The key is to be in a state of permanent connectedness with your inner body - to feel it at all times. This will rapidly deepen and transform your life. The more consciousness you direct into the inner body, the higher its vibrational frequency becomes. ~ Eckhart Tolle
The use of therapeutic massage for healing is relatively new in the United States, however therapeutic bodywork has been an integral part of the medical system in China along with many other countries for thousands of years. The key to ultimate health and wellbeing is the continuous flow of our inner worlds. Where there is pain, there is no free flow of blood, Qi and fluids.
Depending on what the individual needs at that moment I can combine most of these treatments into one session.
* Amma Massage with a blend of Zen Shiatsu: The word amma means mother. In ancient Chinese the word am-ma means “push-pull.” Rooted in the same fundamental medical principles as acupuncture and herbalism, Amma therapy focuses on the balance and movement of life energy (Qi) within the body. The Amma therapist relies primarily on the sensitivity and strength of the hands to manipulate the flow and balance of energy in the pathways of Qi, commonly known as the channels or meridians, that form an energetic web throughout the body. Where amma involves more circular movements, shiatsu involves more static/still pressure where elbows can be gently used on specific points.
* Moxibustion (Moxa): Is dried mugwort (Artemisia Argyi) . The pole/stick moxibustion is not aged and is a combination of both the leaf and the fur (grows on bottom of leaf.) It increases blood circulation, Qi and fluids of the body. The cigar shaped stick or pole moxa is lighted and burned a few inches above specific points or areas of pain and never touches the skin. Its this medicinal heat that strengthens the body and brings in the prostaglandins, red and white blood cells to heal the injured area and move the stagnation. Moxa is excellent for: bruising, injuries, edema, transforms phlegm, cold or damp in body, digestive and menstrual problems, breech babies- which is point bladder 67 on outside end of pinky toe, chronic asthma, joint pain, breaks up stagnation and removes obstructions. The heat of this plant is highly medicinal and is the only known plant to reach the deepest internal parts of the body, the heat goes through bone and marrow to reach the root. I highly respect this medicinal plant spirit.
* Cupping: The cup creates suction that pulls up on the skin to move fascia tissue and muscle to break up and/or loosen any stagnation/tightness/fullness, that may lead to pain on an area of the body. Cupping is also good to use for cold symptoms. They are generally left on for 5 to 15 minutes and are removed by simply pressing down on the skin and letting the air out. They can leave a mark on the body which lasts for about 4 -10 days depending on the condition. The mark is very useful as a diagnostic tool, the darker the mark, the more stagnation there is in the muscles. As the marks lighten through progressive treatments, it is a sign that the underlying conditions are improving.
* Shonishin: The term shonishin is a Japanese rendering of the older Chinese term erzhen. It literally means “children’s needle” or “children’s needling.” The metal tools are gentle and do not puncture the skin. The metal activates the Qi in the body very effectively. A specific tool is placed on an acupressure point to stimulate the Qi/energy of the body, which is highly effective in the movement of flow to areas where the body needs it.
* Gua Sha: This is a dull tool used for downward scraping to get the skin red in order to bring the blood and Qi to that area. It alleviates cold/flu symptoms by bringing the pathogen up to the surface and out of the body. During this time a fever may rise in order to burn off what is not needed anymore. Gua Sha is also great to help loosen tight muscles.
* Manaka Wooden Hammer/Drum: Dr. Yoshio Manaka’s wooden hammer is an adjunctive Japanese acupuncture technique. The wooden needle (dowel) is placed on specific acupressure points and/or where there is tightness or fullness or on areas of the body that go in deep. Then, the little wooden hammer strikes the dowel creating a vibration to activate the points, loosen muscles or move the Qi to fill in space that needs more blood and fluids to that area. I love this little hammer! It works wonders!