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Craniosacral Therapy Increases Resistance To Disease And Boosts Wellbeing And Health

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) basically helps heal the body through a non-invasive touch and about five grams of pressure which is roughly the weight of a nickel. A CranioSacral specialist’s job is to assess and uncover restrictions and imbalances in a patient’s body and heal the patient. The therapy frees these restrictions deep within the central nervous system so that the other bodily systems can heal themselves and relax. CranioSacral Therapy can help patients naturally free themselves of emotional discomfort, stress, and pain, reinforces their ability to resist disease, and boosts their wellbeing and health.

Just like the respiratory system and circulatory system, your CranioSacral system has a certain distinct pulse. This pulse beats about six to twelve times a minute. By using an extremely sensitive touch, you can virtually feel this pulse in every part of your body.

One important role of the CranioSacral system is the circulation, manufacture, and re-absorption of Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF). The CSF supplies vital nutrients to the central nervous system, enabling it to maintain a constant balance even when the body’s other conditions are changing. Every crucial function that are controlled by your Central Nervous System rely on the provision of this fluid. The CSF is located within the Dura and around the spinal cord and brain protecting these two very important organs. It feeds nutrients to the spinal cord and brain and is extremely rich in information. Evaluating this fluid can tell a lot about the health of a person.

The membrane system is found within the CranioSacral System.  The membrane system is the lining around the cranium and dural tube that envelops the spinal cord. This system is also made up of the bones of the skull and the sacrum.

CranioSacral Therapy can significantly affect the Autonomic Nervous System, which is made up of the parasympathetic nervous system and sympathetic nervous system. This is quite helpful in our modern way of life where people are always on the move and have to deal with stress every day of their lives. The constant stress will eventually overtax our sympathetic nervous system. CranioSacral Therapy can soothe our sympathetic nervous system and kick in our parasympathetic nervous system to generate a more peaceful internal environment, which can help the cells of our body to function and develop properly. Every cell can benefit from our body being in balance or be in a state of homeostasis. However, if any of our bodily systems start to malfunction, our bodies will experience a breakdown of homeostasis. This will adversely affect our cells, which will result in illness, or even death if the collapse of homeostasis is severe enough and if this imbalance is left untreated.


One important tenet of CST is that every part of the body is interconnected to each other. This means that it’s impossible to affect one area of the body without affecting all of it.

One of the specialized systems of the body is the Fascia, which looks like a loose knit sweater or a spider web. The fascia is the body part that you need to cut through when you separate the skin of a chicken from the meat. It is a thermoplastic like covering that encloses every bone, muscle, artery, vein, and nerve as well as the internal organs of the lungs, heart, spinal cord and brain. The fascia system is more than a system of unconnected coverings. It practically is one unbroken structure that seamlessly stretches from your head to your toe.

So we now know that the fascia is the organ system that connects every area of your entire body, like the yarn in a sweater. Inflammatory reactions, surgery, and/or trauma can result in myofascial restrictions. The fascia becomes restricted and tight, which can limit the function of the energy channels (meridians), nerves, and the flow of blood within that organ or muscle. Longstanding restrictions can give rise to thick fibrous parts within the fascia that lead to dysfunction and eventually illness in the bodily systems. CST can help your fascia return to its healthy normal state, and help you to feel good and relaxed.

Function and structure are unseparable, and changes in one, will change the other to a certain degree. CST can help boost brain structure to the hilt, which in the end bolsters function.

What Can CranioSacral Therapy Treat?

CST is more and more used by people as a way to maintain health and prevent illness. It supports the natural self-healing abilities of the body since it reinforces resistance to illness, and works well against a broad gamut of medical conditions related to dysfunction and pain, some of which include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Motor-coordination problems
  • Pregnancy difficulties 
  1. Autism 
  • Colic 
  • Orthopedic problems 
  • Central Nervous System disorders 
  • Scoliosis 
  • Traumatic Spinal Cord and Brain injuries
  • Chronic fatigue 
  • Learning disabilities 
  • Tension and stress related conditions
  • Emotional problems
  • TMJ 
  • Fibromyalgia & other connective-tissue conditions
  • Post-surgical dysfunction 
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder 

Everyone can avail of CranioSacral Therapy, even newborns.

The patient should bring with him loose, comfortable clothing for the session. A typical CranioSacral Therapy starts with the patient comfortably lying down on a table fully clothed. The CranioSacral specialist will ask the patient to take his shoes off.

The treatment is usually done with the patient comfortably lying on a massage table. Sometimes, he may be told to seat or stand. The specialist will commence treatment by applying a light touch at the feet to evaluate where restrictions and other associated conditions are found in the patient’s body. The specialist then continues to work through other areas of the patient’s body.

What happens during a session?

Experiences during a CranioSacral session are as unique as the patients themselves and differ from session to session. Sometimes, you may feel deeply relaxed or even fall asleep, at other times you may keep on talking, expressing emotions or recollecting hidden memories. You may even remain motionless during the entire therapy, barely noticing the specialist’s assessment and treatment. Other patients may feel sensations within their bodies as the assessment course progresses.

Sometimes throughout the treatment, the specialist may need to support the spine and limbs of the patient while helping release pressure that has built up in the patient’s body. This method is known as Myofascial release or energy cyst release. During this procedure, the patient may occasionally remember events surrounding a past injury, trauma, or shock. Freeing and recalling previous hurts can help the body reverse dysfunctions and restore its former healthy range of movement. The specialist can re-create those previous dysfunctions and hurts. They have a term for this technique: SER or SomotoEmotional Release.

Because the affected bones are closely associated with the Sphenoid bone, it may be important for the specialist to perform, during a CranioSacral session, some related work in the mouth along with some of the face muscles. If these bones are out of balance, they may be the underlying reason of the dysfunction.

A follow-up session

Since patients respond to the therapy in different ways, the immediate outcomes can be just as diverse. The soothing experience may cause people to sleep for several hours post therapy, while some may feel a meaningful rise in their energy levels. An improvement in function or a significant decrease in pain may be immediately felt post therapy, or it may gradually develop over the next few days. It’s not uncommon for improvement to continue well after the therapy since CranioSacral Therapy causes the body to resume its natural self-healing processes. In the meantime, as their bodies adapt to the release of formerly held patterns, some patients may need to undergo an integration and reorganization (follow-up) phase.

Ni Nan Healing Art Center
2579 Merrick Rd
Bellmore, NY 11710
(516) 442-7408

Chinese Pediatric Tuina For Children’s Conditions

If you have children who often suffer from colic. The ancient art of Chinese Pediatric Tuina would be the best way to address their condition. Mothers who have tried this treatment have found it to be extremely helpful in healing colic and other children’s conditions, especially when it’s combined with Chinese herbal medicine. Both treatments have been used in China for over a thousand years. It is now slowly being seen as a safe and reliable form of pediatric treatment in the West.

One very effective Chinese Pediatric Tuina technique is called the “Grasping Belly Corner” technique or “Na Du Jiao.” It is one among many therapeutic massage techniques of Chinese Pediatric Tuina (traditional Chinese massage).

To treat physical ailments in children, the therapist will apply light pressure on certain pressure points on the body. These points are usually located on the extremities, back, face, and stomach. To ease the massage and/or protect the skin of the child, massage oils or lotions may be used. Each therapy may last for twenty to thirty minutes. In many cases, the therapy should be administered once a day or every other day. Since the technique used in pediatric tuina is very easy and simple to perform, therapists often teach the parents how to properly perform the techniques so that they can administer the treatments to their child at home.  

Children are classified as “pure Yang constitution,” in Maitland Chinese medicine. This means they develop quickly in intelligence and physique. Simultaneously, they also are “Yang and Yin young constitution,” which implies they still have imperfect physical bodies and organic function, which is the reason they easily get sick, especially with regard to respiratory and digestive problems. Being a parent myself, my child seems to often suffer from colds (allergies, asthma, coughing) or tummy aches (due to diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, and bloating). Crying at night and bed wetting are also common problems during childhood.  

Pediatric tuina is a manual and safe therapy; its techniques produces no side effects and are light. It is an ideal way to alleviate many ailments felt during childhood. In addition, the therapy is an extremely powerful way to prevent diseases. Administering simple and regular pediatric tuina to your kids can help boost their natural body constitution and enhance their immune and digestive systems. It is especially effective for children who catch colds easily and for those who have picky appetites. It is a perfect treatment for newly born children and for kids up to seven years old. When combined with acupuncture, this technique comes highly recommended for older kids.   Chinese herbs are also prescribed most of the time to bring about even faster and better results.  

Things to know when your child is getting pediatric tuina and acupuncture:

  1. We advise that your child shouldn’t come to treatment on a full or empty stomach.
  2. After undergoing a session of acupuncture therapy, your child may feel a bit “woozy” or lightheaded.
  3. Make your child relaxed and comfortable during a treatment.
  4. To help calm your child, have him or her sit in our waiting area for a while, pretty soon he/she will be clear-headed and relaxed.

Promote Balance To Your Health By Following Five Element Nutrition Theory Chinese Medicine

TCM Traditional Chinese Medicine in Bellmore teaches that we are surrounded by five fields of energy. These five elemental environments – wood, water, metal, earth, and fire – are each related to certain body organs, that include the gall bladder, urinary bladder, abdomen, intestines, liver, lungs, spleen, and heart. The five different elements are also affiliated with the different seasons of the year: wood=spring, water=winter, metal=fall, earth=late summer, and fire= summer. These five elements depend and interact with each other.

Therefore, in order to preserve balance in all the elements and promote harmony in our health and surroundings, we need to eat foods that are associated with each of the elements. Five element foods recommended are fruits, vegetables, beans, tubers, and grains. Foods to avoid include wine, beer, liquor, deep-fried foods, chemical foods, processed foods, sugary foods, and meat.

Example of Everyday Dishes

Breakfast: Oats loaded with blueberries and walnuts
Lunch: Black bean salad corn with Grilled shrimp
Snack non-microwave popcorn
Dinner: stir-fried tofu and broccoli with brown rice
Dessert: Watermelon

To promote balance in the body, practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine advice eating foods appropriate to the season as well as foods associated with each of the elements.


The season of spring is associated with the element of wood and with morning. It is essential to eat a diet that cleanses and strengthens the gallbladder and liver because spring is associated with these organs. Wood veggies include leafy greens, parsley, sprouts, zucchini, string beans, carrots, broccoli, and artichokes. Purification is the effect of wood in your body.


Summer is the season related to Fire and high noon (12 p.m.). Its associated organs are the small intestine and heart. Fire veggies include tomatoes, scallions, dandelion, chives, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus. Fire generates blood flow in the body.

Late Summer

Late Summer is associated the earth element and with the afternoon. Its related organs are the pancreas and abdomen. Earth veggies include sweet potato, squash, parsnips, collards, and chard. Earth is responsible for digestion.


Autumn is the season of the Metal element, the lung organs specifically respond to it. Metal veggies are among others, radishes, daikon, cucumber, celery, cauliflower, and cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, daikon and radishes. Tempeh, tofu, spirulina, and peppermint all belong to the metal family. Respiration is its associated bodily function.

Winter associates with the water element, especially affects the bladder and kidneys, and is related to night time. Water veggies include burdock, beets, kale, and sea vegetables. Tamari, salt, and miso are also water foods. Winter relates to the bodily function of Elimination.

When one knows what element is associated with which season, foods, and bodily functions, they can figure out what part of the body is out of balance and how to treat it. For instance, if you are experiencing constipation in the middle of winter, drinking more water and eating lots of sea vegetables water can treat your problem since winter is the season of water.

Based on the theory of the Five Elements, the manner the food is cooked also alters the food’s energy. Barbecuing and grilling add fire energy to the food, steaming adds earth energy to the food, deep frying and stir-frying give food a wood energy, and baking adds metal energy to the food.

Keep a record of the food you eat and try to eat foods from each element every day if you are seriously considering this kind of dietary program.

Some Chinese Nutritional Therapy Tips To Healthy Living

According to TCM or traditional Chinese medicine in Bellingham, each person is unique and there are no ‘bad’ foods or ‘good’ foods; there are just foods that may be or maybe not appropriate per individual, just as there are suitable plants and herbs for each person based on what his or her health needs are. Warming yang tonic herbs would be the right stuff for people suffering from fatigue and cold; however, for someone who is deficient in yin and suffering from night sweats and constant thirst, these same warming nourishing herbs may only cause headaches and irritation to that person. Foods, like herbs, have varying energetic attributes; they can, for instance, be cooling or warming. Nutritional therapy, in TCM, is just one branch of a larger tree of medicine, which includes herbal medicine and acupuncture.

Raw Foods  

Thirty years ago, well-meaning health food advocates promoted the advantages of eating raw foods and the significance of enzymes from eating raw food. In TCM, this logic contains three fundamental errors:

People eating excess amounts of raw foods often experience loose bowel movements throughout the day. This means that the enzymes make their digestive systems purge more efficiently, which is actually, a TCM sign of Spleen damage.

There is no universal nutritional guideline that’s going to be appropriate for all people.

Raw foods are ‘cold’ by nature and so, too much eating of these foods will injure the Spleen organ energetic system. This energetic system, in TCM, is paired with the Abdomen energetic system and is very important in the normal absorption and digestion of food. So, a meal containing too much juiced vegetables, raw vegetables, fruit juices, and raw fruits is going to have the opposite effect on your health.

Foods for Internal Dampness and Deficient Spleen Qi

  • Aduki bean
  • Yams
  • Amaranth
  • Winter squash
  • Asparagus
  • Turnip
  • Beans
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Bitter greens such as dandelion and arugula
  • Rye
  • Cooked carrots
  • Radish  
  • Cooked celery
  • Pumpkin
  • Cooked soy
  • Millet
  • Garlic
  • Green onions
  • Horseradish
  • Kasha

We recommend the herbal formula Restore the Middle Way

Use or avoid in small amounts: meat, dairy, tofu, eggs, refined carbohydrates, sweets, fried foods, cucumber, watermelon, fruit juices and fruits.

The negative side of drinking too much water

According to TCM, while drinking too much water everyday may seem beneficial as it helps you to stay hydrated, forcing fluids into your body each day may be only putting an extra burden on your Kidneys. In addition, long-term thirst and dryness are most probably a sign of Deficient Yin where your cells are not absorbing water properly. If you are Yin Deficient, Yin foods and tonic herbs should be used to bolster the permeability of the cells so that the water you drink can actually be used by the cells.

One very sure way to shock your acupuncturist would be to say that you’re drinking huge amounts of iced water because you read in some magazines that it would help you lose weight by speeding up your metabolism. According to Chinese medicine, this is actually false since besides injuring the Spleen, it also weakens the energetic systems of your Kidney; the outcome would be more severe imbalances that may take years to repair as well as a gain in weight.

Foods to Treat Deficient Yin

Short grain brown rice, goji berry, amaranth grain, white mulberry, beets, quinoa, string beans, millet, spirulina, wheat germ, seaweed, barley, tofu, mung beans, black beans, kidney beans, tofu. In moderation: pork, raspberry, clam, blackberry, eggs, sardine, oysters.  For severe conditions: dairy products, grapes, watermelon, banana.

We recommend using an herbal formula called Yin Valley.

Foods to stay away from: red meat, fats, spices, coffee, alcohol

Myth:  one way to detox the body is by drinking large amounts of water.

Many people believe that drinking copious amounts of water is going to bathe the tissue and cells and can help cleanse the body of waste materials. The fact is, just the quantity of fluids needed for healthy cellular physiological function is going to infiltrate into the tissue; the remainder will be eliminated through urination. Again, when fluids are forced into the body, over time, it will lead to Deficient Kidney Qi and poor health and interrupt the balance of Yin and Yang of the body.

Liver Imbalances Cured by Nutritional Therapy

Expel Liver Wind – celery, chamomile, basil, western skullcap, sage, lemon, fennel, cold-pressed flax oil, ginger, coconut, anise, vinegar, oats, pine nuts, black soybean, and black sesame seed

Stay away from eggs, buckwheat, and crab meat

Cool Liver Heat – raw green vegetable juices, mung beans, daikon radish, mung sprouts, radish, nettle, rhubarb, celery, mushrooms, seaweed, plums, lettuce, chees, rye bread, tofu, quinoa, watercress, amaranth, cucumber, and millet.

Tonify Liver Blood – animal liver, greens, beef, spirulina, pork, red grapes, eggs, blackberries, chicken soup, blueberries, oysters, blackstrap molasses, sesame seed, gelatin, mulberry fruit, cardoon, dates, artichoke, nettle, red beets, avocado, kelp, and avocado.

Warming Foods for Deficient Qi or Yang – aduki beans, basil, beef, black beans, black pepper, butter, chicken, chili peppers, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, fennel, garlic, ginger, kale, lamb, lentils, molasses, mussel, mustard leaf, onion, rosemary, sesame seeds, shrimp, trout, vinegar, walnuts, winter squash,

cooked fruit: guava, coconut, peach, raspberry, cherry, date.

We recommend using an herbal formula called Ancestor Treasure.

Stay away from dairy, raw fruits, wheat, juices and veggies, asparagus, eggplant, wheat and asparagus.

Congee Therapeutic Dishes

If you are recuperating from a severe chronic condition, congees are highly recommended for eating if you want to rebuild your health. Consume grain or rice cereal combined with tonic herbs and the right foods. This form of healing porridge is light on your digestive system and is well-suited for people who are depleted with chronic illness. Cook as you would grain or rice.

Congee dish for recipe cancer recovery:

  • A pinch of salt
  • Two cups water
  • One Tablespoon each goji berries, astragalus, and grounded codonopsis, (or three tablespoons of powdered herb formula called Zenergy)
  • One cup brown rice

Congee Dish for Cleansing and Detoxification:

  • A pinch of salt
  • Two cups water
  • One Tablespoon each ground coriander seed, turmeric, and burdock root, (or three tablespoons of a powdered herbal formula called Central River)
  • One cup barley rice

Congee dish for weak digestion:

  • A pinch of salt
  • Two cups water
  • One tablespoon each ground fennel seed, hawthorn berries, and codonopsis
  • One cup brown rice

Chinese Nutritional Therapy and a Healthy Diet

Remember, it’s always important to take care of your Spleen. Your Spleen is responsible for the distribution and conversion of fluids and foods after the abdomen has ripened and rotted them. Simply put, the Spleen decides the way foods are used in the body and it contributes a lot in safe reduction of weight. Using tonic herbs to nourish the Spleen increases the efficiency of the Spleen energetic system. The Spleen is also where the pancreas is located, controls blood sugar levels and regulates the usage of blood sugar. In Chinese medicine, the cravings for sweets is due to Deficient Spleen Qi. The Spleen can be injured by eating damp generating foods and by Dampness itself. Foods to avoid would be raw foods, fried foods, iced drinks, and sugars; interestingly, too much fruits, juicing, and salad can lead to an increase in weight and injure the Spleen.

Again, as mentioned a while ago, there are only inappropriate foods, no ‘bad foods’. Certainly, there are sodas and other non-foods that are ‘bad’ for you. Real natural foods, however, if eaten moderately or appropriately, have a place in our lives. A luxurious slice of pecan pie may not be considered in the list below as a suitable acceptable part of your daily diet, but one must feed the spirit once in a while. Be confident of the wisdom of your body that it will use and absorb all essential nutrients and remove all unhealthy substances. If you tend to reprimand yourself every time you eat pecan pie reminding yourself that it does not contain any vital nutrients and is only going to increase your weight, it definitely will harm your health. Conversely, if you trust the wisdom of your body and relish it, it can’t do any harm to your body (provided it is eaten in moderation).

Useful Dietary Advices

Most advancements in nutritional therapy have more to do enhancing the preparation of food. Most of the listed food needs to be prepared. Taking time for food preparation that will enable you or others to heal is part of the method of treating oneself. Dining out occasionally while making appropriate dietary choices will work temporarily, but if you want long-term wellness, you’ll perhaps need to develop skills in preparing food (unless you have several healthy restaurants near your place).

The next part of the learning process is take your sweet time relishing your meal. You’re likely to derive more nutritional benefits out of a BLT (bacon lettuce tomato) sandwich that you carefully prepared, and ate with gusto in peace and quiet than a tofu burger you smelled while cruising down the highway.

Try to eat, at least, half a cup each of cooked berries, leafy greens, onions-mushrooms, legumes-beans, seeds-nuts, and vegetables everyday; this limits lessens your craving for unhealthy food choices.

Because the Spleen is at its most active in the morning, it is essential that breakfast be added as part of a treatment regimen, as it is a traditional component of Chinese nutritional Therapy, more so if you’re attempting to shed weight.

To avoid eating snacks between meals, you might want to try eatinf miso soup or broths instead. Meals should be eaten before 8 PM.

Eat locally grown or organic foods, as much as possible or when available.

General guidelines to healthy eating to preserve well-being:

This is not a comprehensive list of foods but it could be a starter guideline.

Fruits (5 percent)

Eat many tablespoons of berries daily if possible.

Eat a lot of tomatoes and avocadoes

Moderately consume: apples, apricot, bananas, blackberry pineapple, cantaloupe, cooked peaches, cooked pears, cranberry, figs, goji berry, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, lemon, mulberry, oranges, papaya, plums, pomegranate, quince, raisins, raspberry, stewed apples, strawberries, tangerine, watermelon,

Stay away from all processed/refined fruit juices

Animal Meat (5 to 10 percent)

Moderately consume: cold water fish, eggs, lamb, lean pork, organic beef, organic chicken, quail, seafood

Stay away from canned meats, meat fats, and luncheon meat

Beverages (3 percent caloric)

Consume lots of clean room temperature water, green tea, and herbal teas

Moderately consume: black tea, coffee, oat milk, organic milk, red wine, rice milk, soy milk

Star away from alcohol, beer, forcing liquids, iced beverages, iced tea, iced water, juice, sodas

Dairy (2 to 5 percent)

Moderately consume: cottage cheese, ghee, light sour cream, organic one percent milk, unprocessed cheese, yogurt

Stay away from sweetened yogurts, frozen yogurt, ice cream

Oils (5 percent) – eating foods that are fried only adds to Dampness in the body

Moderately consume: camolina oil, coconut oil, ghee, unrefined/unprocessed canola oil, unrefined/unprocessed oleic safflower oil, unrefined/unprocessed oleic sunflower oil, unrefined/unprocessed olive oil, unrefined/unprocessed sesame oil

Stay away from shortening, refined vegetable oils, refined canola oil, peanut oil, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, palm oil, margarine, hydrogenated vegetable oil, fried foods, cottonseed oil, corn oil, animal fats

Sweeteners (>1 percent) Refined/processed sugars generate Dampness in the body

Consume in small amounts: unrefined/unprocessed cane juice or powder, stevia,

small piece dark chocolate, rice syrup, molasses, maple syrup, local raw honey, date sugar, barley malt, agave

Stay away from any artificial sweeteners like Splenda™ and Nutrasweet™, brown sugar, candy, cane sugar or juice, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, 

turbinado sugar, white sugar

Grains (5 to 15 percent)

Eat lots of: amaranth, barley, bran, brown rice, buckwheat, foods made with whole grains, kashi, millet, oats, rye, short grain brown rice, spelt, whole grain breads, wild rice

Moderately consume: polenta, maize, corn meal

Stay away from: cake, cereal, cookies, foods made w/white flour, French bread, noodles, pasta, potatoes, processed cereals, rolls, soft whole wheat breads, white bread, white rice

Seeds and Nuts (5 to 10 percent), if possible, eat one-fourth cup a day

Eat lots of: shelled seeds & nuts including walnut, sunflower seed, squash seeds, pumpkin seed, pistachio, pine nut, pecans, hummus, flax seed, chia seed, black sesame seed, almond

Stay away from: rancid nuts – *nuts quickly start to deteriorate when they are hulled or shelled, cashews, peanuts, processed peanut butter

Legumes – lentils, peas, beans (15 percent). Try to eat a minimum of half a cup of legumes a day

Eat lots of: whole peas, TVP textured vegetable protein, tofu, tempeh, split peas, soybean, sesame, pinto beans, mung bean, miso, lima beans, lentils, kidney beans, hummus, garbanzo, black-eyed peas, black bean, aduki bean

Vegetables (25 percent). Try to eat a wide variety of veggies, organic if available. Consume a minimum of half a cup of greens a day, half a cup of mixed vegetables a day and one salad.

Eat lots of: yam, winter squash, turnip greens, sweet potato, steamed zucchini, steamed summer squash, steamed celery, steamed cauliflower, steamed carrots, steamed broccoli, snap bean, shallots, seaweed, scallions, rutabagas, peppers, parsnips, turnips, onions, okra, Napa cabbage, mustard greens, mushrooms, leeks, lamb’s quarters, kohlrabi, kale, Jerusalem artichoke, green peas, green beans, grape leaves, gobo-burdock root, eggplant, cooked tomatoes, cooked spinach, cooked beets, collards, chard, cabbage, Brussels sprout, bok choy, asparagus, artichoke.

Moderately consume: raw vegetables, raw tomato, potatoes, lettuce, cucumber, corn.

Chua K’a Massage Cures A Variety Of Musculoskeletal Disorders

Evolved from the ancient practices of Mongolian warriors, Chua K’a Mongolian massage is a form of bodywork I have first experienced through the services of a spiritual school as a self-massage for releasing old injuries from the soul and body. Chua K’a is founded on the principle that the body stores any remembrances of pain long after a wound has healed. If they did not address the memory of a wound, the Mongolian warriors believed that it made their bodies weaker and they are overtaken with fear. When these sites of trauma are released, wisdom of life experiences as well as consciousness is restored.

Chua K’a massage was initially used as a form of self-massage. People would use tools made of wood, jade, stone, etc. or their own hands to free their bodies. After implementing this massage on my own body for almost a couple of weeks, the outcomes were so amazing that I started to implement it as a practicing technique for my clients.  The massage causes your body to feel like it’s being sculpted; it is performed using a touch that is not painful but cathartic and deep. This vigorous massage can lead to ecstatic states as it stimulates the Spirit-Body and restores consciousness to regions that were previously asleep. In certain areas where the body has been “released”, a variety of emotional fears are also set loose. I endorse Mongolian Massage for people suffering from certain musculoskeletal disorders. The benefits of Chua K’a Mongolian massage include:

  • Loss of range of movement
  • Lack of self-acceptance and self-consciousness
  • Back aches
  • Fear of failing, Fear of dying,
  • Neck pain
  • Leg pain
  • Foot pain
  • Issues with grounding
  • Indigestion
  • Old injuries that never seem to completely heal
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Shoulder pain

Heather Shultz Acupuncture
100 Brick Rd Suite 212
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: (856) 452-1782

The Incredible Benefits of Mongolian Chua Ka Massage

There’s a great way to avoid paying for a massage: Do it yourself!  It may not be exactly the same as another person doing it on your body and may not even feel as good. But, there’s no doubt that it gives you the power to heal yourself and it still is good for you. 

The warriors of ancient Mongolia know very well the value of self-massage.  They designed a type of deep tissue self-massage they named Chua Ka, which they administered on themselves before marching off into battle. They believed that the experiences in life created channels of pain and muscle tension that are recalled by the body in the form of fears.  In other words, these soldiers believed that life itself can become so difficult that the body has no choice but to store those fears, injuries, and stresses learned from the traumas inside the muscle tissue. Because it is important to enter into battle and fight without fear, the idea was to free those deep-seated fears by massaging them deeply away.  

The healing practice of Chua Ka believes that freeing physical tightness in the body allows us to lessen mental tightness as well.  The warriors during those eras would use stones and sticks to deeply delve slowly into the body.  This method was also believed to bring the mind and body into a state of heightened awareness and sensitivity, as well as other traits that can help them survive during times of conflict.

There’s still a lot to say for what modern man thinks of self-massage and conventional massage even if there’s truth to the notion that massage can help prepare a person for challenge or even if they do not believe that the Mongolians were on to something.  These days there are several reasons why we all need to get a massage. It has been shown to bring about long-term health benefits like:

  • Detoxification of the body
  • Increase blood flow
  • Eliminate stress
  • Promote relaxation

But the best thing about self-massage is it’s extremely affordable and you can do it on yourself.

Still perfect tools are stones and sticks, but today’s generation of warriors have been gifted with even more options.  Few people are aware of it, but within your home may be some common household items that can hold the key to your mental and muscle relief. 

Are you suffering from knots or pain in your back?  Lie on the floor and put a tennis ball along the ailing part of your spine. To lessen or increase pressure on your back, use your body weight.  Slowly move till you start to feel relief.

Do have a sore forearm after typing for several hours? You can use the poles of a rolling pin or even the sticks of a drum set to bear firm pressure to the body part that’s causing you discomfort and pain.

Not mentioning yoga while talking about self-massage is like being a lover of classical music and ignoring Beethoven.  The best form of self-massage, hands down, is Yoga.

The ancient warriors of Mongolia were aware that the mind and body were closely connected and that taking care of the body was important not only for mental health but for one’s very survival as well.  The warriors of our time know that self-massage can be a way to take care of the body so that the other areas of our life can flourish.

Amy-SuiQun Lui, L.Ac.
Asian Health Center
27059 Grand Army of the Republic Hwy
Cleveland, OH 44143
Tel: (440) 833-0983