Acupressure’s Potent Points
by Michael Reed Gach, Ph. D.
Acupressure: An ancient healing art that uses finger pressure on the acupuncture points and meridians to release muscular pain and tensions, and to increase circulation.
Acupuncture: Inserts fine needles into the body at points and meridians to relieve pain and treat various ailments.
Acu-Yoga: Uses full-body postures to stretch the meridians and stimulate the acupressure points along with deep breathing.
Affirmations: Positive statements that acknowledge life, said aloud or silently. Affirmations reinforce the power of positive thinking and can be used to enhance the benefits of acupressure.
Arthritis: Joint inflammation that causes pain and often limits the range of motion.
Blockage: Congestion of an area of the body that may ache, be tense, or feel numb.
Breath Visualization: Using the power of concentration to direct long, deep breaths into specific areas of the body.
Centering: Gaining awareness of the body in the present moment.
Chi: The Chinese term for the energy that circulates through pathways called meridians.
Chronic Tension: A long-term contracted muscular condition.
Distal Points: Acupressure located a distance from the area they benefit. See Local Points.
Homeostasis: The state of equilibrium or balance.
Impotence: Lacking in physical strength and the inability to engage in sexual intercourse.
Lateral: Toward the outside of the body
Life Force: The vital energy contained in all things that circulates through the meridians.
Local Points: Acupressure points located in the area they benefit. See Distal Points.
Lumbar Vertebrae: The last five bones on the lower back above the base of the spine.
Medial: Toward the center of the body.
Meditation: Focusing attention to develop the spiritual capabilities of the mind.
Meridian: Human energy pathways that connect the various acupressure and acupuncture points and the internal organs.
|Standard Meridian Abbreviations:|
Metatarsals: The bones between the ankle and toes, on the top of the foot.
Pressure Points: Places on the body along a meridian with high levels of electrical conductivity.
Referred Pain: Pain generated in one area of the body, but felt in another.
Sacrum: The flat triangular bone in the lower back at the base of the spine.
Sacroiliac joints: The two places in the lower back where the sacrum joins the hipbones.
Shiatsu: A Japanese style of acupressure using firm finger pressure on points along the meridians.
Thoracic Vertebrae: The twelve spinal vertebrae below the neck in the upper and middle back.
Trigger Point: Same as an acupressure point; specific body locations that, when pressed with the fingers, relieve tension, pain, or pressure.