Many gurus and yogis have discovered that crystals and gemstones have the power to positively impact the body and our emotions by simply placing them on specific body parts that need healing, or even by keeping them close to us. Some choose to put stones in their purse or pocket, while others prefer to wear them as jewelry. Crystals can absorb human energy to cleanse it and emit energy to empower those that come in contact with it. But those who are new to the world of pressure points and crystals might find themselves asking; “how does that work?” or “how are the two related?” In this article, we’ll explore in great detail what pressure points and healing crystals are, how they work together, and ultimately, how you can combine the two to get the best of both worlds.
What are Pressure Points?
To help you understand the connection between crystals and pressure points, we must first answer what a pressure point is. Let me give you an illustration; when you stub your toe, bump your knee, or whack your elbow, the first thing you do is reach for the spot that hurts. Pressure points refer to an area of the body that may produce significant pain or are more susceptible to pain. When we get hurt, we often massage the area of discomfort without even realizing it — this is the essence of acupressure. Understanding the basics of this practice can make self-treatment even more beneficial to help you relax and even manage chronic pain.
Acupressure is a practice in traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been applied for over 2,000 years. It’s used as a method to activate the body’s self-healing mechanisms for alleviating pain and treating illnesses. Much like acupuncture, which uses small needles, acupressure stimulates the body at certain pressure points.
What are Healing Crystals?
Healing crystals are stones used in certain types of therapy which involve placing gemstones on different parts of the body or areas in the environment to eliminate negative energy. Because crystals have existed on earth for millions of years, they’ve become tools that can help manage and control our energy. They are capable of absorbing, focusing, and redirecting energy when manipulated properly. Some gurus and healers have combined crystals with their work in acupuncture and acupressure, and have found that the stones amplify the results for their patients. Here are a few crystals that have shown success in acupuncture sessions:
- Carnelian: A very powerful healing stone. This stone is also known as "bloodstone". It has a very high iron content, hence it is red in color. A stabilising stone, Carnelian restores vitality and motivation, enhances the flow of life force in the body, combats fatigue and stimulates creativity. It gives courage, strengthens our energy, promotes positive life choices, dispels apathy and motivates for success. Carnelian is a great tool to help you improve your mental and physical performance using natural energy.
- Tiger Iron: Tiger Iron is a protective stone composed of three component stones - the grounding power and circulatory affinity of hematite; the healing power and blood-cleansing abilities of red jasper; the energizing power and clarity inducing strength of tigereye. A powerful stone, Tiger Iron lends strength, stamina and energy to the physical body to aid in recovery and grounding. Helping to reduce suffering from deep exhaustion, especially in relation to emotional or mental burn-out.
- Snowflake Obsidian: Snowflake Obsidian is a powerful healing stone. In addition to the common healing properties of Obsidian, Snowflake Obsidian is both calming and soothing. It empowers you to value mistakes as well as recognize successes. A stone of purity, Snowflake Obsidian provides balance for body, mind and spirit. It helps you recognize and release “wrong thinking” and stressful mental patterns, freeing up mental space and allowing you to focus on the present and maintain inner calm and peace.
How Do They Work Together?
Every living being has energy flowing in a stream of patterns that creates regeneration and promotes a healthy life. These energy patterns flow along meridians (also known as channels) that are found on pressure points throughout the body. These meridians are often blocked as a result of negative emotions and mental experiences, which can cause illness once they are manifested in the body. Ordinarily, acupressure will be able to create a change in the flow of energy, but deeper traumas can be solved with the use of healing stones.
When these two practices are combined, the healing treatment provides a state of relaxation where the body and the mind can let go of everyday stress and will create a harmonious feeling that makes individuals susceptible to change. When healing crystals are used as part of acupressure and acupuncture, they are able to cleanse and realign chakras and pressure points which may have been blocked, fragmented, weak, or overactive. Energy healing with crystals can tackle these imbalances and restore the energy field of the body to help us feel grounded, focused and complete. Furthermore, placing specific crystals on the body can help to invigorate the body's natural healing ability and restore their energy systems.
What is Crystal Acupressure?
Crystal acupressure is a non-invasive treatment and has been known to be 100% more effective than ordinary acupressure. It uses crystals that are cut to a precision point which allows the healer to target specific acupressure points with great accuracy, while also stimulating healing using the same pathways as acupuncture would use, but without the needles. Crystal acupressure is an ancient art of healing and targets four isolated cycles of energy that flow throughout the body, these are:
- The Digestive System
- The Circulatory System
- The Nervous System
- The Glandular System
These cycles interact with each other to form what we refer to as the “Yin” and “Yang” energy in our bodies. Yang is known as the positive life force and is generally considered to be the active force that creates an attractive chemical reaction in the body. It is also a compressive, implosive, solidifying, and crystallizing force. While the Yin is considered to be the negative force which creates and disperses energy by repelling, dilating, expanding, exploding, and liquifying chemical changes as the counterbalance force. This Yin-Yang balance creates harmony within the body that allows for normal functions to occur as well creating a sense of well-being in the body, mind, and spirit. Yin and Yang should be seen as an ever-evolving force of energy that is continually changing within its own rhythmic pattern. While some parts of the body can be considered primarily as Yin or Yang, it should be understood that each part has a small amount of the opposing force to keep a true balance which results in a healthy body.
The cycles mentioned above that provoke the flow of energy within the body is very much the same as the blood that flows in our veins. Experts have been able to locate 16 pathways through which our energy flows. These pathways are known as meridians and have been divided into two categories: the 12 organs and the 4 vessels. As mentioned earlier, along with the meridian lies our pressure points, which when stimulated, toned, or sedated (balanced) have a direct effect on the organs of the body, as well as the mental or emotional state of the individual. Using healing crystals on these identified pressure points can cause a great change in the flow of the body’s energy, as each crystal has its own unique power. Some stones collect and hold energy, while others amplify and disperse energy. They can also be used individually or collectively to balance the energy flow and to help heal and balance the Yin-Yang forces.
Why Try Crystal Acupressure?
Some healers and their patients have seen amazing results from crystal acupressure treatments — in some cases, it has provided relief from emotional, physical, and even psychological suffering in as few as one treatment. There are some patients who have reported a rise in feeling mental or emotional negativity after a session, but this is only temporary and it is natural. It is a result of the sudden release of previously blocked energies and should pass quickly. If this is something you encounter, it is recommended to meditate as a way to gain new awareness and balance. Crystal acupressure is a natural method of enhancing the body’s healing processes. While it has shown excellent results for some clients, there is no guarantee that it will work the same way for everyone. It is important to remember that this practice isn’t a diagnostic tool and clients should always consult a doctor to get a proper diagnosis for persistent symptoms and ailments.