In my 30 years as an acupuncture/acupressure therapist and educator I have witnessed repeatedly the almost miraculous emergence of self awareness and self confidence during a compassionate acupressure session. After 13 years of teaching students in Sweden to become skillful Acupressure therapists, when I came to Michigan, I realized that one on one sessions could often seem too costly in terms of time or money for the people who needed them most. I therefore created Core Health Institute in order to empower ordinary people to discover their own enormous healing potential by teaching them preventive self care and safe simple effective techniques that they could use to support the work of their therapist or healthcare provider.
You can learn to use simple effective tools from Traditional Asian Medicine: Acupressure's gentle touch, Chi Gung breath and movement, balanced nutrition, organic essential oils, and compassionate self awareness, to relieve pain and stress, resolve trauma and foster wellbeing for yourself and those you love.
ShenJing Acupressure is a great gateway to bodywork because it can be done safely and effectively, anywhere, anytime, by anyone. When we teach self care we use books by Michael Reed Gach such as: Acupressure for Lovers, Acupressure for Healing the Emotions, Acupressure for Arthritis, Acupressure for common problems and Pierre Jean Cousin's book for non-surgical Acupressure Facelift, which you can access through our website: www.corehealthinstitute.com.
ShenJing Acupressure uses gentle touch to stimulate the same bioelectric acupoints that are stimulated by needles in acupuncture, so it is acupuncture without needles. Yes, it is as effective as acupuncture, and acupressure self care is a wonderful complement to many healing modalities, as well as to acupuncture therapy. So if you receive acupuncture, ask your therapist if there are points that you can stimulate between treatments to support the work that you are doing together.
This is an important point (pardon the pun); your bodywork, and in fact any form of care, is most effective if you are doing it as a team. Treatment comes from outside, healing from inside. Your own innate healing intelligence must guide and support the work of your therapist. Great change happens when you claim responsibility, the ability to respond, compassionately and effectively your life experience. Compassion is literally, "to feel together", and reflects the truth that we are connected seamlessly in shared consciousness: the field beyond ideas, the unified field from which we emerged and to which we shall return. Compassion with your inner child and with the vulnerable needy or wounded parts of yourself, is a great place to start, if you want to see peace in the world and to have loving relationships with others
The Chinese sages sa y, 'CHI follows YI': Bioelectric Energy follows the pathways that the mind creates for it. Our combined attention, intention, and compassionate touch can open blockages to the flow of blood, lymph and CHI which can cause the warning sensations of pain and may indicate dysfunction and disease. By working together, therapist and client can begin the process of resolution and recovery and foster the reemergence of our core healthy potential. We are each creative, resourceful and whole.
Learning to meet the pain, greet it as a meaningful messenger and work together to interpret the message and respond creatively; rather than 'shooting the mailman' with pain medications, which mask the sensation but do little to correct the cause, is an important function of skilful acupressure body work.
There is an epidemic of addiction to prescription medication in America. According to the Centers for Disease Control there are more deaths annually from prescription drug overdoses than from all illegal drugs combined. Acupuncture and Acupressure have been used effectively as adjunctive treatments for drug addiction and other addictive behaviors as well as for pain and generalized stress relief.
Join us at Core Health Institute or call for a free initial session to explore the love affair between Spirit and Body. You are a divine being, you have a mind and a body and you experience their relationship through your emotions.
Make your experience a love affair!
Esther McCormick is a health educator and acupressure therapist, founder of Core Health Institute in Farmington Hills, and teaches nursing and social work continuing education self care courses at Washtenaw Community College.