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

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General Polarity

Polarity is an energy-based healthcare and wellness education system Developed by Dr. Randolph Stone. Touch can vary from a soft (Satvic), stimulating (Rajasic), or deep (Tamasic) touch that affects the finer electromagnetic energy currents within the person’s being to create a state of self-acceptance, balance, and restored health. Our instruction includes the Satvic and General Polarity Treatments, as well as specific treatments for the five elements (ether, air, fire, water, earth), whiplash, back problems, sports injuries, digestive problems, and general stress. Our emphasis on Polarity Therapy contributes to the uniqueness of our program and the success and satisfaction of our graduates. We teach students to integrate this therapy with other modalities of bodywork to create the most effective treatment specific to each client. That can be as simple as balancing the left side (negative) of someone’s body with the right side(positive) of someone’s body to assist with relaxation (neutral). It’s a five element holistic system that associates body parts with each element. The goal of a treatment focuses on balancing the elements (essential to all living beings) to treat the package of physical, emotional, and mental imbalances.

Integrated Back Treatment

This course teaches students hands-on skills using a polarity-rich integrated protocol in a targeted treatment directed at dealing with back tension, pain, and dysfunction.

Polarity Five Elements

Introduction to Polarity Therapy Five Element Theory. A specific treatment is taught for each of the five elements (Ether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth).

Satvic Polarity

Traditional polarity therapy utilizes three form of touch. Sattvic or gentle, Rajasic or stimulating and Tamasic or dispersing. The satvic polarity routine is a gentle, relaxing treatment. Relaxation is the key to healing as it activates the parasympathetic nervous system. The satvic polarity treatment is used frequently in clinical practice. This treatment is gentle and safe for all ages and all conditions of clinical practice. The satvic polarity treatment integrates well with all of the other bodywork modalities taught at NMSNT.

Whiplash Treatment

The Whiplash Treatment is an example sequence that was put together with some Polarity techniques to assist anyone with neck and low back trauma. During this treatment the therapist works meticulously through areas of the neck and low back to help release discomfort that has built up from things like: Anxiety, Someone not being able to fully express themselves, Head injuries, PTSD, Muscle weakness, Fatigue, Car or Motorcycle accidents, Back pain. We have chosen to name this class the Whiplash Treatment but it has proven itself to be SO much more helpful with other issues as well.