What is the Theory Behind Acupressure?
So, what’s the idea behind acupressure? What are the benefits of acupressure and how can it improve overall wellbeing?
Traditional Chinese Medicine is anchored on the belief of balance, harmony, and life energy. The life energy known as Qi is supposed to flow throughout the body.
Qi has two sides to it:
- Yin which is negative
- Yang is positive.
It is believed that everything in the world has these two opposite sides. The aim is to have a complete balance and harmony. When you are able to balance these two sides within your body, then you feel healthy and normal.
When there is an imbalance, you feel sick. The aim of TCM is to restore that balance between the two sides of your Qi.
Acupressure is one of the main practices in TCM used to maintain the balance of Qi.
How Does it Work?
In TCM, it is believed that Qi flows through channels throughout the body. Those channels are called meridians and it is believed that those channels connect the vital organs of the human body.
Along those channels, there are certain points that are ideal for targeting with needles in the case of acupuncture, and pressure in the case of acupressure.
It must be noted that this is where the similarities between acupuncture and acupressure lie. These two practices target those points to control the flow of Qi along the meridians in the body. Because the meridians interconnect all the vital organs of the body, controlling the Qi in certain points can have an effect on an organ that may be in a different location.