Get Certified in Acupressure
I am a Board Approved Continuing Education Provider. My courses are held in Long Beach, California. I usually have my courses once a month. Please read about the benefits of acupressure as well as the topics I cover. Next course is DECEMBER 27, 2018
What is an acupressure point?
An acupressure point, often called a pressure point, can be defined as a point on the body to which pressure is applied (as in acupressure or reflexology) for therapeutic purposes.
What is an acupressure chart?
An acupressure chart is basically a pressure points chart. It shows all of the many locations all over the body that are considered acupressure points that can be pressed for various health concerns. An acupressure chart also typically shows the 12 main meridians of the body. What is a meridian? It’s an “energy highway” in the human body through which energy or qui flows. These are channels within the body that correspond to major organ systems such as the heart, kidney and liver. Each meridian has various acupressure and acupuncture points along its path.
There are six leg meridians including the gall bladder (GB), urinary bladder (B), kidney (K), liver (Lv), stomach (S) and the spleen/pancreas (Sp). The six arm meridians are the large intestine (LI), small intestine (SI), heart (H), pericardium (Pc), triple warmer (TW) and lung (L). When you see an acupressure point start out with one of these letters, it’s referencing which meridian it’s located on. Pressing just one acupressure point can help to relieve a specific symptom or health condition. It’s also common in acupressure to work a series of pressure points for one concern or just to promote overall well-being.
Differences between acupressure and acupuncture
Acupressure vs acupuncture, what are the differences? Acupressure points and acupuncture points are the same. Both methods use the same meridian lines, too. The biggest difference is that acupuncture stimulates the points with needles while acupressure applies bodily (mainly finger) pressure to the points. This pressure can range from gentle to firm. Both disciplines aim to optimize energy flow in the body through the release of tension/blockages.
Does self-acupressure work? I can say from my own personal experience that self-acupressure absolutely can work wonders. Of course, not all acupressure points are possible to manipulate on your own, but so many are in reach such as your hand pressure points. It’s actually pretty amazing to see just how many points are located on your hands alone!
The great thing about self-acupressure is that many points can be stimulated while you go about your daily life. While waiting in line at the grocery store, you can even apply pressure to one of the many acupressure points on your hand and it’s likely that no one will even notice.