Acupressure is an ancient healing art rooted in Oriental Medicine. It is an energy technique as well as a form of needleless Acupuncture in which fingers and thumbs press specific acupoints on the surface of the body. Treatment is given to increase energy flow, relieve common ailments, improve circulation and facilitate healing. Acupressure relives muscular tension, which enables more blood and therefore more oxygen and nutrients to be carried to tissues throughout the body. The increased blood flow promotes physical calmness, mental alertness, and aids in healing by removing waste products. It is excellent for children, the elderly and especially for those who are very sensitive. Research now indicates that, like Acupuncture, Acupressure triggers the release of endorphins — the neurochemicals that relieve pain. Although Acupressure is commonly received from an Acupuncturist, anyone can practice Acupressure. Self-treatment is easy to learn by reading one of the many books that offer instructions and Acupressure point charts.