What is Acupressure

What is Acupressure

Acupressure is an old Chinese art of healing that is done by fingers. It was based on the principles of acupuncture. In this, some key healing points are pressed that stimulate the body’s own curative abilities. This art is about 5000 years old and it is very effective for stress related problems. You can do it by yourself. There are no side effects of this treatment as this therapy does not need any medicine. The main equipment involved in this therapy is our own hands. It is similar to Acupuncture, but different in some ways. Acupuncture needs needle but in acupressure some specific points are pressed in gentle to firm ways. As these points are pressed they help in releasing the muscular tension, this helps in promoting the blood circulation and this in return enhances the body’s life force energy to help in own healing.


Acupoints in Face

Acupoints in Face

Benefits of Acupressure

Acupressure can help in aiding the different types of problems, such as

  •  It relieves pain and helps in balancing body’s energy.
  • It promotes deep relaxation, and improves blood circulation as result general well-being of the person.
  • It is used for beauty treatments. It helps in enhancing the condition and the tone of the skin. It decreases sagging of the skin and wrinkles. It removes the blockages to release the flow of life energy that makes you look good and feel good.
  • It is used for having better sexual life. It helps in fertility, enhancing sexual arousal, sexual pleasure and sexual endurance.
  • It is helpful in releasing muscular tensions in the back. It also helps in healing person suffering from some kind of trauma or emotional pain.
  • Acupressure therapy helps people to kick bad habits and removes some forms of addiction.


Acupressure Points in Foot

Earpoints in Acupressure


Massage technique

Different types of massages are done in Acupressure. With the variety in rhythm, pressure and tehnique, different methods of acupressure are done.

  • Firm pressure is the fundamental step of this technique. Practitioner needs to use the side of the hand, palms, thumbs, fingers, or knuckles to apply steady, and stationary pressure.
  • Then pressure has to be gradual and practitioner has to stop moving hands for a moment. This way recipeint starts getting relaxation on the particular area or get relief from the pain as it calms down and soothes those areas. Only 4 to 5 seconds of pressure is enough for stimulting any area.
  • In order to squeeze the large muscle group, practitioner needs to give pressure in slow motion by using the fingers, thumbs and heels of the hands.To make muscles softer and more pliable, practioner needs to use the whole body weight of the upper body in that muscle group. This particular motion helps to relieve stiffness and tension of the shoulder and neck. It is helpful in treating spasms in the calf muscles and constipation.
  • Rapid rubbing can create friction, which stimulates the lymph and blood. Rubbing lightly can relieve swelling,chilling, and numbness by increasing circulation. It is also helpful in toning the skin and benefitting the nerves.
  • Quick tapping of fingertips can stimulate the muscles of tender and unprotected area, i.e. our skin. Using loose fist is helpful for larger areas of our body like back and buttocks.


Hand Acupressure
Hand Acupressure
 Acupressure Points in Hand


Popular Acupressure Points

There are different acupressure points, which represent our different body parts:

Wholebody Acupoints
WholeBody Acupoints


Body Part

T 5

on the forearm two thumb widths above the most prominent crease of the upper wrist, in line with the middle finger

SP 6

on the front of the leg, just behind the shin bone - the width of one hand (three thumbs) above the crown of the inner ankle

St 36

in the trough or valley just away from the most prominent shin bone, the width of one hand (three thumbs) below the bottom of the knee cap toward outside of leg the width of one thumb

Li 4

between the thumb and index finger at back side of the hand, at the middle part of the large bone on your finger

Li 11

extreme end portion of the outer crease of the elbow, find the point after bending arm tightly (opening arm and relaxing before the stimulation is important)

GB 20

just under the base of the skull in two small muscular grooves at the back of the neck

GB 21

on top of the shoulder, 2"-3" from the side of the neck

GB 30

near the "ball-joint" of the hips in the depression formed by squeezing the buttocks (relax before stimulating)

UB 54

at the back side of the knee, and at the middle of the crease between the two ligaments

UB 60

in the valley or hollow at the back side of the crown of the outer ankle