Afraid of needles? Want to experience the many benefits of Chinese medicine without needles?
What is Asian Bodywork Therapy?
Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) is the treatment of the human body/mind/ spirit, including the electromagnetic or energetic field, which surrounds, infuses and brings that body to life, by pressure and/or manipulation.
Asian Bodywork Therapy is one of the three branches of Chinese Medicine of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Asian Bodywork Therapy is noninvasive and does not require the use of needles, which is the ideal therapy for children and those who are apprehensive about receiving acupuncture treatments. Many Asian medicine practitioners use acupressure and other ABT therapy methods instead of acupuncture for these patients with excellent results. ABT also does not require the patient to disrobe unlike Western massage, making it suitable for all cultures and religious backgrounds.
Treatment may include, but is not limited to the following: touching, pressing or holding of the body along meridians and/or on acupoints primarily with the hands, stretching, external application of medicinal plants or foods, heat or cold, and dietary or exercise suggestions. Cupping, guasha, moxibustion, and other methods/modalities may also be used by properly trained practitioners.
Asian Bodywork Therapy is based upon Chinese Medical principles for assessing and evaluating the body's energetic system. It uses traditional Asian techniques and treatment strategies to primarily affect and balance the energetic system for the purpose of treating the human body, emotions, mind, energy field and spirit for the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health.
The Benefits of Receiving Asian Bodywork Therapy: The following are a few examples of the conditions and imbalances for which ABT has been shown to be helpful.
- Stress-Related Disorders
- Musculo-Skeletal Conditions (neck, shoulder, back, and hip/leg pain)
- Repetitive-Motion Stress and Injury (carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.)
- Seasonal Affective Disorders (SAD)
- Menstrual Dysfunction and Peri-Menopausal Life-Cycle Changes
- Gastrointestinal Problems (digestion, IBS, constipation, GERD, etc.)
- Muscle Tension and Spasm
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Sports Injuries
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- and more...
Scope of Practice Forms of Asian Bodywork Therapy also include:
Acupressure, Shiatsu, Tuina Chinese massage, Reflexology, Reiki, Ariculotherapy, Aromatherapy, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, exercise therapy, Diet/Lifestyle and Herbal Medicine recommendations.