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Acupressure
...is a system of balancing the body's energy by applying pressure to specific acupoints to release tension and increase circulation. The many hands-on methods of stimulating the acupressure points can strengthen weaknesses, relieve common ailments, prevent health disorders and restore the body's vital life force.

Acupressure Long Definition

Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on
the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When
these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the
circulation of blood and the body’s life force to aid healing. Acupuncture and
acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles while
acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of hands (and even feet). There is
a massive amount of scientific data that demonstrates why and how acupuncture
is effective. Acupressure, the older of the two traditions, continues to be the
most effective method of relieving stress and tension-related ailments by using
the power and sensitivity of the human hand.

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Acupressure Five Criteria

Provided by Barbara Blanchard, Dipl. Ac. & ABT (NCCAOM),
AOBTA®-CI. Acupressure Therapy Institute, Quincy, MA

1. (The most important criteria) The ability to assess an individual
condition, create a focused treatment plan and create an
Acupressure sequence of point combinations and meridians. The
Acupressure sequence should have a smooth flow and maintain the focus
of the treatment strategy. Appropriate Acupressure and Shiatsu
techniques should be used working from the hara, using correct angle and
pressure to make point combinations seem like one and to effect the
energetic balance of the area, channel and body-mind-spirit as a whole.
Treatment is given on clothed individuals on mats on the floor. Adjunct
therapies may be applied including magnet therapy, moxibustion, cupping,
guasha, herbal plasters, and liniments.

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