Acupressure Points

"And what is a man without energy? Nothing– nothing at all."  ~Mark Twain

The Theory 

Brain and energy

According to the principles of energy medicine, a “skeleton” of energy supports the physical flesh and bones. The body’s physical structure is built upon and animated by the energy body’s structure of meridian pathways, chakra centers, aura and other discrete energy systems. The energy structure is not just one big electromagnetic field. The variety of components in the energy “skeleton” mirrors the complexity of the physical body.

Anatomy of the Energy Body: The Meridians and Acupuncture Points

The anatomical descriptions of the energy body are supported by electromagnetic measurements. They also correlate with descriptions of energy structures found throughout the world. Each culture has its own understanding and concepts related to the energy body. A meridian carries energy in the same way that an artery transports blood. The meridian system functions as the body’s energy bloodstream.  It brings vitality and balance, removes blockages adjusts metabolism, and determines the speed and form of cellular change. The meridian pathway’s energy flow is as critical to the body as the flow of blood.  There is no life without energy. Meridians affect all the organs and the physiological systems, including the immune, nervous, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, skeletal, muscular, and lymphatic systems. Each system is fed by at least one meridian. Blocked or unregulated energy flow through a meridian will have a negative effect on the system that the meridian feeds.

The meridians include fourteen channels that transport energy into and throughout the body.  The meridian pathways also link hundreds of tiny, discrete reservoirs of heat and electromagnetic energy along the surface of the skin.The reservoirs are acupuncture points.When these points are stimulated with needles or physical pressure, energy is released and redistributed along the meridian pathway. According to van der Kolk, et al (1996), effective treatment requires exposure to, without total re-experiencing of, the traumatic material; too much arousal precludes assimilation of any new information. It may be that the tapping protocol in TFT and EFT provides a concrete physical stimulus drawing attention back to the here and now, anchoring clients in the present.It also appears that the physical, rhythmic stimulation has a calming and soothing effect on agitated clients. This is most likely produced by the reciprocal inhibitory relaxation response of the parasympathetic nervous system’s reducing the effects of the hyperactivated sympathetic nervous system. (Carbonell and Figley, 1995)

The Tools

Acupressure Points (based on Traditional Chinese Medicine) 

Press CV 17


When fearful memories surface, you may feel overwhelmed or in like you are in danger. Anxiety and panic can paralyze breathing or trigger hyperventilation. If this occurs, press the Sea of Tranquility point, which is located four finger-widths above the base of the breastbone, at the level of the heart. Press into the indentations with your middle three finders, breathing deeply through the nose. Try to relax as you focus on taking slow, deep breaths, through the nose, for two minutes. Breathing slowly and deeply through the nose counteracts hyperventilation. Acupressure on this emotional balancing point can open the chest, enhance respiration, and calm a panic or anxiety attack.

ST 36

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Make two fists. Place your right fist on the outside of your right leg. Place your left fist on the outside of your left leg. ....

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