Qi means energy. Pronounced chee, you may see it written as Chi or even Ki in Japanese and they all carry the same meaning. Qi is the life force that flows through all living things.
The human body, the whole world & universe, is composed of energy, which circulates & vibrates at different frequencies. In your body Qi travels around a network of energy channels (meridians) in the same way that blood flows through veins, supporting all organs and cells.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes when Qi flows freely through the meridians, the body is balanced and healthy, but if the energy becomes blocked, stagnated or weakened, it can result in physical, mental or emotional ill health. When Qi gets blocked at specific acupressure points an imbalance in a person's body can occur.
These blockages may result from exaggerated emotional responses such as: excess anger, over-excitement, self-pity, deep grief and fear. Environmental factors such as cold, damp/humidity, wind, dryness, and heat can also cause imbalance so as factors such as wrong diet, drugs, too much sex, overwork and too much exercise.
To restore balance, the relevant acupressure points that will counteract the imbalance are stimulated. These points can be needled, tapped, massaged, heated or held to open the body’s energy flow and for healing to occur.