Qigong Tuina & Shiatsu can be understood within the framework of Chinese medicine and its emphasis on Yin and Yang, the Five Elements, as well as the system of meridians and acupressure points. Furthermore, it is used in conjunction with Chinese observation techniques and questioning that are designed to give a holistic impression of the patient’s condition.
When you ask what conditions can be treated I can respond that I have patients that come for back pain, joint pain, frozen shoulder, menstrual disorders, migraine, constipation, nervousness, stress, insomnia, tendinitis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, soft tissue conditions, and other conditions.
In Qigong Tuina and Shiatsu there is no separation of the mind, the body, or the emotions; you’re treating the whole person. This requires a high degree of knowledge and sensitivity.
This philosophy has evolved experientially over many hundreds of years as a result of study, practice, and observation. It embraces the concept of the meridian system and of acupuncture points along the meridian lines that through stimulation will improve the free flow of Qi moving along these pathways.
The five elements of earth, water, fire, metal and wood translate into factors such as dampness, wind, heat, cold, and stagnation. To what degree these are present in the body informs the practitioner’s understanding of the overall condition of the person, along with its exact causes.
Traditional Chinese medicine says that to understand the healing techniques of the East you must understand Qi or Ki (in Japanese). Qigong Tuina & Shiatsu require the sensing of Qi and Qi is the essence of Chinese thinking. So, if Tuina /Shiatsu are the techniques, then Qi is the essence, which fuels the engine of the technique and enables it to be used to good effect.
Due to physical and emotional strain, repetitive movements, habitual patterns and habits of standing, sitting, and moving, our bodies & minds develop dysfunctional and characteristic patterns of strain. Shortness or tightness in tissues and related muscles, and asymmetries within the body as a whole create a disruption in the flow of the meridians (Qi pathways) and are, therefore, tensional forces. These may ultimately lead to sub-optimal choices in movement and for the function of the organs. This dynamic is among the root causes of pain, pathologies, discomfort and other types of dysfunction including emotional and behavioral issues. Over time, with repetition, these patterns can worsen, which lead to further limitations. With Qigong Tuina & Shiatsu we can reverse this process.
During a series of treatments, one can connect with these seemingly unrelated restrictions that lie hidden in different parts of your body and mind. As one feels and understands them, one releases the pain and a transformation occurs. As the restrictions are released, you become more present in your life and are more likely to make conscious life choices that will benefit you.
What happens if I have a Western medical treatment?
It is important to inform the Qigong Tuina & Shiatsu practitioner about Western medical treatments you are receiving.
Qigong Tuina & Shiatsu don’t interfere with other medical treatments.
On the contrary it speeds up the healing process, improves the allover energy level in the body, the circulation, as well as the lymphatic system and diminishes stress related symptoms.