Taking care of your health is not a matter of doing something only once you are ill, though that is part of it. Truly, though? Taking care of your health means that you are proactive and that you nurture your wellness as a natural part of your routine lifestyle. That can mean the more well-known acupuncture, it could be something less-familiar to you, like tui na or other manual therapies. It could be herbs or mindfulness practice. When all is said and done, you have an incredibly rich resource for your health if you go with Chinese medicine. Try it, you’ll see!
“Many times during my practice of tui na, I have felt the presence of what in kung fu parlance is referred to as the ‘past masters’ – the living body of wisdom passed through the centuries that keeps the art alive much like a soul animates a body. What would they think if they saw us practicing this art today? I think they would recognise us as kindred spirits, even if we come from faraway lands.”
Yes. Be it London or Austin or anywhere in between, we stand on the shoulders of giants when we practice tui na. It is my hope, as an essay writer, as a scholar, and as a Chinese medicine practitioner, that we develop strong friendships and vibrant practices and lively communication amongst ourselves. Our patients and our community, as a result, are the thriving beneficiaries of such developments.
In my own practice as an AOBTA-CP (a fancy term that designates my qualifications to practice Asian bodywork therapies, including tui na and gua sha), I employ gua sha routinely as part of a tui na session. When I’m done with board exams and licensed for acupuncture and herbs (by mid-September if all goes as planned), I will continue to provide these services with or without needling.
So why, you may be asking, is this worth a blog post?
The long story short is that I have been doing a lot of facial rejuvenation work this past year and, more and more, I use gua sha as part of the service because it works so very well. I find, though, that people have never heard of gua sha and that means…blog post!