Know The Underlying Theory Behind Acupressure Therapy And How Does it Work!

Acupressure therapy

Many of us have heard about acupressure, but what is it actually?

How can pressurizing certain points cure diseases?

Let’s have a look at it.

Acupressure is defined as an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to gradually press the healing points. Acupressure relieves the energy blockages; the energy flow in the body affects everything like – how you feel, think, or breathe. Negative energy is responsible for blocking your energy flow; positive thoughts can increase your healing energy and these energy blockages occur at acupressure points.


It has been used since thousand years in China; acupressure applies the same principle as acupuncture, which promotes wellness and relaxation. Acupuncture involves the use of needles, while acupressure involves pressing the healing points by using hands and fingers.

Theory behind acupressure

Traditional medical theory of China describes some special acupoints, or acupressure points, which lies along the meridians or channels, in your body. It is believed that a vital energy flows through these invisible channels, which is known as a life force. There are 12 major meridians, which connect to the specific organs or networks of organs that organize a system of communication throughout the body. These meridians begun at your fingertips connect to the brain and then are connected to the organ associated with a certain meridian.

When one of the meridians is out of balance or blocked, then it means that a person will get ill. Acupressure is among the therapies that are beneficial in restoring the balance.

How does it work?

Practitioners use their fingers, palms, elbows or feet, or other special devices, that apply pressure to the acupoints on the body’s meridians. It can also involve stretching or acupressure massage, along with different methods.

During the session, a person will lie fully dressed on the massage tables; the practitioner gently presses the acupressure points on the body. A session lasts for about an hour and you may opt for several sessions for the best results.

The purpose of acupressure is to restore health and balance to the body’s channels of energy to regulate the opposing forces of positive and negatives energy. There are many claims like acupressure treats the energy fields and body along with mind, emotions, and spirit. Some therapists say that it can transmit the vital energy to another person.

Not all believe in these claims, but they surely believe in other attributes like reduced muscle tension, improved circulation, or stimulation of endorphins, which are natural pain relievers.


It not only treats various ailments but patients also experience additional benefits of acupressure massage like:

  • Release tension, stress, and anxiety

  • Improves sleep

  • Relaxes muscles and joints

  • Reduces digestive problems

  • Minimize headache

  • Alleviates chronic pains

  • Soothes the pain and discomfort from injury


There are many acupressure methods, which will help balance the body’s life energy and also ensures the greater overall health. This massage therapy is easy to perform on, and a person should only reach out to trained therapists, as going to untrained therapists may cause you some health issues, if a wrong acupoint is pressurized.

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Akshay Sharma

Hi! I’m Akshay Sharma. I’m a blogger at Imagination Waffle. I love to read and write about Fitness, Health & Lifestyle topics.

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