August 24, 2009
Shiatsu is the base for many different kinds of Eastern bodywork. Tui Na dates back to the Shang Dynasty of China, 1700 B.C.E. and follows the same belief of Qi flowing through the body by way of meridians. It can be a blend of Acupressure, Range of Motion, Kneading, Compression and Stretching. This type of body work has been recommended for the treatment of joint and spine issues - as each session requires your practitioner to address all of the major joints in the body to earn the trust of your Wei Qi (defensive energy). It is also used to evaluate other body imbalances, promote circulation of Qi (which includes Blood and Oxygen circulation) and follows the standard of Traditional Chinese Medicine by striving to balance the Eight Principles:
*Yin and Yang
*Hot and Cold
*Full and Empty (or Deficiency and Excess)
*Interior and Exterior
These pairs balance out their partner to make for smooth flowing energy in the body to promote a healthier you!
Why this quick intro to Tui Na? Because one of my upcoming posts shall be a report of my first experience with it's ancient healing ways. Stay Tuned!