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Acupressure works on the same principles as traditional Chinese acupuncture; however, you’ll be glad to know that no needles are involved in this holistic form of medicine.

Pressure instead of Needles!

Instead of needles, acupressure uses applied pressure, using the fingers, hands, knuckles, thumbs and maybe even the knees or feet! A ‘Press – Hold – Release’ action is applied; to specific points of the body. Much the same as acupuncture, these specific points are chosen both to provide healing to specific ailments; but also to balance the body’s flow of Chi – the Chinese word for the body’s vital energy. The level of pressure used is firm but gentle and is always angled in the direction of Chi along the meridian channel.

Acupressure Massage

Acupressure, has the advantage of being more convenient than many other forms of healing. There is no need to undress, no oils are needed, many sessions take just 20-minutes, and many areas of the body can be reached and impacted without lying down or needing a specific table.

This quick type of massage, has even been adopted by companies; to release tension in their staff; particularly desk workers that get issues in their back, shoulders, neck and head regions.

The idea is that clients report less tension and stiffness, stress relief, reduced muscle soreness and also a feeling of being ‘refreshed’ and ‘energised’.

Self Help

Another reason acupressure is so popular; is the ability for people to carry out some techniques on themselves. For example:


There is a fleshy part in between your forefinger and thumb. You will need to use your other hand to apply pressure to that fleshy part. Your forefinger will go beneath and your thumb on top. Hold for 20-30 seconds and then release. Repeat if needed.


Follow your little finger in a line to the small hollow in your wrist. Using the tip of your thumb (pointing towards your little finger), apply pressure for 20-30 seconds and release. Repeat this exercise on the other arm and then alternate as needed; until the feelings subside.

*Many acupressure points are not suitable to be worked on during pregnancy. This information does not constitute medical advice; you may want to discuss your health with your GP before considering any alternative medicines/healing.