Acupressure is the practice of applying pressure and massage to parts of the body to relieve stress and treat illnesses. Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing art that has evolved over many centuries. It is now actively practiced around the world and is recognized as a highly effective and natural way to relieve pain and stimulate healing.
The aim of Chinese medicine is to work with the body’s strengths and tendencies and with its’ natural inclination to heal. It is based on a totally different view of what makes humans work, a belief that we can run on vital energy. This life energy is carried to every part of the body in a system of channels called meridians, much as the blood is carried to and from the heart in veins and arteries.
Acupressure focuses on the essences of energy flowing throughout the body and the amazing results achieved by stimulating pressure points along these seemingly invisible meridian energy lines. By massaging an Acupressure point on a meridian line practitioners can affect the movement of this life energy. Working on the right spot can free trapped energy, slow it down if it is moving too fast, or encourage it into an area that it has been bypassing.
Research studies and practitioners from around the world have found acupressure to be effective at alleviating or improving a wide variety of health conditions, including headaches, back pain, appetite control, sexual enjoyment, stress reduction, PMS, and even sinus congestion. This may sound fanciful, however, versions of this system have been operating for thousands of years, in many parts of the world, and scientists testing them with modern research methods are finding evidence that they work.
To a Chinese practitioner the balance of various elements is also important, especially Yin and Yang. Opposing forces that compliment each other, Yin and Yang are sometimes described as the female and male energies. As this is an oversimplification it is important to know that Chinese medicine believes each is us contains both, Yin and Yang. We need a balance of the two to create healthy life force energy and prevent illness. It is important to also realize how much emphasis practitioners of energy medicine place on keeping things in balance, something about which modern health educators are now trying to persuade us.
Acupressure works alongside orthodox medical treatments and may enhance their effects. Acupressure should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical treatment however.