Saturday, March 10, 2012

Pearls of the Orient: Part 1

"Manners must adorn knowledge and smooth its way in the world,
without them it is like a great rough diamond, very well in a
closet by way of curiosity, and also for its intrinsic
value; but most priced when polished."

- Lord Chesterfield     

Where it began...

Being a Massage therapist of Asian descent, I have been asked a few times by my peers of what Eastern Modality do I believe is the most sought after by my clients, or the most productive to learn how to do, or the most enjoyable. They probably assume that because I am Asian, I perform Eastern Modalities!

First of all, not all Asian Massage Therapists are Eastern Purists, and because you are one, does not mean you have to. Second, no Eastern Modality is better than the other. As we all know different clients, have different needs and goals, and each modality can have different effects on different individuals at different levels of health and well-being. And what feels good for you certainly is not so enjoyable all the times to others.

If there is an Eastern Modality that interest you, or you have experienced before, learn about it as much as you can before shedding hundreds of bucks to pay for CEUs about them. And remember, what feels good for you is not necessarily the case to your client and what appeals to you is not the same as what it does to others. If you honestly think that learning an Eastern Modality can be an advantage to your professional practice or business after much thought and research, then by all means - go for it! We are required by law to acquire a certain number of CEUs anyways to renew our license (state-dependent) - so why not spent your time, effort and money in the most productive way - both to you and your client!

Well, luckily, it is just so happen that I did embrace my roots and I am fortunate enough to have learned and get certified in some Eastern approach which reminisced me of where it all began. There are so many Eastern Modality, and now-a-days, practitioner have even come to mix and match them to a whole new modality, modernized them to have a Western appeal. I practice a few, and I am certified in even fewer.

China-Tuina, Japan-Shiatsu, Korea-Anma, Polynesia-Lomi, India-Ayurveda, Thailand-Serawak, Philippines-Hilot. So many different names, so many different techniques. They are all about Health and Well-being of the mind, body and soul. There are four Eastern Modality that I practice regularly. Here are the first two of those four in no particular order!

- Leo Feraer-Oporto

Hilot Massage Therapeutics

I have discussed this modality in my previous post. Read the post: Anchoring Roots.

Xiamen and Dagdagay Foot Reflexology

Dagdanay Foot massage is an indigenous form of foot massage from the Phillipines that uses "lana" (virgin coconut oils) and "tapik" (bamboo stick tools) infused in a system of deep gliding strokes to the feet. It is "Hilot" of the Feet. (See Hilot above).

Xiamen Relexology is an ancient healing art form of foot massage that originated from Xiamen, China that predates the Ingham Method of the Western reflexology. The reflexes and principles have variations from the Ingham Method. It is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears and their referral areas within zone related areas, which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body.

Xiamen-Dagdanay is simply a combination of the two. The application of pressure on the reflexes, unlike the Ingham method is lubricated and employs long gliding strokes and deep static compression to the reflexes with or without the use of tools. In addition, a variety of stretches are also included in the protocol.

Xiamen Dagdanay Foot Reflexology massage can be a deeply relaxing and therapeutic modality for those suffering from plantar fasciitis, ankle injuries or even everyday work and play. This will not only help relieve toe pain, ankle pain, plantar fasciitis and common forms of arthritis, but can also decrease stress and anxiety in the entire body.

Do you want to learn more about Xiamen-Dagdanay Reflexology? Click here.

Serawak-Thai Massage and Five-Element Shiatsu on my next post.

- Leo Feraer-Oporto

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