Chinese Medicine and Bach Flowers
Tui Na massage
Tui Na specialises with massaging along the meridians throughout the whole body. Meridians are channels that run through the body and are related to specific organs. Through the meridians, Qi and blood internally get to the viscera, and externally to the muscles on the surface to nourish the whole body.
How does Tui Na work?
Tui Na works by massaging and putting pressure along the meridians to cleanse and detoxify the body. This restores the smooth flow of Qi and blood, removing obstructions, restoring balance and helping to ease pain and prevent illness. This massage also focuses on specific acupressure points along the meridians to help release blockages.
What Happens during a Tui Na Massage?
The session lasts approximately 1 hour. The client remains fully clothed, removing only shoes. A treatment couch will be used for you to lie on. You will need to wear comfortable clothing or bring something with you to change into. A cotton cloth is used on top of the clothing to apply the massage. Feedback between client and practitioner will be discussed with a light refreshment.
Rose Oliver MBA, Founder of Double Dragon Alliance (DDA)
DDA member Carly Kite recently completed her level 2 & 3 Tuina Internship course, sponsored by Double Dragon Alliance Cultural Centre and Conjoint Health Advisory Service.
Carly spent the last 3 months learning intensely at Dr Li’s clinic, studying his Tuina system for overall health promotion and maintenance, TCM diagnosis techniques, Tuina treatment methods for various conditions and ailments and elementary acupuncture and cupping.
DDA assistant, Ms Sunny Xu acted as an interpreter for Carly throughout the course, helping pass on the information from the doctors, as well as occasionally acting as a model for Carly to practice on.
Bach Flower Essences
The Bach flower essences were created by Dr Edward Bach in the 1930’s. They are a natural way of healing the individual by focussing on the emotional state rather than the physical disease.
He discovered that certain flowers and trees contain a particular essence in which to help particular emotional states. Our thought patterns govern our emotions and our emotions govern our thoughts. When we feel negative this can manifest into imbalances in our physical and emotional selves.
Dr Bach found 12 remedies that helped to balance out these negative thought patterns. These included: Agrimony, Centaury, Cerato, Chicory, Clematis, Gentian, Impatiens, Mimulus, Rock Rose, Scleranthus, Vervain, and Water Violet. In 1933 he discovered the seven helper remedies and treated patients accordingly. Then later in 1934 he completed the series with the last 19 remedies in Oxfordshire.
The total of 38 remedies were placed under seven headings of different emotional states which prevent us from being healthy within and being our true selves:
• Insufficient interest in present circumstances
• Over-sensitive to influences and ideas
• Despondency or despair
• Over-care for the welfare of others.
By working with these remedies and taking the essences in water these conflicts can be transformed from the above to; Peace, Hope, Joy, Faith, Certainty, Wisdom and Love. Finding the route course to all disease is necessary to find balance and harmony in our lives. Dr Bach wrote:
‘It means doing the housekeeping, painting, farming, acting, or serving our fellow men in shops and houses. And this work, whatever it may be, if we love it above all else, is… the work we have to do in this world, and in which alone we can be our true selves.’
Dr Edward Bach
Over the course of the 3 months training, Carly’s Tuina treatment techniques reached a level where the doctors felt she was also using her energy and “spirit”, in addition to the physical movements, which meant that her massage penetrated through to the meridians and left the “patient” feeling cleansed and massaged within, rather than simply massaging them on a muscular level only.
Carly’s own reflexology training alongside the information and techniques taught by Dr Li, helped give her a real sense of the healing techniques and concepts required in Tuina therapy; and that coupled with her very real desire to “help and heal” others has certainly taken her treatments to a very high standard. (Something I can personally attest to, having just had a wonderful reflexology treatment from her!)
Carly and her husband Jules have been residents in Shanghai for over 18 months, and both are keen Taiji students. They both attended the 2008 DDA Shanghai Martial Arts Camp and are currently studying Yang Style Taiji with Master Wang Ming Bo.