What it's all about:
Acupressure is often called acupuncture without the needles. Instead of needles, acupressure involves the application of manual pressure (usually with the fingertips) to specific points on the body.
According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, invisible pathways of energy called meridians flow within the body. At least 14 meridians are thought to connect our organs with other parts of the body.1 Acupuncture and acupressure points lie along those meridians.
If the flow of energy (also called "chi" or "qi") is blocked at any point on a meridian, it's thought to cause various symptoms and health conditions anywhere along the meridian.2
That's why a practitioner may apply pressure to an acupressure point on the foot to relieve a headache.
Many find Benefits like:
Relieving stress, tension and anxiety
Relaxing muscles and joints
Soothing the pain and discomfort of a sports or other injury
Reducing digestive issues
Alleviating chronic pain