'TSUBOKI' JAPANESE FACE MASSAGE
HISTORY OF TSUBOKI
Japanese face Massage originates from Japan where it used to be called Anma. Anma was the word for Massage in Japan. When the Emperor decided to tax all Anma practitioners the word disappeared. In the Eastern Philosophy, health and beauty are seen as one, so when a person radiates true health, they appear beautiful, and the face is an indicator of this.
WHAT IS 'TSUBOKI' JAPANESE FACE MASSAGE?
The face massage is a combination of Anma techniques, the original Japanese face massage, which means rubbing, and also acupressure techniques, which concentrates on specific acupressure points, or tsubos on the face.
There are four stages to the massage;
1) Massage to the neck,
2) Massage to the face,
4) Lymphatic drainage.
8 out of the 14 meridians are worked. Meridians are basically energy channels and this energy can be accessed at certain points along the meridian, called acupressure points or 'tsubos'. It is, at these tsubos where the energy pools, and by pressing them gently it sends an electrical charge of energy to clear the blockage. By clearing the blockage in one place it will affect and clear the other places. A little like a road system, where you have motorways, B roads and connections. If there is a blockage on the motorway, it can have an effect on the B roads and the connections. Once that blockage is cleared all the traffic starts to flow again. This is the same principle in the body where the energy is able to flow again freely. And in doing so we are balancing the health of the whole person and the face will naturally become more radiant and glowing.
Ridoki Steel Rollers can be used during the massage and these have many flat points; this helps to stimulate pressure points and reflex areas of the face efficiently. They also make the skin more receptive to moisturiser. When used at the beginning of the massage they help to warm up the tissues and ‘wake up’ the meridian points. It is also said that they stimulate the epidermis, improve circulation which in turn will improve the elasticity.
HOW CAN 'TSUBOKI' JAPANESE FACE MASSAGE HELP ME?
Massaging the tsubos improves the condition of the skin, diminishes wrinkles and improves muscle tone. It also activates facial nerves and increases the flow of Ki and blood to the face. The Japanese Face Massage is like a “full body” massage, giving a natural facelift and is a deeply relaxing experience. It works on; the physical face, the physical Body and the emotions.
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VERTICAL REFLEX THERAPY
This is where the client is weight bearing and the top of the feet or hands are worked. This provides deeper access to reflex points making the treatment even more effective. There appears to be a faster and more direct line of communication between the reflexes and the parts of the body when the feet are weight bearing. As well as that congestion in another part of the body can be very quickly overridden. VRT helps to sensitise the reflex and magnify the response by clearing a pathway for the reflex and by opening up a zone. A little like unblocking a blocked pipe.
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ADVANCED REFLEXOLOGY TECHNIQUES
ART uses other areas of the hands, such as the knuckles to make firm contact. Various contacts used are – sliding, constant pressure, and reflex rotary, pulsing & rubbing. Some of you reading this will crinch at the idea of knuckles being used and have images of brute force bordering on torture. This is a shame, because the knuckles are extremely efficient. When used correctly and with the proper support in many instances offers a far better reflex contact than the usual and more traditional finger/thumb walking technique.
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HISTORY OF NEUROFLEXOLOGY
A little while ago, I became aware of Neuroflexology. John C F Moorhouse is the originator of Neuroflexology. He was a qualified reflexologist himself and ran a very successful clinic from his home. Following his illness and difficulties in continuing treating clients in the conventional way for reflexology he developed this wonderful treatment and wrote his first book “Re-thinking Reflexology” which was published in 2003.
WHAT IS NEUROFLEXOLOGY?
Neuroflexology is a natural complementary therapy designed to switch on the body's own 'healing' system to repair the body. It is practised on the feet. The method involves pressure from fingers and thumbs on specific areas of the feet and lower leg.
Neuroflexology works by reducing inflammation on the main nerves of the spine. This in turn allows the body’s own messenger system to work efficiently allowing the body’s own healing processes to take place.The treatment takes around 10 - 15 minutes and is then followed by a rest period that allows the body to respond.
HOW CAN REFLEXOLOGY HELP ME?
Reflexology is not just a remedial therapy for the sick. Most importantly it should form a very important part of preventative medicine in the same way as regular exercise, relaxation and good nutrition. Reflexology improves health and well-being and brings about homeostasis. Because of this it aids better sleeping, relaxes you, relieves stress and tension and gives a feeling of well being.
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THERMO AURICULAR THERAPY
HISTORY OF THERMO AURICULAR THERAPY
This is an ancient therapy that has been handed down to us by many civilisations. We are told that the Greeks used these for cleansing, purifying and healing on a spiritual level. Much later the amazing benefits of the candles on a physical level were discovered. It is the Native American Hopi Indians of North Arizona and their practice of the ear candle treatment that reached the rest of the world. The Hopi’s were the first settled Indians in North America. For many centuries they lived in harmony with nature and the original universal laws passed down to them.
WHAT IS THERMO AURICULAR THERAPY?
The ear candle is an all-natural product, measuring about 20 cm long, with a burning length of 14cm. Even today they are prepared according to a traditional formula. Their clear hand crafted differences in colour and length must be seen as a special feature of an all natural product. Each candle is constructed of organically grown flax, honey extracts, beeswax therapeutic herbs, including camomile, sage, Hypericum [St john’s Worth] as used by the Hopi Indians. For this the Hopi Candle, a cylindrical hollow tube with no wick is lit and inserted into the entrance to the ear, creating moderate suction action which lightly manipulates the tympanic membrane. It works on a chimney principle drawing any impurities to the surface where they can then be removed.
HOW CAN THERMO AURICULAR THERAPY HELP ME?
Thermo Auricular Therapy equalises the pressure in the head and ears, making this an ideal treatment for many conditions. Relaxes and calms in cases of excessive excitement and stress symptoms. It helps with any upper respiratory tract, head and ear problems.
HISTORY OF REFLEXOLOGY
Reflexology has a history spanning nearly 5000 years and has been practised by the Egyptians, Chinese and Indian cultures. Evidence for this is shown in a physician’s tomb in Saqqara, Egypt. It is believed that reflexology was possibly brought to the West after Marco Polo opened up the Silk Roads from China in the 13th Century. Dr. Joe Shelby-Riley and Dr. William Fitzgerald discovered “Zone Therapy” in the early 1900. This is the application of pressure on certain points (reflexes) which would relieve pain in a corresponding area. Eunice Ingham, a Physiotherapist who worked closely with Dr. Shelby-Riley was fascinated by this concept and started developing her foot reflex theory in the early 1930’s. To avoid this unique method being lost and also ensuring the passing on of this unique method, the IIR was formed.
WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY?
Reflexology is the classical and more orthodox way of finger/thumb-walking technique that forms the foundation of this therapy. Reflexology is a science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas on the hands and feet that correspond to all the organs, glands and parts of the body. Reflexology is a unique method of using thumb and fingers to work these areas.
DO THESE TREATMENTS COMPLIMENT TRADITIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT?
It is important to understand Reflexology and all the treatments offered here work in conjunction with Traditional Medical Treatment. A patient should never come off any prescribed medication or discontinue seeing or seeking out a Medical Doctor. Tsuboki together with other treatments offered here work hand in hand with Traditional Medical Advice and Treatment and should compliment not replace it.
Remember, that there will be times where you may not experience much difference or have any reactions or just a few reactions. Be assured that healing has and is taking place. Some people feel totally alive, refreshed and energetic after Tsuboki, Reflexology or Ear Candling or they can feel deeply relaxed and a little drained and just want to go to sleep. Everyone will react differently and every session will be slightly different in some way. You will leave relaxed, very calm and at peace.
It is also important to remember that no illness ever resulted from a single cause. There are always several causes present. It stands to reason that there is not a single method of healing therapy. Best results in healing come from the combination of therapies.
All children aged 16 and under need to be accompanied by an adult.