The idea of using acupressure came to me, as often is the case, through a discussion. At first, I used only needles, since this was my initial training. But certain points were painful, and because thinking is an energy, the pain could be disruptive to the efficiency of the circuit. And I dreamed of being able to treat children, even babies, on whom, for obvious reasons, acupuncture could not be used.
One day, I brought this concern up to an acupuncture-needle merchant in Sydney’s Chinatown. He offered me a box of patches (small stickers that contained tiny beads) that some Chinese people use as self-medication in the treatment of migraines: instead of the needle, it is the bead that is supposed to activate the acupuncture point. He told me I had nothing to lose in trying it.
Which I did, without really believing in it at first. But, to my amazement, it worked.
While acupuncture points are definitely sensitive to puncture, they are also sensitive to heat (in the Far East, they use burning mugwort sticks, called moxas) and also to pressure.
The patches that this merchant had given to me acted through pressure.
I was able to successfully treat babies and children gradually over a few months.
Until the day I found myself in front of a patient whose baby I had treated, who said to me: “I would like to see you for myself, but I know that you use needles for adults. I have a phobia of needles.”
Faced with this request, I attempted to use the patches for the first time on an adult: And they worked.
In the following years, I therefore used strictly patches, whether it was on babies, children or adults, always with the same success.
And then one day, while on a trip, I was called on to help someone. She was very depressed, she was the friend of very dear friends, actually the friends I was staying with that day, who knew of the results I was getting. My situation was quite uncomfortable: I could see in their eyes that they hoped I would help their friend, but I didn’t have my patches with me, and I felt helpless. If I had been in the comfort of my office it would have been one thing, but here, far from home, what was I to do?
Having never tried it, I didn’t know whether by stimulating my five usual points manually without patches, the printed circuit would start to work. I felt obligated to try something, however, out of respect for my friends, and also out of empathy for this person.
So I tried to firmly press down on the five points that I usually worked on with the patches, and the result was amazing! It was much faster than the result I got with the patches; it was almost instant! In a few minutes the young woman felt free of the weight in her chest.
Psycho-bio-acupressure was born.
And since it’s a simple method, I also simplified the name, reducing it to the three initials: PBA (acupressure acting on the psyche, without the use of any medication, which makes it a “biological” therapy).
A few weeks later, I told myself that if there was no more need for needles or even patches, then anyone could do what I did. What came next was a natural progression: I began teaching my patients to perform these circuits on their own, and I gave workshops on them.