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Acupuncture Vs. Acupressure

Posted by Kyla Plaxton on

A common misconception.

Most of the world has NEVER heard of Acupressure so when I say the word acupressure they actually hear Acupuncture.

Isn’t that funny?

Do you know the difference?

Both Acupuncturist and Acupressurists use pressure points to open meridians in the body. Only Acupuncturist use needles and Acupressurists use finger pressure.

How do you choose which one is best for you?

All Acupuncturist CAN DO Acupressure but most of they choose to do only acupuncture or a combination.

Again, I want to highlight that I am not against any other kind of bodywork modality, I am merely biased and I want to educate you on the differences and highlight the benefits.

My question always is Why don’t acupuncturist do more acupressure?

Having acupuncturist colleagues I have asked questions and this is the general consensus:

Acupuncture points are more powerful in their opinion.
It’s faster
They can access more people at the same time and can quantify their time and income.
They can access more points at the same time.

OK so here’s the deal: Those are all true!

So what’s my problem? Why don’t I go to school and become an acupuncturist?

Because I don’t believe needing to know every point for medical reasons is the answer.

Because I believe touch is one of the most important healing aspects out there.

Because I think it’s staying with the client during the whole session is more important that seeing how many points I can put a needle in and then leaving them to do their thing.

I honestly think it’s not okay to be left unattended while acupressure points are moving. Sure, they’re safe ( when using finger pressure) but stuff comes up! Memories and mental brain patterns are stored in pressure points and meridians.

Grief, Fear, Abandonment sensations, confusion, loneliness etc.

The inside of a human being is a vast land with many valley’s and hills that have never been seen and I believe it’s my job as a paid professional to hold a client's hand during that time.

Acupuncture is awesome. I go to community acupuncture when I have to wait a few weeks for my acupressure practitioner and I need a quick pick me up. Or 3rd eye opening.

But what I really want is to be held, touched, heard, and holy Dinah I can’t stress this enough, a dang neck release at the end. These are not things I get in an acupuncture session.

A combination is a minimum requirement for me to go see a practitioner. I recommend this to all acupuncturists.

But just acupressure? Sigh, it’s my heaven.

And what about the needles!?

What if someone doesn’t like needles.

Do you like needles?

People say ‘oh, you get use to it.’

I didn’t. Maybe a little but nothing I’m excited for.

Plus why would I use needles when I don’t have to?

Needles are pointy little cold things that enter the skin. Honestly, I never get a needle unless I absolutely have to. I think it’s invasive and it puts my nervous system in defense mode most of the time. Acupressure never ever does that.

The warmth of the body, the rounded finger pressure never entering the flesh of my skin.

Maybe it’s just me.

I’m not sure

But that’s the difference between Acupuncture and Acupressure.

It may be a controversial subject, but hey isn’t everything worth talking about?

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