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Tai Chi Chuan

T’ai Chi Ch’uan, also called Taijiquan or Tai Chi Chuan, is one of the most ancient movement therapies. It is a martial arts as well as a spiritual path for personal development and self-enlightenment. It is an exercise system developed in China from QiGong that uses particular sequences of body movements to increase self-awareness and life energy (Chi) in the body in order to achieve physical, mental and spiritual harmony. T’ai Chi utilises slow, graceful and very beautiful sequences of movements syncronized with breathing.

It is very common to see in the Chinese parks hundreds of people practicing T’ai Chi in the same way that we see hundreds of people jogging or skating in the parks of the western coutries. For them T’ai Chi is a popular and economical way of improving health, prevent disease and keep themselves fit and young.



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Thai Massage

Thai massage, developed by Shivago Kumar Bhucca 2500 years ago, is based on the theory that invisible lines of force run through the body. Whilst not based on the Chinese meridian system, it does rely on another system of energy lines that is quite similar.

No oils or creams are used, the recipient is fully clothed, and the massage takes place in a suitable amount of space on, say, a floor or near a pool. Thai massage practitioners use hands, feet, elbows, knees and legs to stretch, balance and energize the recipient's body. The stretching often takes the form of assisted yoga, and the massage itself relies upon the massage therapist kneading the muscles, applying pressure to accupressure points, and flushing the toxins and dead cells from the body. The effects of the massage are immediate and lasting, both spiritually & physically.

Information provided by Tom Coyle
Thai Masseur & Instructor, Cairns, Australia
Phone (07) 4032 1481 - Mobile 0429 647 777




Therapeutic Touch

Therapeutic Touch, developed by Dolores Krieger and Dora Kunz in the 70s, is a non-invasive technique that uses the flow of energy through the palms to soothe and heal. Methods may vary but generally the practitioner will pass her hands over your body from head to toe, front and back, holding them two to four inches away from your skin. This is done to assess the condition of your energy field. The practitioner may then use rhythmical, sweeping motions of her hands in your energy field, to rebalance it. She may or may not actually touch you.

Therapeutic touch (based on the ancient arts of healing and laying on of hands) is now the most widely used complementary therapy in the USA. Because of this, over the last 15 years extensive research and trials on its effectiveness have been carried out. As interest in complementary therapies among conventional health care practitioners in the UK continues to grow, nurses are increasingly keen to add therapeutic touch to the complementary medical skills they employ in practice.

Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Touch
by Jean Sayre-Adams , Steve Wright
Paperback - 156 pages (May 1995)
Churchill Livingstone; ISBN: 0443052271

Therapeutic Touch : Practical Techniques for Healing Through the Vital-Energy Field
by Dolores Krieger
Audio Cassette (July 1997)
Sounds True; ISBN: 1564555070




Touch for Health

It is a diagnostic and therapeutic self-help method developed in the 1970s by chiropractor and creator of Applied Kinesiology Dr. George Goodheart. Touch for Health adapt muscle testing and exercises used in Applied Kinesiology to a self-help system to mantain good health. Touch for Health is a form of reflex therapy based on the theory that a dysfunction or energy imbalance in organs or glands are reflected in a certain muscles as weaknesses even before symptoms manifest. Therapy is based on the same principle, by strengthening these muscle Applied Kinesiology exercises or pressing reflex-point in the forehead it is possible to rebalance the body energy system and the affected organs.




The TRAGER Approach

The TRAGER Approach is the innovative learning system of movement re-education created and developed over the past 55years by Milton Trager , M.D. Utilizing gentle, non-intrusive movements, The TRAGER Approach helps release deep-seated physical and mental pattern and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity.

A session of Trager Psychophysical Integration lasts from 1 to 1 &1/2 hours. No oils or lotions are used and the client is dressed in swim trunks or briefs. During the session the Practitioner moves the client gently and in such a way that the recipient exsperiences that effortlessly on his/her own. This effortless movement quality is reinforced by MENTASTICS Movement Education, simple movements which the client can do on his/her own, both during a Trager session and during daily activities.

Because many benefits of The TRAGER Approach are cumulative, clients most often appreciate and benefit from a series of sessions.

For more information contact:
The United States Trager Association
24800 Chagrin Blvd, Suite 205
Beachwood, OH 44122, USA

The Trager Association UK
20 Summerdale Road
Hove, East Sussex BN3 8LG
United Kingdom

Trager and Mentastics are registered trademarks of The Trager Institute



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