This glossary is deliberately simplified and succinct in order to be accessible to all. If you have any additional questions or would like further information, do not hesitate to contact me!
Acupressure & Acupuncture
Although the two techniques are based on the same principles and theories, their practice diverges in two main points:
The first one being practical – whereas acupuncture uses needles placed on the body to work the points, acupressure uses the practitioner's fingers to do the work.
The second major distinction is the course of a session because if the two practices begin with a series of questions and an assessment of the situation to be able to make the selection of points, the continuation differs from one technique to another :
Where the acupuncture practitioner will place his needles on the chosen points and let them work, the acupressure practitioner remains in contact with the person or animal throughout the session. The feeling at each point will complete the information he/she has. He/she will then be able to adapt if necessary and/or refine his choices during the session.
The Qi is, in a deliberately very simplified way, the vital energy which runs through the channels that are the meridians in order to bring to the different points located along these channels the energy they need to make the being function in its wholeness – body, mind, emotions.
Meridians are a fundamental concept in TCM. They are conduits or channels circulating under the skin, interconnected and forming a complex network. It is these channels that allow Qi (vital energy) to flow through the body. In addition, they establish connections between the structures buried in the organism, and the acupressure points on the surface of the body, thus offering a means of interacting with the whole body through precise points.
The theory of the 5 Elements
The 5 Element Theory is one of the major thought systems in TCM. Historically, it is one of the founding pillars, one of the main branches of the "tree" that TCM represents. It offers solid principles and protocols allowing the practitioner to assess a situation.
This theory is based on the observation of natural cycles and relationships between the environment, nature and being as a whole – body, mind, emotions.
It is around this theory that I was trained and this teaching that I follow regularly.
Being is a whole, in TCM it is always seen in a global way. To function harmoniously, it needs to be in balance.
Balance is that state of health, when all organs are functioning properly, working in harmony with each other, with Qi (vital energy) flowing freely through the meridians.
This balance is never static, on the contrary it is naturally dynamic like breathing, the tides or the beating of the heart.
Many factors can influence this balance – illness, accident, climate change, environmental changes, diet, living conditions, etc…. When this is disturbed, the body will then indicate that there is an imbalance through physical, emotional or psychic manifestations.
This is why this notion of balance is central to our practice.