Tui Na (two-we-na)
As one of the three pillars of Chinese Medicine, Bodywork (Tuina-push/grasp) is a method that utilizes soft tissue manipulation to stimulate acupoints, activate meridians and Qi (life force energy – pronounced Chee) and blood/lymph that flow throughout the body. Tuina helps the body fall into structural realignment and helps to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal, orthopedic, energetic, and internal organ disorders. Tuina utilizes Traditional/Ancient Chinese Medical Theory in accessing energetic and functional disorders. In many ways one could view Tuina as acupuncture without the use of needles as the same theories of treatment are learned for both professions it is also the ‘granddaddy’ of all western massage forms. Anmo simply refers to the internal workings of the bodies physical and energetic systems, yes, an imbalance in your Large Intestine qi might have something to do with pain in your arm, Chinese Medicine looks at the body as a whole.
As with the flow of winter into spring, we spiral through life. The principle of circulation is fundamental within our own bodies as well. Both fluids, such as blood and lymph, as well as, Qi must flow without restrictions. This keep the toxins eliminated and life processes harmonized therefore reducing impairments caused by tension or injury and strengthens many of the biophysical functions of the body.
One of the reasons I use Tuina daily in my practice is the techniques are effective in the treatment of repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Tuina is also useful in bringing a person’s Zhengqi (upright qi) back into alignment so that one’s Ming (destiny) can be properly followed.
What is Integral Energetics?
Integral Energetics is the idea that every human being has a direct and unique relationship with the unified field, original nature, god, or the source. This unique and personal connection is the essence of the capacity to heal oneself, and to accept the opportunity to assist or foster others in what is typically referenced as healing, empowerment, connection, recovering one’s accessing the natural state of wellbeing. We are all healers. We are born with this potential, just as we are born with the potential to be athletic or artistic. Roger Jahnke
If you have ever heard the phrase ‘we are all one’ this is the core of Integral Energetics. This is my work, this is my playground. When you step into my office, we are directly working within the unified field, playing together to heal both of us.
Adjunct Chinese Modalities:
Moxibustion Therapy: The incense-like odor of Moxa is the scent of burning Artemisia Vulgaris – a member of the chrysanthemum family and a close relative to our common wormwood. It is used to warm what is cold, move damp and helps in the regulation of Qi and Blood. In clinical studies in Japan an increase of white blood cells was observed. Moxibustion is often used for menstrual disorders, cold tight muscles, and issues involving stagnation of blood.
Cupping Therapy: Cupping was used in many ancient healing traditions and today is making its way back to a popular treatment. Chinese Medicine uses cupping in a variety of ways. I am trained in traditional Chinese cupping. The cups I use are made of glass, suction is used to move the pain causing stagnation. The main reason for using cupping is to move long held stagnation of Qi and/or Blood which lead to pain, stiffness, and lack of circulation in a localized area. Cupping is used to treat problems the effect the muscles, joints, and organ systems.
Gua Sha Therapy is very similar to cupping but uses a lighter tool that scrapes the skin to move surface stagnation. Guasha works more at the exterior, and cupping works more at an interior, level for healing.
Auricular Therapy involves the use of small BBs taped on to points on the ear. I have found that these points can often offer an amazing amount of support for the treatment which a client has just received.
Integral Energetics: Qi Gong, Reiki, Energy work or any other name you wish to give it.
By balancing Qi (energy) flow, all systems can be balanced. Stimulation of the lymphatic drainage system, blood circulation and normalizing the nervous system are just the start. Clients can rapidly experience a sense of well-being, clarity and relief from a wide range of acute or chronic conditions such as: back and neck pain, TMJ, headaches, frozen shoulders, sports injuries, digestive and respiratory conditions, stress and muscle tension… This technique will benefit anyone from the newborn to the elderly, from the physically challenged to the competitive athlete.
Korean Hand Therapy or Sooji:
Sooji is a micro system using only the hand to treat the whole body. Used either as a stand alone triage type work or as an supportive adjunct to any other type of work. It is a bit painful at first but then moves the pain in the body so fast you forget the momentary pinch of the finger. Like auricular therapy BB like metal discs are used to move the stagnation in the needed area to relieve the pain. This is great for the person needing a quick fix and willing to massage their hand points over the next few days.
The Bowen Technique is a powerful healing system of soft tissue therapy that affects the body structurally and energetically so that it can correct and heal itself. Bowen uses a painless procedure of gentle muscle, tendon and connective tissue “moves” located over reflex and acupuncture points which quickly and effectively release stress, muscle spasms and pain while enhancing joint mobility. The Bowen technique was recommended as a tried and true pain relief remedy for Fibromyalgia in the October 1999 issue of Prevention magazine and is also recommended during pregnancy.