Acupressure: Acupressure is based on the same points and meridians as in acupuncture. In acupressure, however, these areas are stimulated with finger and thumb pressure and massage, rather than with needles. Acupressure is noninvasive, simple, and usually one session lasts about an hour. Acupressure is focused on different pressure points on the surface of the body which may relate to the persisting symptom.
Acupressure relives stress and tension, relaxes the mind and body, increases blood circulation, aids in removal of toxic wastes, provides relief from such aches in the head, neck, or shoulders, aids in healing of injuries, increases energy levels, increases overall feeling of well being, and decreases labor pains.
Many East Asian martial arts use acupressure for self-defense and health purposes. These same points used to relive stress or pain, can be used against an oncoming attacker or opponent. Applying pressure to these points can be used to manipulate or incapacitate an opponent.
Martial artists regularly massage their own acupuncture points to remove blockages and thereby enhancing their circulation and flexibility while keeping their pressure points "soft" or less vulnerable to an attack.