5 Body Therapies Worth Exploring
“Energy is enthusiasm in motion.” Mary Burmeister
If your body is stressed, tired, with muscles aching, injured or out of alignment you may want to get a good massage, but with so many choices of body therapies available it can be difficult to know which therapy would most benefit your condition. Many alternative massage type therapies originated in Asia and have now established themselves in the West helping millions of people to balance and harmonize their health. I have knowledge of each of the therapies listed here, through personal positive experience and study of the modality. I have provided a brief description of each therapy taken from reputable websites along with the URL for you to pursue more in-depth information. Please feel free to share your experience with these therapies, so that we may all learn from each other.
1. Jin Shin Jyutsu: Jin Shin Jyutsu® physio-philosophy is an ancient art of harmonizing the life energy in the body. It brings balance to the body’s energies, which promotes optimal health and well-being, and facilitates our own profound healing capacity. It is a valuable complement to conventional healing methods, inducing relaxation and reducing the effects of stress.
Jin Shin Jyutsu can be applied as self-help and also by a trained practitioner. A Jin Shin Jyutsu session generally lasts about an hour. It does not involve massage, manipulation of muscles, or use of drugs or substances. It is a gentle Art, practiced by placing the fingertips (over clothing) on designated safety energy locks, to harmonize and restore the energy flow. This facilitates the reduction of tension and stress, which accumulate through normal daily living. Click HERE for more information:
2. Shiatsu: a form of bodywork, which originated in Japan and is based on many of the same principles as acupuncture, with roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi, which flows through energy meridians in the body, can become knotted or concentrated in some areas and deficient in others causing pain, fatigue and a general lack of well-being.
Qi imbalances that are left unattended can become chronic health conditions. This work is very effective in treating chronic conditions that do not respond to traditional Western medicine or as a complement to Western treatment. It is also excellent as a wellness routine as it can prevent serious health issues by correcting minor imbalances before they become chronic conditions. Click HERE for more information.
3. Thai Yoga Massage: Centuries ago, a dynamic bodywork therapy based on yoga and Ayurveda was born in the temples of Thailand. In this unique healing system of Thai Yoga Massage – also called Nuad Boran and widely known as traditional Thai massage – the practitioner guides the recipient through a series of yoga postures while palming and thumbing along the body’s energy (“Sen”) lines and pressures points. Together these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically.
Thai Yoga Massage is performed on a mat on the floor; both client and practitioner are dressed in comfortable clothing allowing ease of movement and flexibility. No oils or creams are used. Click HERE for more information.
4. Rolfing Structural Integration: Named after its founder, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body. Essentially, the Rolfing process enables the body to regain the natural integrity of its form, thus enhancing postural efficiency and your freedom of movement.
Rolfing Structural Integration has the ability to dramatically alter a person’s posture and structure. Rolfing can potentially resolve discomfort, release tension and alleviate pain. Rolfing aims to restore flexibility, revitalize your energy and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body. Athletes, dancers, children, business professionals, and people from all walks of life have benefited from Rolfing. It’s estimated that more than 1 million people have received Rolfing work. Click HERE for more information.
5. Acupuncture: is the practice of inserting thin needles into specific body points to improve health and well-being. It originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. American practices of acupuncture use medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea and other countries. Acupuncture is a principle modality of Oriental Medicine, which focuses on healing within a unified system of body, mind and spirit. As a result, it is generally used in conjunction with herbal, massage, diet and exercise therapies to maximize health, prevent illness and treat disease.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture is believed to modulate the flow of energy (Qi) in its channels, or meridians, to restore balance. In the West it is thought to aid the activity of your body’s pain-killing chemicals and affects how you release chemicals that regulate blood pressure and flow. Research has shown that acupuncture reduces nausea and vomiting after surgery and chemotherapy. It can also relieve pain. Click HERE for more information.