Most traditions and cultures acknowledge subtle anatomy – the intersection of the physical body and spirit through a series of ‘subtle bodies.’ Energy work accesses the subtle bodies to restore structural balance and increases our experience of holistic well-being. Energy work can purify and help release old traumas and stories that have crystallized as physical patterns of imbalance. By releasing tensions and amplifying our body’s intuitive healing response, we heighten mental clarity, consciousness, and release discomfort and pain.
Chinese Medical Massage or Tui Na can effectively assess and treat structural imbalances, orthopedic issues, sports injuries, and internal patterns of dis-ease. Tui Na can help restore the flow and balance of Qi, blood, and vital fluids. Hands-on therapy accesses and frees areas of stagnation that other methods might not get to, and, hands-on techniques amplify the effect of acupuncture and other therapeutic modalities. Skilled hands, alive with Qi and sensitive to physical topography and temperature, serve as powerful diagnostic tools that help practitioners map and treat underlying musculoskeletal conditions such as TMJ, neck and back pain, sprains, strains, and internal imbalances such as asthma and PMS symptoms.
Cranial sacral therapy
At the deepest levels, our cells are alive and breathing. The rhythmic pulses of the body’s breath can be felt along the cranial, skeletal, and sacral structures of the body. The motion or “breath of life” of cranial bones are closely connected to subtle movements that involve a network of interrelated tissues and fluids at the core of the body. This includes cerebrospinal fluid (‘sap in the tree’), the central nervous system, the membranes that surround the central nervous system and the sacrum. Gently maneuvering the motion of these rhythms can restore all systems to balance.
Visceral manipulation and Qi Nei Tsang
Visceral Manipulation involves the release of tension in the ligaments and connective tissue of the organs. Focusing on the abdomen, VM is a gentle and relatively deep tissue therapy that liberates the connective tissue around and between organs. VM restores the motility of the internal viscera to move and glide freely, improving function. VM reflects ancient Tibetan and Chinese traditions, like Qi Nei Tsang.
Qi Nei Tsang names the Taoist holistic hands-on therapy developed for the treatment of the internal organs. QNT acknowledges and integrates physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our being and addresses the center locus of organ-based health issues.
Through VM and QNT, all of the body’s systems are addressed: digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, muscular-skeletal, and the acupuncture Qi meridian system. VM and QNT detoxifies the organs, helps to restructure and strengthen the body, balances emotional energetics, and connects us more deeply to the bodily felt sense of our experience.
Many medical traditions recommend people train the body in healthy patterns of breathing and dynamic movement. Exercises, primarily Qi Gong or Yoga offer ways to optimize movement, strengthen areas that are weak and activate/accelerate the healing of injuries. Based on your health concern, qi gong and/or yoga exercises may be suggested to further support your health and healing. Usually these movements are designed to generate integration of the whole body and to support everyday activity.