Ancient Chinese physicians believed that a form of energy-which they call Qi (chee) follows pathways in the body stimulating all body functions. Blockages in these pathways result in pain and/or disease. Today, science is showing that acupuncture, with the use of needles, stimulates receptors in the body, sending signals to the brain that activate the body’s healing capacity through use of the blood circulatory system. Qi, interpreted as energy, is the result of these systems working together in a balanced state.
Acupuncture is used to treat many common problems. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture has proven effective in the treatment of many common problems, including:
• Chronic fatigue
• Musculoskeletal pain
Massage involves applying touch with some degree of pressure and movement. The massage therapist must use touch with sensitivity in order to determine the optimal amount of pressure to use for each person. For example, using too much pressure may cause the body to tense up, while using too little may not have enough effect.
Touch used with sensitivity also allows the massage therapist to receive useful information via their hands about the client’s body, such as locating areas of muscle tension and other soft tissue problems. Sensitive touch can also convey a sense of caring to the person receiving massage.
In practice, many massage therapists use more than one technique or method in their work and sometimes combine several. Kinisi Institute’s certified massage therapists ask about each person’s need and encourage feedback during the session in order to use the techniques and amount of pressure that will best meet their needs.
“When you touch one person, you touch the world.”