Unleash Your Chi!
Massage therapy and other forms of bodywork should not be a luxury to experience twice a year. Today, we live in a time where life is moving quickly, there are constant stimuli, we burden too much stress, we have harmful habitual postures, and our bodies are feeling it. Like a car needs to be fueled and oiled in order to run properly, so too do our bodies. We are not just a physical collection of bones, muscles and skin, we are multi-dimensional beings who have an energy field and flow around and though us. This energy can be called Qi, Chi, Ki, Life Force, Prana, and many other names. Without it, we do not exist.
Like our body, our Chi becomes affected by our lifestyle. When it is congested, or stagnant, we are not functioning at our best, and we are more susceptible to injury, dis-ease and illness. Therefore, we must find a way to restore the energy flow, before it begins to manifest in our physical body. For thousands of years, different civilizations have relied on many types of energy healing. Each is unique in application, but they all strive to achieve the same result: raise the vibration, balance and enhance Chi to bring the body into a state of health.
Below are some of my favorite modalities that will get your Chi flowing freely!
Acupuncture is a well-known holistic health practice that has its roots in China in 100 BC. Acupuncture is very effective in unblocking and restoring energy flow. It is used to treat depression, anxiety, pain, illness, nausea and many other ailments and can improve digestion and sleep. The method involves the practitioner inserting very thin needles into your skin at certain points along the meridians or energy channels. Once you get over the fact that you have needles in you, a deep state of relaxation is observed. Your body’s overall function improves, balance is gained and self-healing can begin.
Thanks to Michael Phelps at the 2016 summer Olympics, millions of people around the world were introduced to a ‘new’ bodywork technique. The circular shaped bruises sparked quite a conversation, but this curious therapy is far from new. Cupping is a method used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been around since the early 4thcentury. All over the world cupping was used as a remedy for many ailments. This ancient method still exists today because of the amazing benefits it brings.
Cupping therapy treats many physical ailments including bronchitis, arthritis, pain, gastrointestinal disorders, asthma, inflammation, vertigo and so much more. It restores vital energy flow by literally sucking out toxins and decongesting the system. The cups are placed on the skin over meridian points, and a strong vacuum is created, which generates the circular bruising we’ve all seen. Who performs cupping? Holistic health practitioners, Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists and even some Physical Therapists. You won’t have to look too far to find someone.
Reiki is Japanese healing art that originated in the early 1900’s and is still a popular form of healing around the world today. Reiki has been used to facilitate healing in just about any illness or emotional disturbance. It is known for its ability to relax and improve overall well-being. Reiki literally translates to “Universal Life Energy”. The Practitioner uses light touch on various locations of the body and directs universal energy into the body, strengthening and unblocking the system. The session leaves one feeling deeply relaxed, balanced and refreshed. This is a wonderful modality for those who prefer a more non-invasive treatment.
Polarity is the idea that energy flows between the poles in the body, and to achieve a greater state of health, this energy flow must be balanced and free from blockages that will inevitably cause pain and dis-ease. Dr. Randolph Stone, the founder of Polarity Therapy in the late 19thcentury, believed that the human energy field is affected by diet, exercise, relationships, life experience and touch. The Therapist uses a variety of hands-on techniques as well as counseling, nutritional advise and at-home exercises. The idea is to realign the body and soul to allow for personal transformation, and to restore the body’s natural self-healing functions.
“True health is the harmony of life within us…”~ Dr. Randolph Stone