Understanding Qi in Massage, Acupuncture, Reflexology, and Acupressure
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes treatments that are thousands of years old. In TCM, Massage, Acupuncture, Reflexology, and Acupressure are all used to manipulate the body and the flow of “vital energy,” called Qi (or Ki). Qi is believed to flow through pathways in our body called “meridians”; but when our qi is blocked, pain and illness can occur.
All of these practices work to stimulate and move energy, blood, and toxins through the body. Acupressure occurs through applying pressure to specified areas along the body’s meridians called “acupoints.” Acupuncture uses needles along the same meridians. Reflexology is a type of pressure that focuses specifically on feet and hands.
Read more about these four therapies and their similarities and differences.
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“Discover the Similarities and Differences Between Chinese Medicine Careers
Traditional Chinese medicine promotes the stimulation and flow of energy or “qi” through the channels in a body’s energy network to improve circulation, movement and overall quality of life.
Reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture and massage have similar origins in Chinese medicine and share the concept of using pressure points on the body to relieve stress and promote the body’s ability to heal.
Read on to learn how these practices differ—and are similar.”
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