During an acupressure treatment, your practitioner will apply pressure to specific places on the body. In acupuncture, your practitioner will use very thin needles instead of pressure. These methods are designed to balance energy flow and maintain health.
Scientific tests suggest that these treatments may actually work by stimulating certain chemicals in the brain, including endorphins.
Shiatsu massage may be considered another form of acupressure because it shares the same theory of energy flow and balance.