Tui Na- A comprehensive system of
therapeutic massage and passive/ active joint
restoration originating in China. The
system may include categories of general massage, trigger release, strain/
counterstrain, soft circular manipulation, angular maneuvers, moxibustion and cupping techniques. The
eight main categories utilizes the following techniques: tui - push, na
- pull, an - rapid and rhythmic pressing, tao - strong pinch with pressure,
nie - kneading, nien - nipping, mao-rubbing, and pai - tapping. This modality
of massage is a part of traditional Chinese Medical practice and as such
must utilize the Five Directions of Diagnosis to be effective in rendering
treatment. Of the five main diagnostic directions; Asking, Looking, Feeling,
Listening and Smelling, only the first three apply strongly to Tui Na therapy as a treatment
modality. The patient must be questioned thoroughly in terms of his perspectives
of how and when the syndrome first arose, the practitioner must utilize
visual diagnostic skills to determine any physical imbalance and/ or possible
joint subluxation, and the practitioner must gently probe the injured/
painful area to determine the nature of the imbalance of subluxation should
one indeed exist. The final two directions of diagnosis apply primarily to internal
imbalance, but Tui Na deals almost exclusively with physical/ structural
Tuina Therapy: Traditional Chinese Therapeutic Exercises and Techniques by
Luan Changye (January 1, 1989) Foreign Language Press; ISBN: 711900641X
Journal Tuina FAQ
Often known as Yoga for Lazy people! It is a combination of gentle rocking,
stretching and movements to loosen joints and muscles. It is usually done
on the floor with the client laying on mats.
Thai Massage - A step by step guide (workbook and videos)
Ancient Massage Foundation
Therapeutic Touch- A healing form
developed by Dr. Dolores Krieger, Ph.D., R.N., Professor Emerita of New
York University and her mentor Dora Kunz. Unlike most other modalities,
it does not involve any physical contact. It utilizes the human energy
field or human aura that extends beyond the skin.
The idea is that the aura is abundant and flows in balanced patterns in
health but is depleted and/ or unbalanced in illness or injury. Practitioners
believe they can restore health by empathetically sensing and adjusting
such fields. It is a consciously-directed process of energy exchange
during which the practitioner uses their hands as a focus over the patients
body and gently manipulating the body's energy flow thereby stimulating
and enhancing the patient's own natural healing abilities. Nurses
have been drawn to this therapy as it is easy and safe to perform on patients
in hospital settings.
Touch Inner Workbook : Ventures in Transpersonal Healing
by Delores Krieger (December 1996)
Bear & Co; ISBN: 1879181398
Therapeutic Touch: How to Use Your Hands to Help or to Heal
1992) Simon & Schuster (Paper); ISBN: 067176537X
Touch Network- Ontario
healers professional association- Therapeutic Touch
Touch For Health- Type of Applied
Kinesiology developed by John Thie, DC. Uses Muscle testing to determine
weaknesses in structure. Treatment is to strengthen the weakness
and/or release the tightness in the opposing side.
for Health : A Practical Guide to Natural Health Using Acupressure Touch and
Massage to Improve Postural Balance and Reduce Physical and Mental by John F
Thie 108 pages Spl Rev ex edition (December 1979)
Devorss & Co; ISBN: 0875161804 ;
Kinesiology : Muscle Response in Diagnosis, Therapy and Preventive Medicine
(Thorson's Inside Health Series) by Tom Valentine, Carole Valentine :Reissue
edition (June 1989)
Amer Intl Distribution Corp; ISBN: 0892813288
for Health- John Thie's site: founder of Touch for Health
Touch for Health Kinesiology
Trager Work - Developed by Milton Trager
(1908-1997) who was a boxer, acrobat, physician and an initiate of Maharishi
Mahesh Yogi. He was training as a professional boxer at 18 and his
trainer gave him a rub down after each treatment. One day he offered
the trainer a rubdown and the trainer was a amazed at his hands.
Based on gentle, non-intrusive movement to facilitate the release of deep
physical and emotional patterns. The hook up was his trade mark.
It was a natural state of being similar to a meditative state to connect
the practitioner with the energy of the client.
Mentastics is the movement part of Trager
Medicine: The life and work of Milton Trager, by Jack Liskin
Blackburn - Trager Practitioner article on "Hook Up"
Visceral Manipulation- Soft tissue
manipulation of the internal organs to separate adhesions.
Watsu- Shiatsu done in a warm pool
of water. The water allows for movement that is not possible in gravity.
This also allows client to feel supported while moving. The technique
uses gentle stretching, rocking, rolling, and swaying.
Zentherapy®- Developed By William
"Dub" Leigh, from his experience and training with Rolfing, Feldenkrais,
and Zen training in Hawaii. Regular trainings held around the world. There
is a 5 weekend training to learn the 10 session series and a 4 weekend
Triggerpoint Anatomy® training.
by Dub Leigh , Zen
Bodytherapy by Sula Thomas- Forero, Interview
Zero Balancing- Developed by Fritz
Smith, in 1975 after years of studying. He is an Osteopathic doctor,
a Medical doctor, and acupunturist. He studied Rolfing, Yoga and eastern
meditation techniques. The method works to align the physical body
with the energetic body. Treatments are done with the client fully
clothed andis done in a seated postiton progressing to a reclining postiton.
The energy of the body is evaluated by the practitioner. The skeletal
system is the main focus of the treatment as this is where the deepest
and strongest currents of energy exist. The session lasts aproximately
40 minutes. Training in Zero Balancing is a 100-150 hour program.
Balancing: Touching the Energy of Bone by Fritz Smith.
Balancing- Fritz Smith, MD.
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