Acupressure, like acupuncture, is based on the the principles of energy (chi) flow through the 14 meridians (energy channels) of the body which are a fundamental concept of Traditional Chinese (or Oriental) Medicine (TCM). This ancient Chinese technique involves the use of finger pressure (rather than needles) on specific points along the body to treat ailments such as tension and stress, aches and pains, menstrual cramps, or arthritis. The system is also used for general preventative health care. Although sometimes used as a synonym for Shiatsu , Acupressure is usually applied to a limited number of points to treat a specific condition, while Shiatsu, as practiced in the West, is generally given as as a whole body massage addressing as many points as possible in the time allowed.
(Swedish type bodywork* Note: Although some of the moves/strokes of the oil/lotion-oriented bodywork are similar to Swedish in application they have a foundation in the deepest Taoist tradition and intention: Course Series = Acupressure Oils Massage taught at the Acupressure Institute.)