Acupuncture & Acupressure
Acupuncture and acupressure are two leaves on the same branch of ancient Chinese healing therapy. Acupuncture utilizes the invisible meridians in the body and the acupuncture points or acu points along those meridians that correlate with various parts of the body by careful insertion of needles into the first few layers of the skin. Each needle is sterile and only used once and then disposed of. The process of inserting the needles is not at all painful and the patient can spend up to an hour with these needles inserted, allowing them to do their work.
The effects of acupuncture depend upon where the acupuncturist inserts the needles and what, if any, other techniques are used. For example, a practitioner may choose to use pulses of electromagnetic energy, warmth, pressure, and more along with the needles. All of these together stimulate the acupuncture points, allowing for energy to flow through and the body to heal itself. Entire physiological systems in the body can be affected by a talented acupuncturist including the respiratory system, the endocrine system, and the circulatory system.
Acupressure works in just the same way that acupuncture does in that it works with the meridians and acu points in the body, but it does not use needles. Instead, an acupressurist inserts his or her fingers or thumbs and sometimes heels of the hands into the points to relieve pressure and energy blocks for the same effects that acupuncture has to offer, including balance of energy, energy flow, and renewed focus and motivation as well as detoxification and symptoms associated with other physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual ailments.