Types of Acupressure Therapy

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Mar 02, 2012

Acupressure was derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupressure includes various touch therapies, which balance the body's energy. Acupressure involves application of pressure on certain points in the body with the motive of restoring body’s positive energy flow. All the different acupressure techniques have different practice and theory. Read on to know about some acupressure techniques.


This acupressure therapy originated in Japan around 1900. Shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’. The motif of this therapy is to balance one’s life force. Pressure is exerted on the parts along with the body’s energy channels- middle bodyline, stomach and back to restore the energy flow. With his hands, the acupressurist diagnoses areas of imbalance and therapy is provided to bring relief. This therapy involves mild pressure on imbalanced points by way of gentle circular movements by fingers and thumb. Shiatsu acupressure therapy enhances blood circulation in the body and increases energy flow.
Tui na

A popular form of healing, Tui na therapy, was developed in 1700 BC. Like shiatsu, Tui na uses acupressure points along energy channels of the body and affects body’s energy flow by holding and pressing those points. Tui na deals with specific health problems such as insomnia, headache, constipations, stress, joint pain, swelling of the muscles, back pain, neck pain and sciatica. Tui na not only provides treatment for problems but also prevents them. It keeps the body’s energy intact and works for physical well-being alongwith emotional and mental well-being. Tui na therapy is given by slow motion kneading, gentle rubbing, quick tapping and exerting mild pressure on various acupressure points.

Su Jok

Su jok therapy is an umbrella term divided into Six-Ki Therapy, Auricular Therapy, Head Correspondence Therapy, M-Particle Therapy and Collar Chakra acupuncture. It is a highly effective healing therapy to treat problems related to kidney, heart, lungs, brain, liver or other body organs. In Korean, 'Su' means hands and 'Jok' means feet. Therefore, Su Jok acupressure therapy is a treatment of hands and feet. It is absolutely safe and completely metaphysical and natural. Its results can be seen in the treatment of various diseases such as arthritis, bronchitis, asthma, cervical pain, constipation, paralysis, obesity, blood pressure, menstrual cycles and other chronic ailments.


Atmena acupressure therapy was founded in India and China. The entire body is stimulated into atmena therapy, but its focus remains on the pressure points on the soles of the feet. In Atmena therapy, acupressure locations on the base of the feet are stimulated for healing and energy. The toes of the foot represent the head, face, neck, and shoulders and the ball represent the upper chest area (lungs and heart). Stimulation of the heel of each foot shows effects on pelvis and the sciatic nerve.



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