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Acupressure is based on the same principles as acupuncture to promote relaxation and wellness and to treat disease. Qi, also known as vital energy or chi, circulates through natural pathways in the body called meridians. It uses the meridian points used in acupuncture, however instead of inserting needles to stimulate the meridian points, pressure is used to help remove the blockages so that the Qi can flow freely again. Pressure may be applied by hand, by elbow, or with various devices. The acupressure points can be massaged by yourself or by a trained professional.