How you Can Treat Imbalances Causing Pain
Many people who seek out massage therapy are really on a quest for pain relief. Especially for those dealing with chronic pain, massage therapists have an opportunity to deliver relief in more ways than one. Regular bodywork sessions can help reduce the severity of pain your clients are experiencing. However, one modality in particular, Shiatsu therapy, which combines Traditional Chinese Medicine and Japanese massage techniques, can have a truly lasting impact on pain.
Qi, the body's energy, flows through the body in channels known as meridians. At times, the qi gets blocked and becomes stagnant. TCM focuses on relieving and eliminating pain by releasing these energy blockages in the meridians. When the qi is blocked, the body can experience uncomfortable symptoms, including pain, and a variety of illnesses may result. Aside from qi, other substances in the body that can become blocked and cause painful conditions include blood and phlegm. TCM works the same way in attempting to unblock these substances to relieve a variety of painful symptoms.
As always, clients will need their own tailored treatment plan based upon their individual symptoms. Each meridian in the body correlates to a specific body part. Therefore, accurately assessing your client's symptoms is necessary to effectively determine which meridians to work on in your attempt to relieve the client's pain. Applying Shiatsu's acupressure techniques on specific meridians will help release any blocked substances and relive your client's pain in the process.
Qi maintains balance within the body. When blockages occur, imbalance and pain result. As a massage therapist, wouldn't you just love to be able to restore balance to your clients, and relieve the painful symptoms they are experiencing? If you haven't done so already, take the time to familiarize yourself with Traditional Chinese Medicine theory and Shiatsu techniques. You'll be doing your clients a great service.
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