Acupressure is the no-needle cousin of the more popular Chinese therapy of acupuncture. In acupressure, the emphasis is on curing through proper pressure on concerned nerve points in the human body.
It uses the fingers and other parts of the body to skillfully press key points, which stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these trigger points are pressed, they release muscular tension, and promote circulation of blood, and the body’s life force energy to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same pressure points and meridians, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses gentle to firm pressure on the points.