A key concept in traditional chinese medicine is that we are not just our physical bodies. It’s a holistic model that incorporates various aspects of your being, and the subtle ways each can influence another.

Within this paradigm, there is the channel theory. These channels, also known as meridians, describes a network of energy through the subtle body. Each channel is related to a different aspect, corresponding to the “energetic” organs of the body. Along these channels are specific points. These points form the basis for practices like acupuncture.

While similar to acupuncture in some ways, acupressure is less invasive. It does not require the insertion of needles or breaking the skin, and it’s something you can incorporate yourself into a self-care practice. You simply learn to locate a specific point on the body, and press it using simple techniques. It is not painful, although certain points may feel sensitive or have an uncomfortable sensation. It is used in many massage modalities, and can be incorporated into a self-massage routine.

In private session, we identify acupressure points and directly apply vibrations on the skin, generating a calming and soothing sensation. These vibrations are applied using osteophonic tuning forks, which have been shown to stimulate a physiological reaction (release of nitric oxide). However, you can also practice on yourself with your hands.

Below I have set out some points for common ailments. Explore within millimetres for the precise location and angle. The points may have the sensation of a dull ache that feels somewhat pleasurable. Finally, sensory information flows better through relaxed muscles and tissues. So stay relaxed, using supporting cushions where suitable. Use a firm pressure, but never use physical force to obtain a sensation. As you press a point, try to maintain a firm and steady pressure - imagine the pressure being wider and deeper than the surface area you’re in contact with.

Cari Lin