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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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Chua Ka Self Massage To Heal Deep-Seated Tension And Stress In The Mind And Body

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Do it yourself massage, a splendid way to feel good without having to pay for a massage! Sure, it’s not exactly the same and it may not even feel as good. But, it sure does benefit your whole being and gives you the power to heal yourself.

The value of self-massage was acknowledged by the ancient Mongolian warriors who, before setting off to battle, gave themselves a form of deep tissue massage called Chua Ka. According to them, life experiences generate a web of muscle pain and tension that are recollected as fears in the body. For them, life itself is so arduous that it forces the body to retain fears, injuries, and stresses learned from those trauma and wounds within muscular tissue. Because it is important for them to fight or go into battle without fear, they believed that deep massage was a good way to liberate those deeply rooted fears within their body and psyche.

The healing power of Chua Ka allows for the release of both mental tension and physical tension in a person. During the peak of Mongolian empire, which was by far even more vast than the empire of Alexander the Great, warriors would utilize stones and sticks to burrow slowly deep into the body. They did this because they believed that it brings the mind and body into a condition of intensified awareness and sensitivity and it provides them with additional benefits that can be crucial for victory when heading off to battle.

There is a lot to say about the benefits of massaging yourself. You don’t need to know how the Mongolians were able to discover and develop Chua Ka and how they came to the realization that massage can help prepare them for war in order to gain the benefits of self-massage. In our modern age, people get massage for various reasons. Numerous studies have revealed that massage definitely helps detoxify the body, increases circulation, allays stress, promotes relaxation, produces long-term health benefits, and last but not least, is easily accessible and very affordable, more so if you do it on yourself.

For the incredibly successful and strong ancient Mongolian warriors, stones and sticks were perfect tools that honed and turned their bodies into efficient killing machines. Today, very few people realize that there are a few common household items that may be used to relieve mental and muscular tension.

If you have ache or pain in your forearm due to typing too much, you may utilize the ends of a rolling pin or even a drum stick in order to apply pressure to relieve the part of the body where discomfort or pain is felt.

Speaking of rolling pins, you can read a helpful article in the Elephant Journal that explains how rolling a foam pillow over your body can help alleviate over-used and sore muscles.

Are you experiencing knots or pain in your back? Relieve it by simply lying on the floor and placing a tennis ball along the problematic part of your spine. To either lessen or add pressure on your back to relieve muscle ache or pain within minutes, you can simply use your own body weight and slowly move your body.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention yoga when writing about self-massage. The reason yoga is one of the most practiced activity in the world is because it is one of the best forms of self-massage ever.

The warriors of ancient Mongolia knew that the mind and body were closely connected and it was necessary to take care of the body not just for mental health but also for their very own survival. The warriors of today realize that self-massage is a great way to take care of the body, which can help them flourish in other areas of their lives.


Dr. Yelena Pakula is a licensed acupuncture doctor and the medical director of Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Pembroke Pines, FL.

Written by Valerie

January 9th, 2018 at 5:33 pm

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