- Based on the principles of acupuncture, this ancient Chinese technique involves the use of finger pressure (rather than needles) on specific points along the body to treat ailments such as tension and stress, aches and pains, or arthritis. The system is also used for general preventive health care.
The science of acupressure is based on a theory that is totally different from western medicine. The theory states that the human body has fourteen meridians that carry energy throughout the body. These meridians start at the fingertips, connect to the brain, and then connect to the organ associated with the specific meridian. For example, the lung meridian is connected to the lungs via the nervous system. If a lung problem should arise, an obstruction in the lung meridian would slow down the flow of energy. Once the obstruction is removed or dissolved, the energy flow becomes regular and the lungs regain their health.
How is the obstruction removed?
Usually, the age-old analogy of a water pipe makes this concept easy to understand and visualize. A stone in a pipe that carries water lowers the rate at which the water flows through the pipe. If the pipe is pinched right before the area where the stone is located and the water is allowed to build up, the potential energy of the water that is stopped from flowing rises. When water that has high potential energy is freed by releasing the blockage, water flows faster than normal, pushing the obstruction away with it. The obstruction is removed from the area and enables the water to resume its flow.
This is exactly the way acupressure works. The pressure technique is used to remove the obstruction so that energy can flow with regularity and the organ can be made to resume its normal function. If the root problem is cured, the external problem is cured as well.
The accupuncture/meridian system opperates on a 24 hour clock, much like our day. Each meridian system has a 2 hour period that it is at it's strongest. 12 hours later that same meridian is at its weakest period. An example of this meridian system in dysfunction would be when the bladder meridian is weakest between 3-5AM people often wake up to urinate.
Eastern practitioners have also correlated elements and emotions to each of these meridians. Examples of these would be when one gets congested, or runny sinuses when the winds pick up. The element associated with the lungs is wind, when it is out of balance wind would magnify symptoms. For examples of the emotional manifestaions click on the emotion section above.
Acupressure is carried out gently and comfortably with PRESSURE points, NOT NEEDLES.