medical qigong therapy (MQT)

Each of us has within ourselves an autogenic (self-healing) and autopoietic (self-organizing) energy system that facilitates the healing processes of the body. We live in a sea of energy that surrounds and saturates the body at all times.  We are more or less aware of this field of energy and it's effects but when our relationship with it is out of balance we are in a state of discomfort, unease, or anxiety which can lead to actual pathological disease states.   

  • TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM) Applied as emitted energy technique where acupuncture points and the theory of qi flow through channels and reservoirs of the body to the internal organ energy systems.  
  • In addition, homework exercises and meditations are given to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.
  • Breathing techniques to release toxic Qi and cultivate 'reservoirs' of Qi.
  • Meditation techniques where appropriate to reduce stress

 A typical treatment begins with 10 - 15 minutes of assessment according to Chinese medicine theory,  pulse diagnosis tongue diagnosis, pain assessment, and intake questions. Then the treatment is done either on a table or sitting in a chair and takes 30 - 40 minutes.  The session is completed with suggestions for exercises or meditation to be done at home. 

 qigong therapeutic technique

  • This method is from John Cole L.Ac. and expands on ABT using emitted Qi to enhance the effects of the hand technique.  Gentle stretching, rocking, and vibrating promote Qi flow and relaxation.  Light rubbing, tapping, and squeezing break up or tonify qi flow.  The focus can be on channels, tendons, muscles or on cutaneous (skin surface) regions. The Qi effect is directed by the therapist's intention. 
shiatsu, sotai & asian bodywork therapy (ABT)                                          
  •  Shiatsu is a Japanese term meaning 'activating touch' and is the treatment of Qi channels of the body by bringing awareness to the channel through following the flow of Qi in a channel and guiding it along.   Particular attention is paid to the abdominal area called the Hara to assess the balance of Qi in the body.  Fullness or Emptyness of the channels is the criteria for treatment decisions.  Treatment may include stretches and rotations of joints.  Barefoot techniques and instructions for pain relief at home. 
  • Sotai is a method of relieving painful constriction of joints that has been pioneered in modern Japan.  It has the unique feature of using the direction of 'painless' motion to reset the body's experience and transform painful movement.  
  • Asian Bodywork Therapy is a wider term including shiatsu and other bodywork techniques from China, Thailand, India and Tibet among other places. ABT techniques can be added to a shiatsu treatment to address issues of clearing blockage and reducing pain or inflammation.  There are hundreds of techniques in these systems but the common language of Qi is what each utilizes to trigger a healing response.  The body has 'reflex and polarity areas' that elicit a response in organs and energy channels.