Massage & Bodywork

January/February 2013

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Fatigue, low motivation, and lack of self-esteem flow from such excess, and the client can feel stuck as a result. The organs contain the very essence of our emotional, physical, and spiritual life force and form an invisible web that influences our bodies right down to the cellular level. From the Organs to the Tissues According to the five-element theory in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), internal organs also control corresponding tissues. When the qi in an organ gets weakened, it becomes blocked and there is no life force or universal life energy moving the blood and lymph. For example, in addition to being influenced by anger, the liver and gallbladder also control the tendons and attachment sites. Therefore, when the liver and gallbladder qi becomes weakened by the emotion, tendons show tightness. The lungs and large intestines control skin and hair. When the lung qi becomes weakened by grief, there could be acne, eczema, psoriasis, and hair loss. The stomach and spleen control the muscle bellies. Deficiency of qi in the stomach and spleen can give rise to atrophy and weak, painful musculature; what comes to mind is the client with fibromyalgia. A weakness in the heart, small intestine, and pericardium qi results in circulatory and brain problems. The client could be suffering from high blood pressure or Raynaud's syndrome, lack of focus, concentration issues, hysteria, and toxic digestion, for example. The kidneys and urinary bladder control the bones and brain. If qi in the kidney and urinary bladder is weak, the client may have arthritis, osteoporosis, and a poor memory. The task of the therapist is to unblock the flow of qi, strengthen it, and ultimately keep it balanced for the health of the client. Using Acupressure Points There are certain key acupressure points linked to the different internal organs, and subsequently, the emotions. Each point can be used to evaluate and treat emotional imbalances, together with concurrent issues in the tissues. To begin, press and palpate lightly for evaluation. The pressure is the weight of a coin (roughly 5 grams). On a pressure scale of 1–10, with 10 signifying extremely painful pressure and 1 hardly any pressure at all, the pressure should be 2–4. For treatment, increase the pressure to 4, holding the point or rotating on it for a minute or longer, depending on the emotional state of the client. (Counterclockwise rotation, as seen from the therapist's viewpoint, has a sedative and grounding effect.) 1 The therapist makes contact with Yin Tang and Conception Vessel 12. Stomach and Intestines I recommend starting with the mind and its connection to the rest of the body through the stomach and intestines. This consists of connecting with the extra point, Yin Tang (also known as the Third Eye), which is situated between the eyebrows. In reiki, this point is in the area of the sixth chakra; in TCM, it is known as the Higher Dantian. At the same time we place our hands on the Third Eye, we connect with Conception Vessel 12, which is on the third chakra halfway between the navel and xyphoid process (Image 1). Conception Vessel 12 is the master point of the stomach. Therefore, we are also addressing worry, anxiety, and hysteria. See what benefits await you. 111

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