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HEALING ARTS : 'HEALTH WITHOUT PILLS'

Tai Chi & Health | Reiki | Chi Kung
Holistic Massage

TAI CHI AND HEALTH

Tai Chi ‘Form’ is known to thoroughly exercise all parts of the
body, massaging the internal organs and building suppleness
and fitness gradually, without unnecessary strain and effort.
It can, therefore, be utilised and effectively applied to our
everyday lives. Studies of the effect of Tai Chi support what
has been known intuitively by its advocates, that it:

READ THE VIEWS OF OTHERS INCLUDING
EXPERTS IN THE MEDICAL FIELD.

ANXIETY

‘In fact Tai Chi is a collection of mental and physical activities
designed to relieve tension in your body and mind... can help
release inner energy and reduce stress, so you will be happy,
more content and relaxed.’

The Somerfield Magazine 1998

BALANCE

‘Tai Chi can significantly cut the risk of falls among older
people.People taking part in a 15 week Tai Chi programme
reduced their risk of falling by 47.5%.’

Steven L. Wolf PhD, Emory University School of Medicine,
Atlanta GA.

BLOOD PRESSURE

‘The fluid, focused movements will reduce blood pressure
in 8 out of 10 hypertensive patients’.

Dr Ralph Laforge, San Diego Cardiac Centre.

ENERGY

‘By combining breathing techniques and exercise you can
boost energy levels, improve health and become more creative.’

Rachel Kelly, The Times.

OSTEOPOROSIS

‘Tai Chi builds up bone too, so can be a factor in staving off
osteoporosis’

National Institute on Ageing.

BACK PROBLEMS

‘Your metabolic rate increases and the digestive process is
improved. It is wonderful for neck tension and back problems.
It is excellent for increasing flexibility in joints.’

Jane Alexander, The Daily Mail.

RELAXATION

‘Studies show that compared with relaxing by reading a
non-challenging book, or taking a leisurely walk, Tai Chi
is more effective in reducing stress and anxiety.’

Dr Lusia Dillner.

IMMUNE SYSTEM

‘Tai Chi improves blood pressure, circulation, joints and
even the immune system.’

Susannah Jowitt, Orange Magazine.

 

REIKI HEALING


Reiki is a system of natural healing involving the laying on of
hands. It is believed that the technique was first used by Tibetan
Buddhist monks to stimulate the body's own healing process. By
placing the hands on particular areas of the recipient's body the
warmth produced by the palms unblocks the dormant chi in that
area. The comforting feeling of the touch creates a sense of well
being in the recipient's entire body enabling them to relax, allowing
their mind, body and spirit to naturally rid themselves of the stress
and tension that might be present.

    
                    Meditation                                          Laying Hands

Reiki is the art and science of self-empowerment used by the
ancient Tibetan Lamas dating back thousands of years. It is the
non-physical energy that can be accumulated by the body and
guided by will. It moves through the healer and dispels blocks
and negativity before being channelled through to the recipient,
thus never draining the healer. In fact the more a Reiki practi-
tioner gives the energy, the more that is received.

Biology of Reiki:

The body & mind becomes ill because the flow of fresh energy(chi)
is blocked due to stress and tension as a result of the challenges of
our everyday life and struggles to survive in a world full of sorrows.
We should follow the example of our pets (e.g. cats) that stretch
every morning and throughout the day. This prevents the muscles
and internal organs from seizing up thus affecting the flow of fresh
oxygen & blood to the heart and brain and entire body.

Imagine the blood in our body as a river flowing round and round,
being pumped from the heart to every part of the body. What
happens if there is a place in the river where the water doesn't
move and is blocked instead. The water becomes dirty and after
a while growths of bacteria will start to develop in the stagnant
water. Mosquitoes and other insects are able to lay their eggs in
the stale water and breed. In time a 'New World' will evolve from
the stagnant water.

Your bloodstream behaves just like the flowing river and blockages
occur as well. Tension and stress cause these blockages. Until a huge
flood comes and washes away the stale stagnant waters in the river,
the insects will continue to use it as their habitat for breeding. Your
body also breeds toxic substances, which is caused by dead cells and
waste products produced by the body.

The more tension and stress we allow to develop in our body & mind,
the more difficult it becomes for fresh blood & air to flow through the
organs. Our muscles become tired and stiff causing the blockages.
Bacteria grow like green slimy fungus and slowly take over our body &
mind. We start to feel weak, drained, our central nervous system
becomes strained, we loose our calmness and control over our life and
gradually our weak state affects our physical, emotional & psychological
wellbeing.

Once our body & mind are under the influence of the toxins, our spiritual
wellbeing breaks down and we become quick tempered and prone to
memory deficiency, anger and other stress disorders which eventually
affect our health and ability to cope.

Healing Sessions:

Reiki is the word used for hands on healing. In a session, we ask you
to sit down and make peace with yourself, with other areas of your
life that make you feel sad and with your creator (God). The therapy
(healing) involves placing the hand on your shoulders, head, hands
and other respectable body parts; it is not a massage therapy. The
heat generated by the hands travels through your clothes, deep into
your body tissues and finds the blockages, dispersing them hence
relaxing the muscles and allowing blood and chi energy to flow, carrying
away the bacteria & toxins that have caused your illness or stress.

Tai Chi UK offers Reiki as part of various Tai Chi courses.

CHI KUNG HEALING



          Chi Kung Posture

Chi Kung is an ancient Chinese system of standing
postures involving the learning of correct breathing
techniques and relaxation.

It is a set of gentle exercises suitable for all ages.
Historians believe Chi Kung to be over 2700 years
old. It is practiced largely in East Asia and is now
receiving an impressive reception world wide.
Research shows people are turning to Chi Kung
after finding both Western and Eastern medicine
unsatisfactory.

Chi Kung is believed to rejuvenate the body and
mind helping the adept to activate the body's
natural healing process so that it remains fit and
healthy.

Chi Kung is an outstanding cultural heritage of ancient China,
it is also a part of the Chinese medicine.

The Aims of Chi Kung:

In ancient China, Chi Kung was regarded as the
key to immortality. In recent years, systematic
medical observation has proved that Chi Kung
exercises are beneficial in the treatment of
hypertension, gastric and abdominal ulcers,
chronic hepatitis, arthritis, asthma and many
other mental and physical ailments too nume-
-rous to list. Tai Chi UK offers Chi Kung as part
of various Tai Chi courses.


          Chi Kung Posture

CHI KUNG EXERCISES FOR COMMON HEALTH PROBLEMS


The exercises referred to are taken from the Zenon Wudang Course
manual where they are explained fully and credited.
We recommend that you do these exercises under the guidance of a
qualified instructor.

1. HEADACHES

Holding the balloon for 2 minutes
Looking Back to Gaze at the Moon for 2 minutes
Shaking the Body for 1 minute ¨
Place open palms over the temples, press lightly against the head and
massage gently

2. HANGOVERS

Drink fresh water with a spoonful of honey
Swing the arms up & then back round in big circles for 1 minute
Stand in holding the balloon posture for 1 minute
Holding up a single hand for 1 minute - middle of the chest.

3. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

The blood pressure exercises need to be practised daily for full effect
Holding the balloon for 1 minute
Holding up a single hand for 1 minute
Looking Back to Gaze at the moon for 1 minute

4. LOW BLOOD PRESSURE

Holding the balloon in front of the face for 3 minutes
Looking back to Gaze at the moon for 3 minutes
Touching the feet with both hands for 3 minutes

5. BACK PAIN

Holding the balloon for 2 minutes
Shaking the body, but this time raising the heels off the ground and
arching the back a little, tilting the back for 2 minutes

6. ARTHRITIS

Shaking the body for 1 minute
Holding the balloon for 1 minute
Both warm-ups followed by all 8 Ba Duan Jin, 1 minute each

7. COMMON COLDS

Both warm-ups followed by all 8 Ba Duan Jin, 1 minute each

8. ASTHMA

Long term treatment - Both warm-ups followed by all 8 Ba Duan Jin
Treatment of Asthma attacks
Holding the balloon for 2 minutes
Supporting the sky with both hands for 2 minutes
Holding up a single hand for 2 minutes
Shaking the body for 2 minutes.

9. INSOMNIA

Holding the balloon but from a reclining position, i.e. lying down flat
on your back
Alternatively,you can vary this position by raising your knees and
raising the toes off the ground
Finally, place one hand over the other and massage the belly in circular
movements - 1 minute clockwise and and 1 minute anti-clockwise

10. COUGHS

Drawing the bow for 1 minute
Swing both arms up and back in a circle for 1 minute
Place one hand on top of the other over the throat, slowly and firmly
slide them down the throat to the middle of the chest
Repeat the sliding action for 1 minute.

11. INDIGESTION

Holding the balloon for 1 minute
Place your hands one over the other just below the breast bone and
rub the stomach as described in 9 above

12. STOMACH PAINS & NAUSEA

Squat down against a wall with feet flat on the ground and hands
clasped in front of the knees for 1 min.
Holding the balloon for 1 minute

13. CONSTIPATION

Either holding the balloon or holding the belly for 3 minutes: tightening
and relaxing the rectal muscles whilst you hold the position

14. DEPRESSION, ANXIETY & WORRY

Holding the balloon (either in the reclining or standing position) for
10 minutes, twice a day.
For greater effect hold the position whilst standing in front of a tree
or looking at an aquarium

15. TOOTHACHE

Holding the balloon for 3 minutes; as you do this, gently close the mouth
and rest the tip of your tongue against the roof of the mouth

16. ENERGY BOOSTER

Wash your face in warm water and dry it.
Sit down with your hands and forearms resting on a desk or table
Close your eyes and breathe naturally; stay in this position for 3 minutes
Open your eyes and slide your palms up your chin, over the face and back
to your ears as if washing your face. This can be done from a standing position.



HOLISTIC MASSAGE THERAPY TREATMENTS:


Massage is excellent for relaxation and gives a tremendous feeling of well
being. It aids in detoxifying the muscles, lymphatic & circulatory systems,
thereby improving skin tone, blood circulation & lymph flow. It acts as a
nerve stimulant thus allowing for deep organ and gland stimulation,
elimination, nutrition and is of great value in the breaking down of adhesions
and thick tissues.

UNIFY YOUR PHYSICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL
& EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING.

Holistic massage is an important aspect of therapy which unifies physical,
psychological & spiritual health. The benefits of massage are now described
in terms of "calmness" or "wholeness" & current massage techniques are
more gentle, calming, flowing, and intuitive in contrast to the vigorous
treatment used in the past, Per Hendrik Ling - 18th century.

MASSAGE TREATMENT

Treatment follows a case history which is a gathering of information related to
the patient's condition and indications for massage. This helps the practitioner
to tailor treatment to individual needs. For example, a practitioner will devote
extra time to massage an area of increased muscle tension.

Oil is generally used to help practitioner's hands move over the patient's body.
A variety of strokes are used such as; effleurage, petrissage, kneading, cupping
hacking & friction. Patients usually find massage to be a deeply relaxing and
pleasurable experience.

MAIN USES

Massage is mainly used to promote relaxation, treat painful muscle conditions,
and reduce anxiety i.e.relieve stress. It is also used to combat such conditions
as insomnia, headaches, muscle & joint disorders, arthritis, back pain, depression,
constipation & digestive disorders. Besides this, it helps patients feel that they
are cared for, making it an important stepping stone to effective counselling,
e.g. in managing mental health problems.

SAFETY

In general, most massage techniques have a low risk of adverse effects.
Contraindications to massage are based largely on common sense,
e.g. avoiding limb with deep vein thrombosis, rather than empirical data.

PRACTICE

Massage obviously involves close contact. To minimise the risks of
unprofessional behaviour in this situation, patients should ensure that
practitioners are registered with an appropriate regulatory body.

Like many complementary therapies, massage is usually practised in
private in the community.

REGULATION

It is wise to choose a practitioner from an organisation that is a member
association of the British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA) as
these associations are regularly reviewed by the BCMA panel.

TRAINING

A central examinations agency, the International Therapy Examinations
Council (ITEC), holds examinations in massage and related therapies that
are accepted by many organisations.

Other courses range from weekend courses in basic massage to university
degree courses in therapeutic massage.


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