Charlotte Amarjit Gunning - Mobile Practitioner in Complimentary Therapies
Acupressure is good for anyone who does not like needles as it is a non-invasive treatment.  It is an ancient healing art using finger and thumb techniques to stimulate the same points as in acupuncture.
 
Acupressure can be used in the relief of stress-related ailments and is ideal for self-treatment and preventive health care.  It boosts the immune system, releases tension, increases circulation, reduces pain and develops a sense of well-being.
 
How acupressure works
 
The Vital Force in Chinese Medicine is known as Chi or qi, which is believed to flow freely along meridians keeping a state of balance between our mental/emotional, physical and spiritual aspects.  If Chi is blocked, stagnated or weakened than a result in physical, mental or emotional ill health may occur.
   
Yin and Yang are opposite but complementary of each other to keep the body and mind in harmony.  With yin representing the dark, negative, feminine side and yang representing the sunny, positive, masculine side, the interaction between them creates Chi.  Yin and Yang are subdivided in to the five elements with each being associated with a season, particular organs and senses. 
   
The five elements emerged from an observation of the various groups of dynamic processes, functions and characteristics observed in the natural world.  The five elements consist of wood; which represents the active functions that are in a phase of growing, fire; the maximal state, metal; the declining activity, water; the maximal decline and earth, which represents neutrality.  They are used to interpret the relationship between the physiology and pathology of the human body and the natural environment.
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