Asian Bodywork for Professionals
Asian Bodywork, or massage, is an ancient healing system dating back about 5,000 years to the period of the legendary Yellow Emperor of China. It is part of an ancient healing system, rooted in the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Whereas in the United States the use of massage for healing is relatively new, in China, therapeutic bodywork has been an integral part of the medical system for thousands of years. This specialized form of massage therapy combines deep tissue manipulation with the application of pressure, friction and touch to specific points, energy channels, muscles, ligaments and joints.
How Asian Bodywork is Effective
Asian Bodywork is rooted in the same fundamental principles as acupuncture and herbalism, focusing on the balance and movement of energy within the body. The techniques of Asian Bodywork aim to remove blockages and free the flow of energy in the body, thereby restoring, promoting and maintaining optimum health. While the acupuncturist inserts needles into the energy pathways to stimulate and move the energy, the Massage Therapist relies primarily on the sensitivity and strength of the hands to manipulate the life force. The therapist skillfully gathers information through: the review of information provided by the patient, tongue and pulse diagnosis, observation of the patient’s signs and symptoms, listening to the patient’s complaints, and palpating the body. The mission of the therapist’s assessment is to create a mind/body portrait that includes structural, emotional and energetic imbalances. Attention is also given to structural deviations, spasms, any palpable masses, skin temperature and skin changes. After a complete assessment is made, a treatment plan can be formulated.
Benefits in Prevention and Healing
Asian Bodywork has proven itself to be a successful therapy for both prevention and healing. A wide range of conditions can be treated including traumas from sprains, strains; arthritis; hypertension; circulatory problems; autoimmune diseases such as scleroderma; neuromuscular diseases such as myasthenia gravis; asthma and bronchitis.
The decision of what to treat, when to treat and how to treat depends on the assessment of the therapist, the purpose of the patient’s visit (prevention or healing) and the severity of the signs and symptoms. Preventive treatments, combined with proper diet and exercise, have been found extremely effective in preventing further pathological changes from taking place. When a reversal of abnormal changes is not possible, the therapist can alleviate the symptoms and pain caused by these changes.