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Getting Rid Of Sickness Energy Through Feng Shui

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The “hulu” gourd, also known as bottle gourd or calabash, is part of the squash family. It is commonly used in cooking for its meat is very tender before the gourd which is full maturation. It can be used in soups or in stir-fries.

In Jacksonville Chinese medicine, the “hulu” gourd is used for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties, and especially for treating jaundice. The “hulu” gourd also has many functional properties. Many countries use it as a container to hold water or liquor. Ancient Chinese Scriptures also mention “hulu” gourds in wedding ceremonies by cutting the top of the gourd and making it into a cup.

Using the top of the “hulu” gourd as a wine glass to serve liquor is considered an auspicious symbol for marriage. In feng shui, “hulu” gourds are useful tools as well. Because the gourd has a small opening and wide base, it can be used to capture either negative or positive energy. Therefore, if placed in the right area in a home, it can improve relationships, boost wealth, cure diseases, and/or get rid of evil spirits.

However, I recommend using the “hulu” gourd to mitigate illness. In ancient times, practitioners of Chinese medicine use “hulu” gourds to store medicine and antidotes. Even religious people and monks store the medicinal plants inside the “hulu” gourds to carry around or even worship. There is a Chinese saying, certain “hulu” gourds contain certain medicine.

The doctors of ancient China field medicine inside these “hulu” gourds and carried them around when they visited patients. People believed “hulu” gourds can cure diseases. Based on the feng shui theory of balancing balancing the five elements and under the system of the flying stars, each area or location of a residence will contain an area that is prone to ailments and illnesses. We call it the sickness star.

The star correlates with the element the earth. When we find the area where the sickness star lies in the premises of a residence, placing a brass “hulu” gourd in that area can mitigate its effects and minimize illness because the metal quality of brass can weaken the element of earth. Therefore, this can maintain balance among the elements.

Written by Valerie

March 29th, 2020 at 9:47 am

Tui Na Treatment Of Musculoskeletal Disorders

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If you’ve been fortunate enough to try Shiatsu and acupressure together as a form of therapy, then you might want to try a session of Tui Na that may seem like a combination of the two. Tui Na massage, like Shiatsu, applies rhythmic pressure on the body’s meridians or energy channels. Tui na is one among a variety of bodywork techniques that lubricate and manipulate the joints. It mimics acupressure in that it tends to affect the movement of energy by applying and maintaining pressure on certain acupressure points of the body.

From a Western perspective, Tui Na is a an Oriental bodywork type that closely looks like your average Western massage. Several of the methods look the same — shaking, gliding (Tui aka effleurage), vibration, kneading, percussion (Da or tepotement), rocking, friction, rotation, and pulling. However, similar it may seem to Western-style massage, Tui Na is designed to be more therapeutic than your average Swedish-style massage.

Perhaps, the best thing about Tui Na over standard massage is that it can target a specific problem, such as chronic pain associated with the joint and musculoskeletal systems of the body. It works quite well against shoulder, neck, and back pain as well as against muscle spasms, sciatica, and joint diseases such as arthritis. Tui na is a great treatment for tension related to stress and for chronic conditions such as headaches, migraines, insomnia, and constipation.

Tui Na just doesn’t address joint, bone, and muscle problems, it also works with the body’s chi or life energy at a more profound level. As the practitioner is able to determine the flow of energy of the client, he or she can affect its flow and distribute the energy properly and smoothly throughout the client’s body.

Like all other forms of Oriental bodywork, Tui Na can correct and prevent problems. Health is preserved when the energy of the body is kept in balance. This is a fact not just for physical well-being and health, but also for the health and well-being of the emotions and mind.

Tui Na is an ancient Chinese type of medicine that traces its roots way back to 1700 BC. It is the forerunner of many modern Oriental forms of bodywork. Like all components of Fort Lauderdale Chinese Medicine —Tui Na practice in China was dealt a huge blow during the social and political upheavals brought about by the Communist takeover of China in the 20th century. The Chinese government put into operation in 1929, a policy that would eliminate ancient medicine systems. Chinese Medicine, during 1936, was denigrated as without scientific basis and its practice was prohibited.

Despite these problems, among the majority of the Chinese people, Tui Na survived as a widely popular healing art, who have long used Anmo therapy for treating illnesses and infirmities. The Chinese used to call Tui Na Anmo massage; however, Tui Na is a more specific term that suggests treatment based on Chinese medicine principles.

In 1949, after Communism took over China, there was a change in the policy against traditional medicine, and the ancient way of using Chinese medicine was promoted. Unfortunately, more setbacks occurred during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s.

Today, in the West, Tui Na is practiced more by osteopaths, physical therapists, and chiropractors than by massage therapists. In Traditional Chinese Medicine colleges, it’s taught as an equal but distinct field of study, needing the same level of training as herbalists and acupuncturists.

The migration of Tui Na to the West led to some modifications to its styles. Unlike their counterparts in China, many Tui Na therapists trained in the West have abandoned the practice of “bone setting”. Western Tui Na practice can be considered as a clinical appendage of Western massage that emphasizes on balancing and restoring energy.

Written by Valerie

March 23rd, 2020 at 11:09 am

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Chua Ka Healing Practice

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Chua Ka is a form of self-massage practiced by the Huns before they go into battle. They believed it helped increase their success in battle.

These days, Chua Ka is used to purify cellular memory and enhance success in whatever personal battles you encounter.

The physical memory of event that were not cleared on the mental and emotional levels is called cellular memory. They may manifest in the form of past injuries, but usually, it is just that dull recurring pain that’s felt once in a while.

People sometime become emotional during a session of massage because this activity can clear and stimulate cellular memory. I have been with several clients who had a sudden emotionally reaction because the emotion that had been long obstructed is now seeking expression.

In my experience as a therapist, my clients and I often do not know what their experience is and this really doesn’t matter in the therapy. After release of the blocked emotion, the client typical feels emotionally better, and he begins to improve his range of movement and motion within the region we were working on that activated the emotion.

I have also observed that after their cellular memory has been freed, my clients often clearly remember the experience that has caused their memory block.

For instance, if a person once played basketball when he was a kid, and then suffered an injury to his knee after slipping during a basketball game, but wasn’t able to express the ailment that he was experiencing at the time (most likely because of embarrassment), he may hold that cellular memory inside him which may prevent him to play the game ever again. If he comes into my office and begins sobbing and crying when I massage his knee, the next time he’s asked to play basketball, he will say yes, after refusing to play previously for years.

Chua Ka means, ‘cleaning the bones.’ The Huns practiced it because they believed that if they were still holding on to old experiences and problems on an energetic level, those experiences would hinder his combat ability psychically, emotionally, mentally, and physically.

Chua Ka Healing Practice

This healing technique may require at least an hour to finish. The Huns needed many hours to ‘clean’ every bone in their bodies. I recommend that you begin at your feet (which may take a while, since each foot has 26) and work your way up. Better results occur when you take your time instead of rushing through your whole body.

Chua Ka can be a unique and enjoyable ritual with several benefits.  Here are some tips that can help you achieve those benefits. Your therapist can help you with this activity.

  • Relax and practice deep breathing for five minutes. This is an ideal time to ground your energy, if you know how to do that. Try to learn about the energy field around you as best you can. Visualize a colored or white bubble of light surrounding your whole body, 10 feet in all directions, and a string connecting you to earth’s center coming out of the base of your spine, and another cord emanating from the top of your head attaching you to the infinite heavens.
  • On the bone you have selected to work on, place your hand gently. Stay in that position for a few minutes and become conscious of the various levels there, in both the bone and soft tissue.
  • Increase pressure slowly and gradually. Visualize your hand sinking into your flesh and penetrating the layers of fascia. If this is done gradually enough, you’ll feel as if your hand has sunk into your body, and that you are touching the bone’s hard surface.
  • This part may entail a bit of creativeness. When you reach the point in the Chua Ka ritual when you are ‘touching’ bone, visualize a white light radiating from the tips of your fingers. This energy is believed to be coming from the earth and pulled down from the heavens through the strings you created earlier. Imagine the white light enveloping your bone and that this light is eliminating all debris around the bone. Imaging the debris falling off slowly into the ground to be corrected. By means of this light, you can send love to that part of your body.

We live in a physical quantum universe where things appear solid but are not. I don’t want to get too deep into the discussion about quantum physics, but if you want to know more about it, I highly suggest you watch the movie ‘What the Bleep do We Know’.

  • When you or your therapist has cleaned your bone thoroughly, you or he can begin drawing his hand away from the bone. This may take a couple of minutes to do since if you quickly remove your hand after being so deeply ‘inside’ the muscle, it may jar your muscle.
  • When the hand of the therapist is brought back to the surface, he will remove his hand from that area and process to the next muscle. The process can be repeated multiple times.
  • When you’re about to finish the ritual, imagine a cord from the bottom of your spine connecting to the center of the earth while you or your therapist utter the words “All energy that is not our own, go back to the source.”

Things to Remember

Sometimes, in a session of Chua Ka, you may not reach an emotional release. No need to panic if this occurs. You may feel the release a few days later.

But, if it does not come, you may want to add a few more sessions to your therapy. Most people actually fail to get an emotional release the first time. After two or more sessions, they will begin to realize what it feels like to energetically touch the various layers of their body. I often advise my clients to give the massage some time to be absorbed by their bodies.

Once you experience the release, the experience can be so cathartic and relaxing! Chua Ka is a forerunner to deep tissue, which is all about delving into the body fascia and muscles.

After therapy, I would suggest that the client rest for a while at the massage table. Their energy field has just been opened so, it’s best they avoid places are crowded, noisy, or chaotic.

Lastly, try a bodywork like tennis ball self-massage that is less focused on the energetic body if your Chua Ka experience hasn’t worked out well for you.

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

Written by Valerie

March 3rd, 2020 at 3:34 pm

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Mongolian Medicine And Chua Ka Massage

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Could your past life have anything to do with your current illness? Perhaps, your stars have not been favorable this year, maybe you’ve been under the weather, or you may even have been unknowingly possessed by a malevolent evil spirit? More than just mechanical, Mongolian medicine actually believes that health is a combination of the psychological, physical, and spiritual aspects of a person. It’s as likely as performing exorcisms alongside acupuncture or to provide prayers as drugs.

This may sound weird but psychoneuroimmunology (the science of body-mind health) researchers may likely agree with many of the tenets of Mongolian medicine, which antedates the theories of quantum physics by thousands of years, that believes in the relativity of time (the present is affected by the past and future), and that we are not isolated from our environment.

This form of medicine was already old when Genghis Khan was wreaking total chaos all across Asia and Europe. At its core is the ancient folk remedy called “em-dom,” which has preserved its purity and provides certainly uniquely weird remedies. To address lung problems, Horse milk is used. A newborn with an umbilical cord infection can be treated by burning a piece of the mother’s hair, pulverizing it into ash and applying it on the affected area – and is alleged to cure the illness in one night. There are amazing esoteric remedies for just about everything from skin rejuvenation to curing mouth ulcers.

Mongolian medicine can boastfully claim that its healing techniques are even older than the renowned healing techniques of India (Ayurvedic) China (Taoist), Arabia (Tibb) and Tibet. It actually shares several healing practices with them – the use of manipulation and bodywork techniques, acupuncture, moxibustion, and herbal medicine. Even the spiritual methods are the same – although this aspect of Eastern traditional medicine is usually ignored in the West.

It was Dr Natsagdorf, who practically revived the ancient art of Mongolian medicine in his home country after its practice was banned by the communist government. At his clinic, he sees about 45 patients each day.

Dr Natsagdorf is a revered doctor who tends to perform a very effective but quick diagnosis. He takes a patient’s hands and examines their wrists focusing on the pulses. He asks the patient to stick out his tongue, and then examines their eyes and very intently observes their face. From this, he will come up with a diagnosis of the patient’s health.  If a patient has a problem, he usually will prescribe the patient with a pack of herbal powders to be mixed in water and more often than not, whatever illness or ailment the patient is suffering from will be sorted out.

Chua Ka

The age-old Mongolian massage therapy of Chua Ka was used by Mongolian warriors as a way to physically purify their bodies to prepare their minds and bodies for battle. This therapy was also used after battle to help heal the traumas and injuries (mental and physical injuries) suffered during the conflict. The massage is a powerful way to heal the mind and body. These days, the therapist usually administers the massage on a couch with the client wearing just his pants, and his body covered well with towels.

Chua Ka massage is a unique technique that uses slow and long fluid strokes felt deep within the body. Some say it is a kind of “body reflexology” that targets key acupressure points in the body. The massage lasts for an hour with the therapist working on the client’s legs, arms, shoulders, back, and finishing with some deep bodywork on the neck and certain firm pressure on the client’s face and scalp. It can sometimes feel painful, but the pain vanishes once the tension in the body is released.

On the physical level, the goal of Chua-ka massage is to free built-up layers of metabolic waste and on the psychological level, it eliminates recollections of pain (whether emotional, physical, spiritual, or mental). It follows the principle underlying all of Mongolian medicine – cure the whole, not just the parts. “Anything that affects the mind is mirrored in the body and vice versa.” Chua Ka works quite well for digestive conditions, problems related to stress, back pain, and even for cellulite; however, the most intriguing aspect of the therapy its ability to heal psychic wounds. It is an ideal technique for people looking to for a way to expand their consciousness.

For your average Jane and Joe, Mongolian medicine can be an overwhelming therapy, especially when it delves into exorcism and spirits, reincarnation and rituals. Most Westerners dismiss it as mindless superstition. However, for those who have experienced its incredible healing powers, chua-ka massage is a very unique and novel way to help cure the illnesses of people.

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110 N Orlando Ave
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 234-6454

Written by Valerie

March 3rd, 2020 at 3:28 pm