Acupressure is just one of a number of Asian bodywork therapies (ABT) with roots in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
Traditional Chinese medical theory describes special acupoints, or acupressure points, that lie along meridians, or channels, in your body. These are the same energy meridians and acupoints as those targeted with acupuncture. It is through these channels that vital energy flows -- or a life force called qi (ch'i). These 12 major meridians connect specific organs or networks of organs, organizing a system of communication throughout your body. The meridians begin at your fingertips, connect to your brain, and then connect to an organ associated with a certain meridian. Acupressure Treatment generally involves manually pressing and holding acupoints along these meridians. I often use a special device called the "pointer excel II" designed to find and electronically stimulate acupressure points, and/or use weighted Tuning Forks directly on these points to restore balance and stimulate the flow of energy.