3. Tui Na
TUI NA, one of the oldest forms of medical massage, literally means to “push” (tui) and “grasp” (na). Using manual pressure (acupressure), Tui Na aids the flow of Qi and stimulates circulation in connective tissue. It enhances physical performance by opening joints, easing muscle tension and correcting postural deviations.
4. Medical Qigong
MEDICAL QIGONG is a comprehensive system that addresses the root cause of symptoms and illness. Rather than treating the patient as an aggregate of dysfunctional parts, Medical Qigong treats the whole being—the physical, emotional, and psychological self. The touchstone of Medical Qigong is the belief that we suffer from discomfort and pain because our relationship to universal Qi is disharmonious.
The word “Qigong” combines two Chinese characters:
Qi (氣) represents breath of life—the vital energy that flows through all things in the universe.
Gong (功) is the cultivation of self-discipline and achievement through practice.
Combined, the characters signify the skill of cultivating vital energy.
Qigong works with the electromagnetic currents of the body, currents that are not only present within us, but also extend outside our physical body, and interact with the world around us. All of our organs and tissues contribute to these currents, with the strongest bio-magnetic field being around the heart.
In a Medical Qigong treatment, the practitioner directs energy to the patient, usually via the practitioner’s hands. Energy is guided through the channels and organs using prescribed movements, postures, hand mudras, sounds and breathing techniques that are drawn from ancient Daoist and Buddhist practices.
Additional Treatment Modalities
The SANDLIN TECHNIQUE is the physical component of the body of work developed by Virginia Sandlin, called Matrimatics. Matrimatics is a synthesis of ancient Cherokee healing methods and quantum ethics. Through gentle touch, the practitioner senses energy flow and blockages in the body. This technique strengthens and rehabilitates the body to accelerate cellular healing. It is non-intrusive in nature and deeply relaxing.
GUA SHA is a bodywork technique used as a home remedy in many parts of Asia. A smooth, flat tool is used to gently press and scrape the skin to affect underlying muscles. The friction and directional motion helps to alleviate muscle soreness and tension. Gua Sha promotes circulation, releases toxins and restores normal metabolism.
CUPPING is a method of reverse acupressure. Sterilized glass cups create a vacuum against the skin; this suction encourages circulation and alleviates musculoskeletal pain in the back, neck, shoulders, and other areas. Cupping also eases the symptoms of the common cold, pneumonia, bronchitis and other respiratory conditions.