is the oldest and largest system of natural
therapy. Its value has been recognized from the earliest days of
history to the present time not only by drugless
therapists but by medical professional as well. Massage is a
scientific treatment using passive systematic manipulations upon the
human body with the main object being promoting and maintaining a
effect of massage is manifold. While it is apparent that one effect
is to relax the muscles, massage also sets the blood in circulation,
removes toxins which have accumulated, stimulates nerve activity,
increases lung activity, quiets and soothes the nervous system,
breaks up deposits in the joints etc. It is not the blood flow alone
which is aided by massage. The lymphatic circulation is also
stimulated to greater activity. In many chronic pathological
conditions tissue activity is greatly interfered with resulting in
accumulations of toxins (poisons or waste matter) in the system
since the cells, being deprived of their proper amount of oxygen,
are unable to perform their excretory functions perfectly.
Stimulation of the lymphatic circulation, through massage, aids the
absorption of these toxins into lymphatic channels thereby cleansing
the same time, properly applied massage will aid cellular
interchange by bringing fresh blood to the area. Thus, the work of
the tissues is greatly promoted and proper nutrition to the tissues
Acupressure is an ancient healing art developed in Asia over
5,000 years ago that uses the fingers to press key points on the
surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural self-curative
abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular
tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body's life
force energy to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the
same points, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses
gentle but firm pressure.
Energy Work: The most potent form of energy work uses
acupressure points. Energy (know as Chi or Qi) flows most freely
when you touch, press, or hold the points in bodywork. According to
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) these healing points are the
gateways to the body's life energy force. This universal energy
source is also the basis of the Martial Arts and Healing Arts. The
flow of this vital healing energy governs blood circulation and the
function and balance of the human body. Studying the location and
how to touch these acupuncture points is key to transformational
energy work and massage therapy.
Advantages of using acupressure include relieving pain,
balancing the body and maintaining good health. The healing touch of
acupressure reduces tension, increases circulation, and enables the
body to relax deeply. By relieving stress, acupressure strengthens
resistance to disease and promotes wellness.
Several kinds of acupressure all
using the same ancient trigger points in varying rhythms, pressures,
and techniques create different styles of acupressure.
for instance, the most well-known style of acupressure, can be quite
vigorous, with firm pressure applied to each point for only three to
five seconds, while the Jin Shin
style of acupressure
gently holds each point for a minute or more. We use a variety
of bodywork styles along with massage on tables.
The term "Tuina"
translates into "push-grasp" in Chinese. Physically, it is a series
of pressing, tapping, and kneading that removes blockages along the
meridians of the body and stimulates the flow of Qi and blood to
promote healing, similar to principles of acupuncture, moxibustion,
and acupressure. Tuina's massage-like techniques range from light
stroking to deep-tissue work which would never to considered during
a recreational or relaxing massage.
Tuina can be
quite powerful and sometimes quite painful during the deep-tissue
manipulations. Clinical practitioners often use herbal compresses and
packs to aid in the healing process, which can cause allergic
reactions on sensitive skin. Tuina is not used for conditions
involving compound fractures, external wounds, open sores or lesions,
phlebitis, or with infectious conditions such as hepatitis. Tuina
should not be performed on the abdominal portion of a woman in
menstrual or pregnant periods, and it is not used for treatment of
malignant tumors or tuberculosis.
When you go
into a typical adult Tuina session, the patient wears loose clothing
and lies on a massage table or floor pad. After answering some brief
questions about the nature and location of the health problem as well
as basic questions about general health, allergies and other existing
conditions, the practitioner will concentrate on specific acupressure
points, energy trigger points, muscles and joints surrounding the
affected area. Never go for a treatment just after eating...wait at
least an hour.
a light, relaxing massage, this therapeutic method goes directly after
the problems, sometimes requiring significant pressure. When excessive
friction from rubbing or stroking is involved, the practitioner may
choose to use talcum power, sesame oil, ointment of Chinese holly
leaf, oil from HongHua, or a specialized massage emulsion or oil
developed for Tuina.
Occasionally, clothing is removed or repositioned to expose a
particular spot that requires direct skin contact. The patient should
always be informed before this act, and no inappropriate or unexpected
contact should ever be made in a professional session.
sessions last from 30 minutes to over an hour. Patients often return
for additional treatments for chronic conditions. As with most
"energy-based" treatments, the patient usually feels either relaxed
and tired, or surprisingly energized by the treatment and release of
Paltrow, Fire Cupping.
In a typical cupping session,
glass cups are warmed using a cotton ball or other flammable
substance, which is soaked in alcohol, let, then placed inside the
cup. Burning a substance inside the cup removes all the oxygen,
which creates a vacuum.
As the substance burns, the cup
is turned upside-down so that the practitioner can place the cup over
a specific area. The vacuum created by the lack of oxygen anchors the
cup to the skin and pulls it upward on the inside of the glass as the
air inside the jar cools. Drawing up the skin is believed to open up
the skinís pores, which helps to stimulate the flow of blood, balances
and realigns the flow of qi, breaks up obstructions, and
creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body.
Depending on the condition
being treated, the cups will be left in place from 5 to 10 minutes.
Several cups may be placed on a patientís body at the same time. Some
practitioners will also apply small amounts of medicated oils or
herbal oils to the skin just before the cupping procedure, which lets
them move the cups up and down particular acupoints or meridians after
they have been applied.
Guasha, also termed sand
scraping , is a therapeutic method in which the practitioner applies
his hand to draw a coin or spoon to scrape the patientís acupoints or
skin. This causes a purplish red colour or hemorrhagic spots like sand
on the patientís skin and is used for treatment of some diseases.
Guasha is mainly used to treat sha- syndrome which is a disease caused
by the exposure of wind, cold, summer-heat or wetness-evil in summer
or autumn leading to the blockage of meridians. It is manifested as
chilliness, fever, distension, pain of the body, vomiting, diarrhea,
rigidity and numbness of the extremities and coma in serious cases.
Links: Gua Sha
Vital Energy - Qi
above modalities are all related to energy work or Qi , rather than mechanical terms
which we are more familiar with
in the west. Oriental therapies work by treating imbalances in the
level and flow of our bodiesí Energy.
Energy, known as Qi is what keeps our bodies functioning and keeps
us active. The main source of Qi is Universal Qi, which is all
around us and provides the life force of all living things. Other
sources of Qi include the air we breath and the food we eat. The
quality of our Qi depends on the state of balance between our
mental/emotional, physical and spiritual aspects. When these aspects
are in step with each other, we enjoy good health. But an imbalance
in any one of them, whether as a result of emotional trauma or of a
virus, will alter our equilibrium and call for our bodies to
readjust. Constant readjustment taxes our Qi, and from time to time
we will not be able to respond sufficiently well to restore the
harmony between our minds, our bodies, and our emotions, resulting
Acupuncture New York, we are committed to providing you with
your choice of massage in a safe and clean environment conducive to
reducing stress and promoting relaxation. Our resident therapist
can provide you with a soothing massage to calm the nerves, improve
circulation and to remove toxins from your system. In the Oriental
sense, we will help to bring your body and mind back to a state of
equilibrium through balancing the flow of Qi. Oriental medicine
practitioner believes that wherever the Qi goes the blood follows
and thus help to improve circulation and also help to remove toxins
from our bodies.