Acupressure is the application of pressure on the same discrete
points on the body that are stimulated in Acupuncture
that is used for its therapeutic effects.
The pressure is applied directly to the Acupoints of the body mainly by using
the hands, fingers, thumb or knuckles and sometimes by using a smooth, blunt
object. It is an excellent way to complement conventional medical care and to
promote health and wellness.
Acupressure is believed to be the 'mother of Acupuncture' although the effect
needling is far more effective. We have enough reason to believe that
Acupressure developed over centuries and became more effective using the
knowledge and systematic experience gathered by Acupuncture.
Stimulation of the body's meridian system by touch is perhaps one of the oldest
healing systems, and many other therapies use Acupressure techniques including Shen
Do Jin Shen, Qi Gong, Shiatsu(4)
In our practice we have integrated the Acupressure as a complementary therapy
to Tui-na (Chinese Massage) and
Reflexology, for therapy as well as for health condition
Acupoints definition in the Acupuncture page.
Shen Tao, developed in recent years by English practitioners, combines
the spiritual philosophy of Taoism with
3) Jin Shen Do is a unique synthesis of traditional
acupressure technique, classical Chinese
acupuncture theory, Taoist philosophy and breathing methods, and
western psychological theories including
Reichian segmental theory.
Shiatsu is a Japanese word made up of two written characters meaning
finger (shi) and pressure (atsu). The application of pressure is the underlying
principle of shiatsu. Shiatsu is often called acupressure, although technically
it is not correct. We can say Shiatsu is a variant of acupressure, as it
involves the stimulation of the acupoints with pressure.Shiatsu
is a contemporary therapy with its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is
sometimes described as Japanese physiotherapy. The actual treatment approach
and philosophy is similar to acupuncture in its usage of the meridians (energy
channels) and tsubo (pressure points) as well as diagnostic methods, but
without the use of needles. Shiatsu originated in China at least 2000 years
ago, when the earliest accounts gave the causes of ailments and the remedies
that could be affected through a change of diet and way of life