Acupressure is an ancient Chinese technique based on the principles of acupuncture, and involves the use of finger pressure ( without the needles ) on specific points along the body . Chinese cultures believe the points are times of meridian pathways that carry energy called chi . Of acupressure massage therapy stimulates and activates the body's energies to help fight illness and restore harmony . Some acupressure points are important because they relate to a specific part of the body while others are more general in their effect.It can also be used for general preventive health care . The treatment will normally be administered in a manner similar to traditional massage. The points are massaged using finger or thumb , and sometimes a blunt object, in a fairly rapid circular motion with a medium pressure between 5 and 15 minutes at a time. If you visit a professional, you may need to strip to expose the area that requires treatment so they can have physical contact with you. This is an important factor in locating the correct energy points and encourage an exchange of energy between the practitioner and the recipient. A therapy session can last between 30-60 minutes depending on the problem at hand. Benefits and Effects Acupressure is safe and effective ; it can be used on anyone and is applicable to all age groups . Acupressure can relieve : Pain , headaches , migraines , insomnia , depression, toothache , dizziness , menstrual pain , digestive disorders such as diarrhea and constipation , nausea , morning sickness , motion sickness , the stress and fatigue.