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Frequently Asked Questions
The touch, known as Interface, is unlike other manual technique skills as it distinguishably maintains a clear boundary between the therapist and the patient. In other words, it is the patients own energy that is at work during these sessions, facilitated by the therapists touch.
A meridian, also known as channel in traditional Chinese medicine, is the common name of a vessel, that is to say that it is regarded as the path of running qi (pronounced “chee”) and blood. Qi is the term used to describe the life force or flow of energy within every living being.
The techniques and doctrines of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), including acupuncture, acupressure, and qigong focus on Meridians. According to these practices, the body’s vital energy, “qi”, circulates through the body along specific interconnected channels called meridians.
In Traditional Chinese medicine, patterns of disharmony (ie, bad health and emotional disorders) in the body are thought to be caused by disruptions of the body’s energy flow along a series of acu-tracts. To correct those disruptions, specific points on the meridians called acupoints are accessed.
Some proponents claim acupressure not only treats the energy fields and body but also the mind, emotions, and spirit. Some even believe that therapists can transmit the vital energy (external qi) to another person.
Not all Western practitioners believe that this is possible …. Instead, they attribute any results to other factors, such as reduced muscle tension, improved circulation, or stimulation of endorphins, which are natural pain relievers. … (however) … Many patient reports support its use for a number of health concerns. …
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