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The Heart’s Role In TCM

Most of us would agree that the heart is the organ of the body most closely connected to emotion. When we talk about the heart, the terms heartache, heartbroken, sweetheart, or heartstring come to mind. This is the organ that’s notorious for not being subtle; it represents emotions that are on opposite poles, like ecstatic joy or intense sadness.

The heart, in traditional Chinese medicine in Fremont or TCM, has a physical function that has parallels in Western medicine. It is responsible for the function of sweating and the blood vessels. Excessive perspiration is a sign that the heart needs to be supported and built up (tonified). Because the heart also controls the tongue, it can also affect speech. Speech problems such as loss of words and stuttering are signs of heart deficiency.

But the most important responsibility of the heart is to manage the shen and store the mind. One’s “Shen” can be determined by the overall health and well being of the mind. You will know if a person is well spirited and healthy just by looking at his or her eyes. Their eyes have a sense of health and a certain bright lucidity that shines from within. Acupuncturists would consider this person as having good shen.

Conversely, you also have people with eyes that look cloudy and dull or shifty (that shift from side to side) when you observe them. These people are considered to have a weak or feeble shen. This weak shen are sometimes the product of distraction or mild depression; and if the shen is severely sick, it can also indicate a type of mental imbalance.

The heart is both the effect and cause of ecstatic joy. This type of joy is considered a good thing to most people, but its effect can cause ADHD or manic depression. ADHD is sometimes attributed to a heart that cannot control the mind properly.

Wise individuals argue that the heart’s job is to follow the principles of propriety. For instance, this would be a person wearing a bathing suit. If that person wears a bathing suit in a bank meeting, this just shows that his or her heart was not providing him or her with the appropriate information on what to wear on a specific occasion. But the heart is doing its job if the person wears the bathing suit in a swimming pool during summer. This would imply that the responsibility of the heart is to follow proper behavior for the situation at hand.

Gua Sha Therapy For Treatment Of Sports Injuries

In Chinese medicine, Gua Sha is an ancient hands-on therapy that’s been used to treat a wide range of conditions from tendonitis to tennis and golfer’s elbow to shin splints to heel and back pain.

In this therapy, the surface of the skin surrounding the affected area is oiled and then scraped with a round-edged instrument and applied with pressure; this process produces a “sha” – tiny bruises in the skin. Gua sha is also commonly known as scraping or tooling. It is designed to promote the healing process, boost flexibility, and break down recently developed scar tissue. The therapy is akin to re-injuring a body party in order to activate healing.

The instrument used in Gua Sha therapy is easy to hold. It enables the practitioner to work around bony areas where tendons are connected. These areas are non-porous which makes the therapy a hygienic and safe healing modality. The instrument’s edge is smooth and tends to generate an efficient and comfortable effect when a lubricant is applied on the site of treatment.

While clients are at first worried about the development of redness on their skin, they will be delighted at the enhanced function and flexibility of their muscles and joints and the decrease of their pain after treatment. The “bruising” produced by this procedure tends to last for merely a day or two after which it vanishes completely.

The number of treatments patients usually get is once to two times a year or every two to three months. Following treatment, there is no “down-time”. In a lot of instances, gua sha encourages a quick return to active function. It can be a great form of treatment for the following ailments:

• Tennis elbow
• Shin splints
• Rotator cuff tendonitis
• Posterior tibialis tendonitis
• Plantar fasciitis
• Patellar/knee tendonitis
• IT band or Iliotibial band tendonitis
• Tendonitis/Hamstring strain
• Golfer’s elbow
• DeQuervain’s
• Bicep tendonitis
• Back pain
• Achilles tendonitis

It’s important to work with your physical therapist who can set you up with a program that combines flexibility work and strength training in combination with Gua Sha and other types of manual therapies. This will enable you to return to sport activities faster than conventional rehabilitation therapy and physical therapy alone.

Dr. Guoen Wang is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and doctor of Chinese medicine in Austin Texas.

The Various Kinds Of Moxibustion Techniques And Their Applications

Moxibustion is a healing therapy involving the burning of Mugwort (Ai Ye) around, above, or on acupuncture points. Mugwort, the leaves of the Moxa plant, are typically sun-dried and finely grounded into a texture such as cotton or wool, and then sifted until a light green, soft texture is achieved. Moxa burns evenly, holds together well, and is quite inexpensive.

Moxa can be sold as long or tiny rolls. It can be shaped into cones or rolled into balls. The cones and balls can be indirectly placed on a substance in between the skin and the Moxa or directly burned on the skin. As in the Warm Needle method, tiny balls can be used on the upper tip of an acupuncture needle. “Shish” Moxa or small rolled Moxa is commercially available, and is used occasionally on the upper tip of a needle in lieu of loose Moxa. Longer Moxa sticks (eight to ten inches long) are often selected in a “sparrow pecking” (quickly moving the flaming end far and near the skin) or circular motion around an acupuncture point.

Various forms of herbs are sometimes included to both the commercially available Moxa and loose Moxa sticks to alter its healing qualities. Examples of these include frankincense, myrrh, atractylodes rhizone, root of angelica, asarum, realgar, sichuan pepper, cloves, dried ginger, cinnamon, and du hou.

Direct Moxibustion Techniques

These direct techniques can be either non-blister forming or blister forming therapies and each has its own healing attributes for a number of conditions.

Blistering Technique (Scarring Method)

Cones up to a centimeter long are completely burned on the skin in the more intense procedure. This causes blistering and burning of the skin as well as severe pain. Cold water and a sterile cloth may be used to soothe the skin and clean off the ashes after the complete burning of the Moxa. This procedure is usually repeated three to ten times. It is important that burn cream or salve is used on the burnt skin once a blister has formed along with a light clean dressing to prevent infection and to protect the burned area.

This kind of moxibustion therapy used on selected acupoints can help strengthen the Wei Qi or immune system of the body which boosts the overall health of the body and its resistance to disease. Ancient Chinese practitioners believed that scarring and blistering are signs of a good and successful treatment. These days, this technique is rarely used, due to the risk of pain, infection and permanent scarring.

Uses

• Non-Scarring/Non-Blistering Direct Method
• General Weakness of the Body
• Developmental Conditions
• Chronic Gastrointestinal Disorders
• Asthma

1. In non-blistering moxibustion, the skin is directly burned by Moxa cones, but immediately removed when the embers come too close to the skin or when the burning begins to generate severe pain. This type of moxibustion often causes no burn but rather creates a red and small circular mark on the treatment area.

Uses

Mild deficient Cold

2. Another non-blistering or non-scarring procedure involves the rolling of Moxa into rice or wheat size grains and lighting three to seven of them on the skin directly. Because these rolls are small-sized and quickly, there is small risk that they will scar or blister the skin.

Uses

• Warts
• Vertigo
• Deficient Blood

Indirect Moxibustion Methods

Mediums

Using a substance in between the skin and the burning Moxa is the most common way of implementing the healing attributes of moxibustion. A number of mediums can be used for this purpose. Some of them are as follows:

Garlic

Fresh garlic thinly sliced and punctures with several small holes can be used on a non-ulcerated carbuncle or an acupoint. Practitioners usually use three to eight Moxa cones. During the course of the treatment, the garlic slice may need to be replaced. Due to the qualities of Garlic combined with the fire, blisters may develop.

Uses

• Pulmonary Tuberculosis
• Non-Ulcerated Carbuncles
• Stomach Masses

Ginger

Practitioners may use fresh ginger, thinly sliced, that’s punctured with several small holes and then horizontally placed on top of the selected acupoints. Then a cone of moxa that’s been manually shaped is placed and lit in the center of the ginger. The practitioner should carefully remove the ginger slice and the burning Moxa once the heat becomes unbearable. This procedure can be repeated using a cone of fresh Moxa.

Uses

• Deficient Stomach and Spleen
• Aching or Pain in the Joints
• Diarrhea
• Deficient Cold conditions
• Cold Stomach Pain

Pepper

A white pepper is finely grounded and assimilated with flour. The practitioner then spoons over the acupoint as a medium for the Moxa. In addition, a small hole in the center of the powder can be created using the finger to place cinnamon, cloves, or other powders. Then, a cone of Moxa is placed on the powder and ignited.

Uses

• Numbness and Stiffness
• Pain related to Cold type Arthritis

Salt

The navel is poured with salt until the salt is level with the stomach. A cone of moxa with a slice of ginger under it is then placed on the salt. This technique may also be used alone minus the ginger slice. This technique can be useful in keeping Yang from collapsing.

Uses

• Collapse of Yang: Weak pulse, cold limbs, profuse sweating
• Navel Pain
• Hernia Pain
• Prolonged or Chronic Dysentery
• Acute stomach pain with Diarrhea and/or Vomiting

Rolls of Moxa

One other popular form of indirect moxibustion uses thin and large moxa rolls wrapped in paper. The rolls look very similar to long cigars and are commercially available. They can be lit up and then comfortably held in the hand to distribute heat to certain parts of the body. Usually, the stick is moved close to the skin in small circles for about five to ten minutes, or until the targeted skin area turns red. The practitioner rapidly moves the stick to and fro from the treatment area in order to drive the heat deeper into the body. This procedure is often used when strong stimulation is required.

To extinguish a flaming Moxa stick, a small bowl of rice can be used and once more at a later time.

Uses

• Soft Tissue Injuries
• Skin Conditions
• Pain from Blockage or Stagnation such as Cold Arthritic Pain

Aconite

A dried and thin slice of aconite, which is usually very hard and stiff, is placed on a selected acupoint. The Moxa is applied in the center of the aconite and ignited in the same manner as the Garlic and Ginger techniques. Aconite has spicy and hot qualities that can warm the Kidneys and tonify Yang. Hence, this technique is useful for the treatment of deficient Yang problems. Also, a paste derived from rice wine and grounded aconite can be used as a medium for this procedure.

Uses

• Carbuncles and Yin Abscesses that will not discharge
• Non-Healing Ulcers

Conclusion

For any of these procedures, it is vital that the patient is observed at all times and that the treatment area is properly ventilated (more so with patients suffering from asthma). One also needs to test the sensitivity of the patient to heat. This will make sure that the patient is not easily burned, even if he or she has a low sensitivity to heat or high tolerance for pain.

Heather Shultz is a licensed acupuncturist in Marlton, NJ with advanced training in modern acupuncture techniques and traditional Asian therapies.

Three Theories Explaining How Auricular Acupuncture Works

Traditional Chinese medicine has always given us unique and different ways of treating certain types of disease. These techniques are painless, safe, and natural and often do not involve the use of medication. The body, in Chinese thought, is deemed to preserve a delicate balance with the environment via the transfer of energy. The body always removes negative energy from the body and allows positive energy to circulate through. The entire systems of the body work for this exchange simply to preserve balance. One typical way this is achieved is with auricular acupuncture in Orlando.

A Chinese healing concept, auricular acupuncture focuses on the outer ear or auricle for treatment. The auricle is considered a complete bodily system that is responsible for the vital activities of the ear and the other body organs. This area of the ear is comprised of a number acupuncture points that are connected to the whole body. Filiform needles are inserted in these points which stimulate these points producing signals that reach the brain that in turn activates a targeted organ. This activation boosts the functioning of that organ by releasing toxins, increasing blood flow, and enhancing muscle movement.

Auricular acupuncture works according to the following theories:

Delta Reflex

This theory states that auricular acupoint stimulation results in the stimulation of the associated body part. This leads to a rise in temperature of that body part and a related body part which causes a rise in the temperature of the outer ear. Both work as lock and key whereby an auricular acupoint serves as a key for the lock of body organs.

Anatomical Model

According to this theory, the location of the auricular acupoints on the map can be likened to that of an inverted fetus. Whatever signals are conveyed to the parts of the body reaches back again to the outer ear thereby making it a bidirectional movement.

The meridian Theory

In Chinese medicine, this theory is the most commonly accepted norm. The meridian theory sates that energy or chi circulates through energy channels within the body called meridians. Any obstruction in this channel is the underlying root cause of any health issues; therefore, stimulation of specific auricular acupoints generates therapeutic effects on the meridians.

Chinese principles and method have been adopted in the western world. Western scientists have formulated the same techniques as Chinese medicine albeit with a few changes in the form of improvements. The use of needles in auricular acupuncture treatment is a Chinese based idea but Western medicine has now developed it in the form of modern auriculotherapy. Here, advanced technologies are used to activate the acupoints in the auricle without the use of electricity, pellets, pressure, magnets, laser, etc. Modern auriculotherapy was developed and refined by Dr. Paul Nogier, a French neurologist.

Since the various parts of the body is connected to each other via acupoints, auricular acupuncture treatment can provide a lot of therapeutic effects on the body. It balances a person’s emotional and mental status by relieving insomnia, stress, depression, and anxiety. Various forms of bodily pain such as muscular tension, migraine, headaches, back ache, and arthritis can be relieved by this therapy. Its connection with the respiratory and digestive organs can help treat constipation, bronchitis, asthma, colitis, indigestion, and many other health problems. In addition auricular acupuncture can significantly help in giving away the habit of drinking and smoking. It can help maintain balance in women during their menstrual period.

There is a there is a specialized type of acupuncturist who is trained in the art of auricular acupuncture who knows all about ear muscles. These professionals are completely aware of the over two hundred acupoints found in the auricle. It’s important to note that during treatment, the needle should be inserted into the auditory canal that reaches to the inner ear. This may result in total hearing damage to the individual therefore one has to be very careful during this process.

Music And The Five Elements Theory

The Five Elements theory is the organizing of all facets of the phenomenological world into categories of Metal, Earth, Wood, Water, and Fire. Its theories became inseparably intertwined with the I-Ching or the principle of changes of Yin Yang, in 202 B.C., during the Han Dynasty. The Book of Changes Cycle of Elemental Music states that Water, Fire, Wood, Metal, and Earth correspond with the kidney, heart, liver, lung, and spleen respectively. Certain musical modalities also correspond with these body organs. Through the use of instrumentation, intensity, texture, and rhythm, these modalities (Yu, Ji, Cheu, Shang, and Kung) of ancient Chinese music, help in bringing in better efficient organ function.

Water

The music associated with Water reinforces and resonates with the kidney organ-system. It can be used to treat high blood pressure, ear problems, and swelling.

Fire

The music associated with Fire strengthens and resonates with the heart organ-system, regulating the pulse.

Wood

The music related to Wood strengthens and resonates with the liver organ system, calming restlessness and nervousness in sleep.

Metal

The music related to Metal strengthens and resonates with the respiratory system and the lungs. It can help resolve all respiratory system discomfort and difficulties.

Earth

The music related to Earth strengthens and resonates with the pancreas/spleen organ-system, enhancing digestion and bolstering appetite. It also invigorates the Chi, a Chinese concept of balancing energy balance within each person.

Regimen

The music associated with Regimen is made up of the principle of the five main elements — a lively balance of earth, fire, water, wood, and metal. This kind of music is appropriate for daily regimen and health-keeping.

Yin Music

Most helpful for people whose physical abilities are predisposed to Yang temperament. It matches people who are easily agitated, sturdy, strong, and people who suffer from paranoia, anxiety, and insomnia. People working and living in a male dominated environment are urged to listen to Yin Music.

Yang Music

This is for emotional/physical type people are predisposed to Yin temperament (i.e., people born with physical defects, who are timid, sensitive to cold, undernourished, or with weakening bodily functions, etc.). People working and living in humidity or darkness or in an environment dominated by females must replenish their masculine energies by listening to Yang Music.

Dr. Jignesh Panchal is an acupuncturist in Winter Park, FL who customizes treatment plans using Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine or Ozone Therapy.

Muscle Strength And Chi

According to the principles of Tai Chi, we establish an internal pattern of nerve and muscle activation which may feel like some sort of movement inside our bodies that will be sensed in different ways for each individual. This sensation tends to follow the path of the associated muscular action and sequential nerve stimulation – in other words, the habitual pattern that moving actually generates is an internal pattern that’s quite significant on a rather alternatively random environment that can then turn into a way of directing our development by observing the way the sensation progresses with practice and the manner we’re able to function in the world (e.g. in daily normal tasks and with other people). As a result, we can expect this sensation to become more defined and more noticeable as we practice.

This feeling, which we call Chi, can therefore provide us with a means to evaluate our body usage and to know the parts around us by which we can effectively function and to do so with strength and balance. This sets up a wide range of personal space that’s very organic in shape depicting various capabilities and scores of good abilities and scores of not so good as well as an outer limit of minimal skill (that can be quite close to the body or a long way out from it).

This comfort zone volume of operation describes the ways by which we can relate to others in a fight – that we should remain within the ranges of maximum ability and to lead our foe into areas of weakness so that we can establish control – we attain this by depriving them of their balance – by what is known as “finding their center” while simultaneously preventing them to do the same thing to us.

We neutralize and control when we unbalance our opponents making their attack futile.

In cultivating this sequential, segmental, whip-like motion, we carefully and slowly practice to bring about specified electrical pathways and neurological patterns.

The way of moving with internal power or Chi requires that the body move with each joint and muscle changing ever so slightly – allowing the best use of the fibers (that are more powerful and more efficient and at small changes near their mid-point) and working with the joints around their most effective angles and range of operation to generate the greatest leverage possible. Small unified motions prove to be more sensitive and stronger in application – and at the same time can be a bit gentler on the body.

This allows for greatest use of whatever muscle strength is ready for use and explains why for disabled and old people, Tai Chi is a very valuable practice – since it prepares us to exploit the use of the things we have.

The level of physical development and skill that a few practitioners of Tai Chi have can help preserve this style of functioning. And even with very low and extended postures, the level of physical development and skill makes it possible to attain skills with sufficient practice.

However, we still require powerful muscles when we desire to utilize power in order to counter the programming. To attain this, we need to cultivate the control system – i.e. the way of moving – before striving to build up power. From the viewpoint of people who’ve been practicing external martial arts forms, this can be interesting since it implies that until we have set up the Chi based flow of an internal control power system, we should set strength aside and concentrate on the soft details we have developed – the Chi based movement of an internal control power system. We should “invest in loss” as the Tai Chi masters tell us.

How is this dealt in Tai Chi?

Basically, Tai Chi is a structured program that originates from a very pragmatic and practical perspective that takes us through each natural stage which is designed to deal with external energies and change.

Kung Fu is a repetitive practice of fluid exercises and forms done every day involving consideration, observation, effort, exercise, and refining. It strives to cultivate the body and mind in a cyclical manner – developing skill first – then physical capacity – then skill again – then physical capacity and so on and so forth. At each cycles or step, there is expansion of physical ability or skill into the space generated on the previous cycle.

Chi Kung and Meditation – training body and mind independent of each other – and to cooperate together, both unconsciously and consciously

The six harmonies – establishing harmonious movement internally and externally including proper concentration on balance and posture

Partner work or pushing hands – We train jointly to elevate our skill level in Tai Chi partner practice – hence the relationship is a bit mixed in its intent – on one side, to disrupt and unbalance and on the other side, to do so in a creative manner that allows both parties to observe and grasp.

Sung state of mind and body – attaining a level of Wuji or potentiality and the power to instinctively produce harmonious movement

The eight energies (peng, kao, lu, zhou, ji, lie, cai, an) – Jin – means of applying energy from the extremely lightest to the strongest – ward off, body stroke, elbow, press, split, pluck, push.

Adhere, stick, follow and continue (nian, zhan, sui, lian)

Going down into emptiness – the skill to create emptiness we develop for the foe to fall into – so they are susceptible to the issuing of explosive power – Fajin.

Seasoned teachers whom we model to our own movement and to provide opportunities and examples for us to learn and practice skill

Words related to Taoist philosophy:

1. Wuji – being in a condition of potentiality
2. Wuwei resuting in Tai Chi – automatic generation from a condition of potentiality resulting in immediate harmonious action
3. Meditation in the style of Zen Buddhism – that promotes a mindful way of being.
4. Wuji – coming back to potentiality

Tai Chi practice physically speaking promotes development of tissue in a number of areas:

1. Major mobilizing muscles- by alleviating these mobilizing muscles, they are allowed to relax and can then can be strengthened in line with Qi style movement.
2. Support tissues- ligaments, tendons, joint capsules, fasciae, slow twitch components of major muscles, small internal support muscles, etc. are worked in such a way that they become more resilient and stronger.
3. Bones – through regular load based exercises from Chi Kung partner work and forms and the use of gravity, the strength and health of bones are maintained.

All these are offered by Tai Chi, which simultaneously encourages us to think deeply and observe about why it works and what we are doing.

Jamie Catlett is an acupuncturist in Jacksonville, FL and the founder of Jacksonville Acupuncture Clinic.

Lower Your Cholesterol Levels By Following A Few Healthy Tips

To lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, most people would prefer using natural alternative treatments instead of drugs such as statins. The following is a couple of recommendations formulated by dietitians and doctors to help people manage their cholesterol levels.

1. Add more fiber in your diet

Research shows that people who have the lowest rates of heart disease in the world tend to be the ones who eat a diet that is low in fats and rich in fiber. Some fascinating studies by the Cornell University traced the eating habits of over 6500 people in China. What they discovered was that the traditional Chinese diet contained a high amount of unrefined carbohydrates that’s low in fat (less than 16 % of calories) and high with fiber (comprising about 76 percent of the calories). The researchers observed that this diet was connected to rare instances of cardiovascular-related diseases and low levels of cholesterol.

A vital part of this research involved the foods that are high in fiber content. They observed that eating a minimum of 36 – 50 grams of total fiber each day led to the reduction of LDL cholesterol. Foods such as garbanzo and black beans, potatoes and sweet potatoes, beans or legumes, peas, yams, barley, oats, and oat bran have shown to be great sources of soluble fiber. Veggies such as carrots, beets, okra, and eggplant have also been proven to be excellent sources of soluble fiber.

2. Stay from foods that are high in trans fats

People should minimize their intake of foods high in cholesterol and saturated fats and need to stay away from foods that contain trans fats. The National Cholesterol Education Program, the American Heart Association, and other leading heart-health institutions in the US have stated that diets rich in trans fats and saturated fats tend to elevate blood cholesterol levels in people that can lead to leading to inflamed and clogged arteries and atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is one of the deadliest and unfortunately most common diseases in the US. It is also the main cause of strokes and heart attacks. It’s very important to refrain from eating the following unhealthy foods:

• Trans fats – found in partially hydrogenated oils, vegetable shortening, and margarine
• Cholesterol – this can be found in cheese, meat, and other animal products
• Saturated fats – found in palm oil, butter oil, coconut oil, meat fats, and milk fats

Dr. Jeda Boughton is a licensed acupuncture physician and the medical director of BodaHealth in Vancouver, BC.

Cooling Herbs To Relieve The Hot Flashes Related To Menopause

While menopause is not a disease, its annoying symptoms can last for many years. So far, all existing treatments are designed to treat hormonal imbalances. Since the Women’s Health Initiative study of 2002, menopause experts have been endlessly debating the advantages of bio-identical hormones and the dangers of artificial hormones.

These days, women seeking relief from their menopause symptoms are searching for safer hormones without realizing the bottom-line: Hormonal therapies are just short term solutions for their symptoms.

A result of aging and degeneration of multiple systems, menopause is usually treated with conventional approaches that emphasize a one-chemical solution that merely hides the symptoms without treating the underlying cause: the positive effects vanish once the patient stops taking the hormones. Therefore, she may be required to take hormones for many years during menopause transition.

What treatment provides enduring benefits for menopause?

Exercise and a healthy diet are essential, but they may not be enough to relieve your hot flashes. You can use natural herbs if you savor the thought of using fewer synthetics and more natural ingredients. Cool herbs for hot flashes are the real secrets of true Chinese wisdom.

A woman’s body systems are the causes of her hot flashes. Taking cool herbs is like pouring cold water into hot water to balance the temperature. If the intake of sugar and fat is reduced, the balanced temperature of the body will last for a long time. But if those hot flashes return after weeks or months, this is because your body systems has a build of heat again; the herbal remedy to cool the hot body systems can be repeated again. Just pour cold water into hot water once more. To cool down the hot flashes related to your menopause, you may therefore only need a number of months for your body to cool down.

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Clearing Out Cellular Memory With Chua Ka Therapy

The self massage therapy practiced by the Huns is called Chua Ka. The Huns believed Chu ka could help increase success in battle.

These days, this massage form is used to remove cellular memory and boost success in whatever personal battles one faces.

Physical remembrances that were not cleared on the mental and emotional level is called cellular memory. These experiences can come in the form of past injuries, but usually it is merely that annoying recurring ache that’s felt once in a while.

During massage, people can sometimes become emotional because massage can clear or trigger cellular memory. Some clients have reacted emotionally all of a sudden because the emotions that have been blocked are now finding a way to express itself.

Most massage therapists often do not know what their client is experiencing, and they do not need to know. More often than not, the client feels better emotionally after the emotional release, and the body begins to experience a greater range of movement and motion in the area worked on that set off the emotion.

Based on my experience as a massage therapist, I find that people have more range of motion in their lives as afterward. In other words, a clearing out of cellular memory is usually followed by a new response to an experience that has already occurred usually in the lifetime of the person.

For instance, if a person played softball once as a kid and his arm was hit by the ball, and he wasn’t able to articulate the pain that he was feeling at the time (perhaps, because of embarrassment), until it is released, he carries that cellular memory around. If someone comes to me and begins to cry when his/her arm is massaged, the next time that person is asked to play softball, he/she might agree to play despite the fact that, before the emotional release, the same person would probably have refused.

Chua Ka was practiced by the Huns because they believed that if they were still holding on to old experiences and issues on an energetic level, the warrior would psychically, mentally, and emotionally hold back from exercising the best warriorship that he could when facing the challenge of a new battle.

The Healing Art of Chua Ka

Put at least an hour aside as Chua Ka tends to be a very slow process. To finish cleaning every bone in their body, the Huns would spend several hours; these days, however, therapists trained in the art of Chua Ka would start at the client’s feet (since each foot has 26 bones, this may take some time) and work their way up. Compared to rushing through the whole body, taking one’s time to perform Chua Ka can bring about better results.

For many therapists Chua Ka, is considered some sort of a special ritual. They may advice the client to take a salt bath prior to the massage, drop a few drops of aromatherapy essential oils into a burner and then light some candles and then listen to the sounds of nature or an instrumental music on a CD. For greater energetic healing support, crystals may also be placed around the client.

For about five minutes, tell the client relax and breathe deeply. If they know how to ground their energy, this is a fine time to do that. If the client does not know how to ground his or her energy, as best as possible, be conscious of the energy field around you. Visualize a bubble of colored light or white bubble ten feet in all directions floating around you, and that you see a cord that connects you to the earth’s center coming out of the end of your vertebrae, and another cord that connects you to the the infinite heavens coming out of the top of your head.

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Acupressure For Labor Pain – The Role Of The Partner

Around the events of pregnancy and childbirth, mother usually gets the lion’s share of attention, having countless appointments, drugs, dates, and responsibilities to remember and keep. For the father, it might be an inviting notion to just relax, sit back and, think that he has no urgent obligations, or feel worried that his ongoing subdued role will make him unprepared for fatherhood and redundant during labor.

This is partly the way it should be, obviously: The mother needs to bear the obligation of sustaining her unborn baby until the time comes for the baby to be born. The baby needs to eat well, he or she needs to furnished with the building blocks that would develop his or her brain and body; the baby should be sustained with adequate prenatal care to ensure that both Mom and baby remain healthy; the mother abstains from eating certain things that could expose her baby to harmful elements. And that’s not even an exhaustive list by any stretch of the imagination. But, while mother remains in the center of public attention throughout her pregnancy, this shouldn’t excuse the father of performing various things in order to assist mother – prepare himself to be the best father he can be and be truly useful during labor.

Soon as the baby makes his/her mother mindful of his presence, Dad usually makes it a point to respond to his new responsibilities. His first task is usually assisting mother with her morning sickness, and a lot of Dads has had to make a midnight run to pick up weird assortments of food to satiate the cravings of mother. The health of the child can be well cared for by Dad by reminding mother to take her prenatal vitamins, drink lots of water, get enough rest, and eat well. The mother may also find it comforting that father accompanies her to her prenatal doctor appointments. And of course, dad may also need to ask whether he meets Mom’s needs if not all, most of the time.

A lot of couples usually decide to take a class on childbirth together. Since women will usually have their partners or husbands as their partner to support them during labor, it is only right that they learn about the labor and delivery processes together. In the childbirth class, they usually learn the correct relaxation and breathing techniques that will be of great help to the mother when labor time comes. The father may have the option of catching the baby as it is born (this will depend on the doctor) — these are the classes in which both mother and father can examine their options for how much the father can be involved in the actual birth.

With some training, father can have the option of being very useful come labor time. Acupressure labor techniques are simple, can be easily learned, and can provide a way of helping mother undergo her labor expeditiously. The technique of acupressure for labor may sound a bit complicated, but this therapy is simply a certain way of touching the body: palms and fingers massage some pressure points on a person’s body bringing about specific and easy to foretell outcomes. Father can help induce labor with a set of points (you shouldn’t try this before 40 weeks) if the mother’s labor just doesn’t seem to want to start. Dad can provide relief of mom’s pain by massaging and touching a different set of acupoints once labor is on its way. There are some acupoints father can stimulate to try to overcome the hitch if Mom’s labor is delayed.

The father can finally read up on childcare methods, help spruce up a nursery, and usually think about his objectives as he raises his child. Before one can be totally prepared, they’ll definitely be putting all of those knowledge and things to good use.

Are you tired and overdue? You can naturally stimulate your labor at home and refrain from medical induction. Acupressure for labor therapy is an easy and simple technique that has proven to be safe and ideal for both the baby and mother.

Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.