Acupressure, also known as Shiatsu, is a form of touch therapy that utilizes the principles of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. In acupressure, the same points on the body are used as in acupuncture, but are stimulated with finger pressure instead of with the insertion of needles. Acupressure is used to relieve a variety of symptoms and pain.
Chinese Medicine views the body as a small part of the universe, subject to laws and principles of harmony and balance. Chinese Medicine does not make as sharp a distinction as Western medicine does between mind and body. The Chinese system believes that emotions and mental states are every bit as influential on disease as purely physical mechanisms, and considers factors like work, environment, and relationships as fundamental to a patient’s health. Everything in the universe has properties of yin and yang. Chi (also known as Qi – as in QiGong – and prana) is the fundamental Life energy. It is found in food, air, water, and sunlight, and it travels through the body in energy channels called meridians. There are 12 major meridians in the body that transport chi, corresponding to the 12 main organs categorized by Chinese medicine.