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Acupressure Defined

Acupressure is an ancient healing art using the fingers and other parts of the body to skillfully press key points, which stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. When these trigger points are pressed, they release muscular tension, and promote circulation of blood, and the body's life force energy to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same pressure points and meridians, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses gentle to firm pressure and integrates bodywork therapies, therapeutic touch, somatic work, healing imagery, energy psychology, and massage therapy techniques.

Advantages of Using Acupressure include relieving pain, balancing the body, and maintaining good health. Acupressure's healing touch reduces tension, increases circulation, and enables the body to relax deeply. By relieving stress, acupressure therapy strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness.  Learn self-acupressure point formulas for various energy imbalances and healing applications.

Pressure Point Massage Methods are taught in the books, booklets, and DVDs displayed on the left of this page, all using the same ancient trigger points. Varying rhythms, pressures, and techniques create different styles of acupressure. Shiatsu, for instance, the most well-known style of acupressure, can be quite vigorous, with firm pressure applied to each point for three to five seconds, while the Jin Shin style of acupressure gently holds at least two points at once for a minute or more.  Tuina (Tui Na) Chinese and Thai Massage bodywork rigorously stimulates the healing energy (Qi) in the points, while western Swedish Oil Massage is more soothing. 

Energy Work & Reiki: The most potent energy work uses acupressure points. Energy (know as Chi or Qi) flows most freely when you touch, press, or hold the acupressure points. Healing pressure points are the gateways to the body's life energy force. This universal energy source is also the basis of traditional Martial Arts self-defense techniques and traditional healing art practices. The flow of this vital healing energy governs blood circulation, the function and balance of the human body. Studying the location and how to touch acupuncture points is key to transformational energy work, therapeutic touch, and massage therapy.  Learn how to heal the body by sending life energy (Reiki) through the acupressure points. Channeling Reiki energy through the acupressure points can enable you to tap into Traditional Chinese Medicine’s tremendous wealth of ancient healing knowledge – that’s point specific.