Acupressure predates acupuncture and is described in the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine (dating back approximately 2300 BC) as one of the five major branches of medicine. Firm yet gentle pressure of fingers stimulate specific energy points to promote the body's natural energetic self-curative abilities.
Energy & Pathways
Theories vary on how or why, but across the board scientist agree that we are energy beings. To understand acupressure massage/puncture imagine an invisible pathway system running throughout the body, kind of like the circulatory or lymphatic system except ENERGY flows thru the channels vs blood & lymph. Traditional Chinese Medicine ( TMC ) likens the human body to a highly complex electrical circuit. Like any electrical circuit it must be kept in good working order if it is to function effectively, and if the circuit breaks down the result can become illness.
TCM belief is that health is achieved by maintaining the body in a balanced state, that "dis-ease" is due to an internal imbalance of yin and yang. This imbalance leads to blockage in the flow of energy or "ch'i" (pronounced “chee”, - meaning vital energy) along pathways known as meridians. TCM theory is that it is essential for ch'i, as well as blood, lymph and all body fluids to circulate in a continuous and unobstructed manner for good health of mind and body.
As mentioned, pathways or meridians are the channels through which energy flows throughout the body. The skin points used in acupressure/puncture lie along these meridians and are entryways, spinning energy vortex openings or holes which allow access in and/or out of the meridian channels. These points are the gateways to influence, redirect, increase, or decrease the body’s vital substances including blood & ch'i thus aiding in correcting many of the body’s imbalances.
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