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Acupressure uses the same strategic pressure points on the body as acupuncture, but instead of inserting needles, pressure is applied using the hand, elbow or a device in order to ease muscle stress and encourage better blood circulation. As circulation is improved, the body relaxes and the immune system becomes stronger.

This school of thought believes that around the human body there is a constant flow of energy called ‘qi’. This energy flows along pathways known as meridians which run vertically, bilaterally and symmetrically throughout the body, connecting all of the organs. If this energy flow is blocked either by an internal or external events, illness ensues. The aim of acupressure is to unblock the system and restore harmonious energy flow.

Acupressure is considered very beneficial for conditions such as arthritis, headaches, spinal-muscular pain and sinus complications.

Types of acupressure

There are two types of acupressure styles. The first is Shiatsu, which is the more popular of the two and is characterized by the application of vigorous, firm pressure. Jin Shin is the second style and is a more gentle approach where pressure points are softly held for a few moments and then released.

The same pressure points are also used in some types of martial arts where they are targeted in order to incapacitate an opponent.