What is the relation between TCM and Acupressure ( Acupuncture ohne Needle) ?
Acupoints used in treatment may or may not be in the same area of the body as the targeted symptom. The traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory for the selection of such points and their effectiveness is that they work by stimulating the meridian system to bring about relief by rebalancing yin, yang and qi (also spelled "chi").
Many East Asian martial arts also make extensive study and use of acupressure for self-defense and health purposes, (chin na, tui na). The points or combinations of points are said to be used to manipulate or incapacitate an opponent. Also, martial artists regularly massage their own acupressure points in routines to remove supposed blockages from their own meridians, claiming to thereby enhance their circulation and flexibility and keeping the points "soft" or less vulnerable to an attack.
How can this related to Yin Yoga?
I am Vietnamese and get used to with this kind of healing from a childhood. We are taught few important energy points on face or hand, sole of feet to treat ourself quickly from simple illness like headache or stomach hurt. During Yin Yoga, we use the same technique as softly giving stress to our targeted area that open our deeper tissues, and this is how yin yoga works:
1) Every yin pose affects a specific sinew channel(s).
2) Each sinew channel has a corresponding element that it represents.
3) By holding a given yin yoga pose, you can influence a given element.
4) Yin yoga can therefore bring elements that are out of balance back into harmony.