What is Acu-Oil Therapy?
The most simple definition I can give is - using essential oils on acupressure points. It may be better known as "needleless acupuncture" or "Aroma Acupoint Therapy*" but that is a mouthful and hard to remember. Acupressure, Reflexology, and Acupuncture are based on the concept that life energy flows through "meridians" (or pathways) along the body. These pathways of energy can become blocked due to various reasons from simple stress to injury or infection. When a meridian becomes congested, there becomes an imbalance in how the organs function, and this results in pain, inflammation, and illnesses.
In traditional Chinese medicine, there are more than 300 acupoints identified along these meridians. Stimulating one or more of these points (with pressure, needles, light, oils, or even electrical current) should result in a rebalancing of the energy, and thus allow the body to have a physiological response and begin healing itself, functioning more appropriately, or at the least, help you manage symptoms. With Acu-Oil, a treatment consists of just one drop of an essential oil being applied directly to an acupoint. Many different oils and points may be used in a single session.
Essential oils are just as electromagnetically powerful as an acupuncture needle, but can stimulate the body more deeply and also does not require as precise placement as a needle does since the oil can cover more of the area and be effective. They are useful for moving life energy, nourishing the organs, balancing hormones, lifting moods and emotions, creating higher states of consciousness, and serving medicinal purposes in the body. Many essential oils have antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibiotic properties. In addition to these impressive qualities, they often also transfer very pleasurable sensory experiences within minutes because of their fragrances and restorative natures, making them impactful on our brain chemistry, emotional well-being, and spiritual wellness.
In this particular session, you will need to remove your socks and shoes. I will use an advanced form of muscle testing to determine which oils need to be applied to which points. Typically these will be somewhere between your feet and knees, or hands and elbows. You are welcome to take note of which oils are being applied, and what acupoints or meridians are being represented, then review the information in my resources about the oils to make your own assessment in regards to your body. The session itself should only last about 5-10 minutes. Discussing the information about the oils and placement of them could take another five or so.
*If you wish to learn more, Peter Holmes is a practitioner of Oriental Medicine and Medicial Herbalist with over 25 years experience of using botanical remedies and essential oils in a clinical practice. He pioneered the use of essential oils with acupuncture and bodywork. His work became coined as "Aroma Acupoint Therapy" You can read further in this article here.