Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pearls of the Orient: Part 2

“It is, indeed, a remarkable circumstance that when Western civilization discovers Relativity it applies it to the manufacture of atom-bombs,
whereas Oriental civilization applies it to the development
of new states of consciousness”

- Frederic Spiegelberg     

Like a Rare Blue Lotus

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 Last two of those four in no particular order! To see the first two, click here.

 - Leo Feraer-Oporto      
Serawak - Thai Massage

Thai Massage is a type of massage in Thai style that involves stretching and deep massage. This form of bodywork is usually performed on the floor, and the client wears comfortable clothes that allow for movement. No oils are used in Thai massage. It is known in Thailand as "nuat phaen boran", literally, the ancient-manner massage.  

The massage practitioner leans on the recipient's body using hands and usually straight forearms locked at the elbow to apply firm rhythmic pressure. The massage generally follows the Sen lines on the body - somewhat analogous to meridians or Channel (Chinese medicine) and Indian nadis. Legs and feet of the giver can be used to fixate the body or limbs of the recipient. In other positions, hands fixate the body, while the feet do the massaging action.

A full Thai massage session typically lasts two hours or more, and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body; this may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking the knuckles, walking on the recipient's back, and arching the recipient's into bhujangasana or (cobra position). There is a standard procedure and rhythm to this massage.  

Do you want to learn more about Thai Massage? Click here.

Five Element Shiatsu 

Five Element Shiatsu is a gentle, non-invasive, tonifying massage modality that focuses on applying pressure to specific points along organ pathways or channels in the body based on the Five Chinese Elements for Yin and Yang. It is similar to acupuncture, but without the use of needles and the recipient remains fully clothed throughout the session. It also incorporates gentle assisted stretches to open up tight areas and improve blood and fluid circulation as well as joint mobility.  

With roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Element Shiatsu is based on the premise that the body and person are one whole. Nothing can be isolated, removed or treated without affecting the balance of the whole. Instead of focusing on one particular area or issue, the Five Element Shiatsu practitioner looks for patterns of symptoms by doing a thorough diagnosis which includes having the client fill out a detailed intake form before the session.  

In the principle of Shiatsu, to stay healthy, we must adapt to the continual changes that take place within our body. Otherwise, disharmony and dis-ease can manifest. By examining the pattern of symptoms, we can determine the source of the imbalance and work to re-establish the natural harmony of the body.  

Do you want to learn more about Five-Element Shiatsu? Click here.

- Leo Feraer-Oporto     


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