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Tai Chi Promotes Both Physical And Mental Well-Being

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An extremely old type of martial arts, Tai Chi centers on the internal energy of the body known in Chinese as “chi”. Tai Chi is designed to promote both physical and mental well-being by integrating the spirit, body, and mind and increase the flow of chi.

Tai Chi is more than just a string of motions it also entails the use of deep breathing and meditation, which are especially useful for lowering anxiety and stress. People who practice Tai Chi on a daily or regular basis have experienced an improved sense of well being due to the practice’s meditative and calming features. Because of the characteristics of the motions/movements, Tai Chi also benefits the whole body by improving flexibility and balance and increasing the strength of the muscles. Several doctors advise their patients to take up Tai Chi as an adjunctive form of therapy especially the one’s suffering from high blood pressure, circulatory problems, arthritis, and severe stress.

It’s much better to learn Tai Chi from an experienced practitioner or instructor rather from a book. If there is no instructor or practitioner teaching Tai Chi near you, then the next best thing is learning how to practice from a Tai Chi video. However, videos and books are best used as auxiliary sources of information to add what you have learned in a Tai Chi class.

Tai Chi requires that you keep your breath, mind, and body together whilst moving in an effortless, rhythmical, and continuous flow. You’ll learn how to relax the body and mind with regular practice, totally clearing out any feelings of tension and stress you have in your mind and body.

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Written by Valerie

September 25th, 2018 at 2:17 pm

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Different Forms Of Asian Bodywork Therapy

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Most people are unaware of the benefits that a practitioner of Oriental Medicine in Jacksonville or Asian bodywork can offer. If you’re unsure of the different styles of Asian bodywork or are unsure of where to begin, you have not yet tried this type of therapy.

When talking about Asian bodywork, one of the first things that come to mind is that Asian people are the only one’s offering these techniques. Asian bodywork is actually practiced and performed by every ethnicity these days. Those healers have gone through rigorous training and certification and are practicing these techniques in several rural areas, suburbs, and even in homes. Simply ask for your therapist’s credentials if you’re not sure about them. Elite practitioners and therapists of Asian bodywork have certification provided by the AOBTA or the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia.

Asian style therapists utilize several different modalities including Swedish massage and other traditional techniques. In their massage, several Western approaches do not avail of the use of ‘energy’ primarily because it can be difficult to think about it since they actually cannot be seen. However, most of us are familiar about the central nervous system. In Asian style bodywork, the therapist is performing the massage in such a way that restores balance to the person making him not too drowsy after a massage session, even in Swedish massage.

Asian bodywork therapists also use various unique modalities. According to ancient documents, the Chinese have been using massage for thousands of years ago, before anyone else. This implies that ALL forms of massages originated in China in one way or another. Tui Na is the number one type of massage practiced in China today. It is a medical version of massage with less ‘fluff’ and more therapeutic value and is also used to provide orthopedic massage, and physical therapy and for treatment of sports injuries and ailments. It uses a unique set of hand techniques that’s way beyond strokes and entails very little disrobing and little-to-no oils. Tui Na uses deep tissue techniques, sports therapies, traction, stretching, and acupressure.

Acupressure is basically massaging the acupoints of the body. It is very similar to Shiatsu, but traditionally is performed on the floor.

Reflexology utilizes various parts of the body including the ear, hand, and foot to address those ‘reflex zones’ that will lead to the treatment of the entire body. Foot reflexology is the most popular type of reflexology. Most foot reflexology treatments are done by a skilled therapist who took a single class on the subject and performs a simple foot rub on the client. Real foot reflexology does not use foot baths, crèmes, or lotions. Instead it uses very special finger and thumb techniques to work the foot in a very specific way and direction. Talk to your therapist if you plan to get a real foot reflexology therapy.

I urge you to look for an Asian bodywork therapist in your area and ask for a consultation or try one of their special treatments. Other healing therapies include Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Lomi Lomi, and more.

Written by Valerie

September 25th, 2018 at 2:14 pm

Integrating Western Medicine And Eastern Medicine Is The Best Approach To Healing

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TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, which includes herbology, Chinese physical therapy (Tui Na), and acupuncture have been practiced for thousands of years to help heal the human body. Unfortunately, it tends to be sidelined because it is not commercialized and most people are unfamiliar to it. This article will strive to let you know more a little about this ancient healing system.

Origins

The aforementioned components of TCM do not heal the body per se but instead aids in healing. We say this because these components set off the self-healing processes of the body. The remedies found in herbology, acupuncture, and Tui na balance the body which promotes healing. They do not address the symptoms of a disease. They actually treat its underlying cause.

In TCM, there exists and energy within the human body called Chi or Qi. But the theory of a universal flow of energy is really not novel. Physicists in the West have come to the conclusion that all matter is energy and all energy is matter. Chi circulates inside the body, and the body is in balance when Chi flows smoothly. We become ill when the Chi slows down or speeds up due to a blockage or other factors that tend to affect its flow. Think of it this way…

Chi can be thought of as a free-flowing river, the current keeps the water clean and well-oxygenated while the rocks help filter the water. Imagine now that a tree branch or trunk has fallen into the river and creates an obstruction like a partial dam. Water builds up in an area, and the flow begins to slow down. The stagnating waters cause algae to grow in the water and on the rocks. Detritus and debris get snared in the dammed up part of the river resulting in bacterial growth that eventually flows downriver.

External

The underlying cause of your pain can be sometimes a chronic physical condition or an injury. Tui Na herbology, and acupuncture are as equally effective in resolving orthopedic trauma as Western medicine. Many kung fu practitioners and athletes swear by these healing modalities.

Injuries can be due to stagnation and blockages, especially with regards to circulation. We could use an herbal ointment to heal a sprained ankle. The ointment contains herbs that have their own unique healing properties. It may contain for instance, turmeric that can help treat inflammation and boost circulation. Less inflammation means less pain. Thus, turmeric can be often found many ointments to relieve pain.

Tui Na practically is therapeutic massage. This type of treatment also helps restore balance in the body by encouraging the flow of chi through the energy channels or meridians (where chi flows), muscles, and joints.

Internal

Being examined by a practitioner of TCM is different from the kind of examination one gets from a Western medicine doctor. In TCM examination, unless you’re referring about your pulse (which mirrors circulation), there are no blood tests. Your pulse, symptoms, and appearance (the physical appearance of your skin, tongue, etc.) are the things observed by a practitioner.

Both herbology and acupuncture are used to address stagnation and chi blockages that can be the underlying reason for any number of pain or ailments, and can be used together to resolve one or multiple health issues. Acupuncture needles are inserted into the point(s) of obstruction while the herbs are given to encourage the movement of chi and circulation.

Herbs can come in the form of ointment, tea, or pills, and if your TCM practitioner is also an herbalist, he exactly knows how to combine them. There is no Tylenol in a Chinese pharmacy. It only sells herbs – lots of them. Actually the first pharmaceutical drugs used in Western medicine were herbs. Sadly however, especially with regard to “Big Pharma,” it’s apparent that Western medicine seems to be too much concerned with treating symptoms alone and providing people with a temporary fix for their illness.

The Best of Both Worlds

Healing can be maximized by integrating Western medicine and Eastern medicine. Both aspects of these two healing systems should be incorporated to attain balance in our practice. In various instances, a lifetime on medication is not the answer, nor surgery. Combining TCM with the best practices Western science and medicine has to offer (including nutritional therapy) gives you the tools necessary to attain wellness and health.

Written by Valerie

September 25th, 2018 at 1:48 pm