Chinese Medicine & Acupressure

Total classroom hours: 39

Description: Chinese Medicine theory, assessment, and treatment techniques are included in our massage school program here at NMSNT. Selection of the organs, meridians, and points to be treated is determined by listening to the client’s symptoms, inquiring further, looking at their tongue, reading their pulses, palpating specific pressure points, and general observation of their expression, skin color, appearance, and tone of voice. By combining all of this information, one can perceive a pattern of energy excesses and deficiencies, as well as a treatment plan. Assessment is never made by observing one symptom alone, but results from observing the holistic patterns of imbalance.

Yin/Yang theory in Chinese Medicine was developed by observing the polar opposites (night and day, cold and hot, water and fire, rest and activity) that exist in Nature. These naturally occurring opposites have an effect on human physiology, pathology, and wellness.

Five Elements – The ancient Chinese medical practitioners observed the five elements in Nature and saw their reflections in the physiology of man. They named these five qualities of energy – wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Each element was observed to predominate a different season.

Zang/Fu are the internal organs and their physiological functions. The zang organs are the solid, or yin organs ie: lung, spleen, heart, kidney, pericardium, and liver.These organs manufacture and store essential substances including Qi, blood, and other body fluids. They are considered the root cause of our health and of our imbalances.

The fu organs are hollow, or yang organs ie: large intestine, stomach, small intestine, urinary bladder, san jiao, and the gall bladder. They receive and digest food, absorb nutrients, and transmit and excrete wastes. Their energy is more superficial and active.

Students will learn:

  • tongue assessment
  • pulse taking
  • acupressure point assessment
  • balancing the five elements by using the creation and control cycles
  • Medical Qi Gong
  • Windows of the Sky

Listen in: Don Cornwell describes Traditional Chinese Medicine—

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