Types of Acupressure Therapies

Acupressure Therapies are done for relaxing or releasing stress of sore muscles, by touching or hitting pressure points.

Himanshu Sharma
Home RemediesWritten by: Himanshu SharmaPublished at: Feb 24, 2012
Types of Acupressure Therapies

The basic principle of Acupressure Therapies is the stimulation of central nervous system for releasing stress. Stress released catalyses body’s ability to heal, therefore, ensures overall well-being. The phenomenon of acupressure is based on touch of certain pressure points that release tension and ascertains healing by improving blood circulation. Acupressure is counted among widely used alternative theraphy forms, which renders several health benefits.

Origin of the practicing acupressure therapies is quite debatable, with India and China being the contenders. However, most of the modern concepts in the sphere have arrived from China and Japan. The basic idea behind acupressure is that mild pressure exertion on certain points on the surface of the body, known as ‘acupoints’. A mere touch on acupoint stimulates response from the central nervous system and streamlines blood circulation.

Some of the most popular acupressure therapies are detailed below:

1.    Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a Japanese acupressure therapy, meaning finger pressure. In this therapy, pressure is applied along the middle line of the body, which also includes back and abdomen. In the process, therapist identifies points of imbalance with both hands, thereafter getting it back to balancing. The basic principle of Shiatsu remains the same, i.e., stimulation of nervous system.

2.    Su Jok

Originated in South Korea, Su Jok is one of the easiest acupressure therapies. Su Jok means ‘hand foot’, wherein acupoints corresponding to every organ on hands and feet are identified. These acupoints can be stimulated using several mediums such as fingertips, elastic rings and seeds.

3.    Atmena

Believed to have been originated in India and China, Atmena brings entire body into the practice. The emphasis is laid on generating stimulation from acupoints on sole of the feet.

4.    Jin Shin

Jin Shin acupressure therapies are of two kinds, first being the ancient concept and the other is a modern version. Jin Shin Jyutsu is in practice since yesteryears, in which light touch on acupoints stimulate response for unblocking energy.

The modern version of Jin Shin is known as Jin Shin Do, which is a confluence of Chinese, Japanese and Taoist techniques. The differentiating aspect of revised therapy from previous version is gentle and firm touch along with incorporation of breathing in the practice.

5.    Reiki

Reiki is another Japanese acupressure technique, wherein light touch realigns energy within the body. Widely used to relieve stress and promote healing, Reiki incorporates entire body into practice. Also known as ‘spiritual guided life-force energy’, the technique also incorporates several aspects of other healing theories like homeopathic medicine and aromatherapy.


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