At least that was my mind set when I began my career in Massage Therapy. I used trigger point therapy, deep tissue therapy, connective tissue therapy, Shiatsu, and active isolated stretching within my practice of sport massage therapy. My clients were feeling great…I was getting sore and tired.
At one point, my wrists hurt so badly that the only way I was able to keep practicing was by getting constant massage and adjustments from my good friend (who was also a great Chiropractor). She generously worked with me every few days.
Fast forward to today…
Now, I understand that the less physical effort I use, the better it is for both my clients and myself. Strong, deep pressure translates into injury for me and less sensation for my client. Over the past 20 years I studied many forms of bodywork and Chinese medicine. Today, I am able to work just as deeply with less effort. Now, my clients are able to feel themselves rather than just feel my pressure. They are getting better results and I am staying healthy.
I call my approach Meridian Massage.
This type of hands-on healing uses Chinese medical theory as the context and modern, western massage techniques as the form. It’s not that I have changed the modalities I use, it is that I have added in the energetics, evaluation, and treatment principles of Chinese medicine. Now, I use less physical effort while focusing my attention on the Qi (“chee”), the energy of the body that is so logically expressed within the Chinese medical paradigm.
When the Qi is abundant and flowing, the mind-body-spirit expresses vitality, flexibility, peace, happiness and health. Meridian Massage uses a variety of hands-on and self care techniques to support the return of abundant and flowing Qi.
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Meridian Massage, Openings Pathways to Vitality, by Cindy Black
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