Announcing Asian Bodywork Therapy at CWHC

Posted on June 19

Ancient and new

Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) is not well known in the West, yet it is one of the oldest forms of healing. Long before the practice of inserting needles, touch was used to relieve tension, decrease pain, balance energy and create optimal health. Based on the principles of Chinese medicine, Asian Body Therapy is the treatment of the body, mind and spirit using pressure techniques, manipulation and movement. Asian Body Therapy refers to the many forms of bodywork and massage that evolved in Asian countries using these principles. Examples include Acupressure, Shiatsu, Tuina, and Traditional Thai Bodywork, just to name a few. ABT is appropriate, whether your goal is to work on a physical ailment, emotional balance, or mental health.

Relaxing, but much more

“Ahhhhh….,” the melting sigh that signals total relaxation is a common response to an ABT session. However, as a technique based on Chinese Medicine, ABT is capable of reducing tension and much more. For chronic pain, chronic illness and autoimmune disorders, ABT can be part of a treatment approach. It can also be used to create optimal health, for example, strengthening the immune system if you tend to get every bug that is going around, or enhancing fertility if you are attempting pregnancy. And it’s not just for the physical body either. ABT can help balance emotional states, reduce anxiety and mood swings . In fact, body, mind, and spirit are approached holistically in Chinese Medicine so, no matter what brings you in for a session, the whole person benefits.

ABT, not exactly acupuncture, not exactly massage

ABT is based on the same medical principles as Acupuncture yet each is unique and has its own strengths. ABT is a good option for people who cannot tolerate the application of needles. Another important difference is the intensive use of touch. ABT is a manual therapy, and as such, the practitioner is present and actively engaged with the energy of your body throughout the session, observing and supporting changes and shifts. The technique, however, will vary depending on the specific type of ABT practiced. For example, shiatsu practitioners often work along entire meridians, whereas acupuressurists may spend more time focusing on specific points. Thai Bodywork practitioners have a very active style which has been likened to assisted yoga. Both Acupuncturists and ABT practitioners may suggest adjunctive techniques such as moxabustion or cupping.

ABT is comprehensive in its application and elegant in its approach to health and wellbeing. It’s difficult to capture with words alone, but once experienced, you may be hooked.

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