, as well as for treating a variety of conditions such as insomnia, fatigue and poor digestion.
Yogapedia explains Acupressure
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are numerous meridians or energy channels in the body. A steady and balanced flow of qi (also spelt Chi) or life force energy through these meridians is vital for good health, and any blockage or imbalance is the root cause of disease and illness.
Acupressure practitioners use their fingers, palms, elbows or feet to apply pressure and stimulation to certain points along the patient's meridians. In doing so, a healthy flow of qi is restored, and the body receives signals to activate its own self-healing and regulatory mechanisms.
The body's meridians can also be stimulated via the hands and fingers. By pressing and massaging certain points on the hands, it is possible to ease symptoms in specific parts of the body. With practice, it is possible to perform self-acupressure in this way.