Acupressure is a 5,000-year-old, alternative medicine technique developed in China that involves deep penetration of the acupuncture points found at various intervals along the meridian lines of invisible energy that traverse the human body. Acupressure is acupuncture but without needles.
I like to use the following analogy to explain this better: imagine that the human body, together with its complex system of veins, arteries, organs, bones and tissue, also contained a sprinkler system, but instead of water, it flowed with energy; energy that could not be seen with the naked eye. Now imagine that from time to time, this system became blocked as a result of injury in some shape or form. Just like a grain of sand would block an outlet in a sprinkler system, an injury such as a muscle sprain, spasm or tear, would cause inflammation in the body in a specific area that could be released in the form of needles (acupuncture) or focused pressure (acupressure) to the same area.
Thousands of years ago, Chinese martial arts practitioners studied acupressure techniques so that they could heal each other quickly after battle. There is also a highly advanced martial arts technique that can maim or even kill opponents by striking certain pressure points on the body.
Acupressure therefore is a therapeutic technique that is designed to heal injuries, cure headaches, release spasms and other related maladies. When combined with Chinese massage (tui-na), it is an incredible healing practice unlike any other that I know of. The Japanese equivalent (that was developed from the Chinese) is called shiatsu.
Accupressure combined with tui-na is practiced on my clients who all benefit from a full body, deep-tissue release of muscle spasms and knots that are worked out of the body through hour-long sessions. I use a combination of essential oils and focus on problem areas upon request.