Acupuncture and acupressure are classic forms of healing science in eastern traditional medicine. These methods bring balance and vitality to the energy system of the body. According to traditional Chinese theory, the acupoints are present on meridians or channels through which the vital energy flows. The Vital energy or life energy is known as qi or chi. The meridians are subtle network channels of life force; this forms network connections with the internal organs and the autonomic nervous system.
It is often called acupuncture without the needles. Acupressure is done by placing pressure on the Acupoints to release energy or qi. Instead of the needles, this involves the application of manual pressure using figures or any blunt objects on the acupoints to avail the desired results. The pressure is often held for several seconds to few minutes. Various techniques are used to apply pressure on the surface rhythmically on the skin. These techniques induce the effects of tonification, disperse, and tranquility.
Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure on certain specific points over the feet and hands. It is based on a unique theory, believing where the areas of the foot and hands correspond to the areas of the body and internal organs, hence manipulating the points of the feet and hands would send signals to release chemicals such as endorphins intending to reduce stress and pain. Reflexology also stimulates the vital organs for proper function as they are massaged through certain points. Reflexology also works to remove the blockages in the energy pathway therefore a balance is achieved to the energy body. It is a very effective therapy to calm a stressful mind.