Acupressure is as old as instinct. The basic human impulses to touch, to heal---were combined in China with the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, dating back over 4,000 years.

Traditional Chinese doctors discovered a system of channels and points on the body that, if correctly touch or stimulated, would relieve pain and speed healing. They described these channels, called meridians, as the invisible wires that conducted the body's "chi", or energy. If these channels were disturbed---if the energy flowing through them was too slow or too fast, too turbulent or too static---the body's "chi" was said to be imbalanced. The goal of traditional Chinese medicine is to restore "chi", the body's most basic healing energy, to a state of balance, and acupressure (along with proper diet, herbal nutrition, deep breathing, gentle exercises and other methods) was one of its techniques.

As the art developed, more and more points were discovered that not only alleviated pain, but influenced the functioning of internal organs and body systems.

If a person is totally healthy---mentally, emotionally, and physically---energy will flow through the body freely, like electricity is conducted through circuits. But none of us is totally healthy. We all experience disease, injury, emotional trauma, and environmentally-related stresses. Acupressure considers symptoms as an expression of the condition of the whole person, and focuses on relieving pain and discomfort. It is also concerned with responding to tensions and toxicities in the body before they develop into illnesses.

With acupressure, finger or hand pressure is used instead of needles. But its goal is the same as that of acupuncture: to stimulate and balance "chi". Acupressure can rebalance or unblock the energy that flows through the body, so the body can begin to heal itself.

To see the various meridian pathways and the functions of each of the points,
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