Acupressure is an ancient healing art that applies finger-tip pressure to specific points on the body where energy tends to get stuck. These little knots of tension, sometimes the size of a pencil eraser, other times, the size of a dime, can open and relax with just the right amount of TLC. Imagine tension and stress melting away.
When energy becomes stuck in our bodies, which it can when we are under stress, we might experience feelings of discomfort. Using my fingertips, I assist the recipient in opening blockages by holding acupressure points.
Acupressure is a clothes-on method. Recipients lie on their backs, warmed with light-weight blankets and supported by a cushion under the knees, head, and neck as desired, for comfort. I begin each session by asking what the recipient would like to focus on for the session. It could be something physical like a kink in the shoulder or a cramp in the leg, or it might be an overall feeling of stress. I begin and end the session by offering a head, neck, shoulder release. At the end of the session, I like to end with a gentle foot massage for centering and grounding.
During our time together, the recipient guides the pace and flow. Acupressure is an interactive modality: the recipient is always encouraged to ask for more or less pressure, or for points to be held longer. Need another blanket? Just ask. Need a cushion to be adjusted? Just ask. We might talk or not – a little or a lot. Sometimes recipients relax so deeply they fall into a deeply refreshing sleep.
A client once described her acupressure session as time spent floating on a raft. It is a relaxation therapy and when used with standard medical treatment, can assist in the healing process by releasing tension, decreasing stress and encouraging a sense of increased well-being. We could meet anywhere from an hour to 1 + ½ hours.
Life Force Tao of Medical Qigong (chee kung) is designed to promote improved health and well-being at all levels ~ body, mind, and spirit. Medical Qigong is Chinese energy healing, a non-touch method of activating a client’s innate capacity to heal. The aim of a Medical Qigong session is two-fold: to increase the power and availability of the client’s energy and to regain optimal function so healing can happen from within.
A typical Life Force Tao of Medical Qigong session takes about an hour. It is a clothes-on method. At the start of a session, I will demonstrate easy-to-do Qigong (chee kung) movements that we will practice together while discussing the client’s problem. For the session, clients have the option of lying on a massage table or sitting in a chair.
Some clients notice significant changes from a single session, but more commonly a series of sessions is needed to achieve maximum benefit. Sometimes clients notice surprising benefits that are not directly related to why they came to see me in the first place. Because each session is individualized, each person has a unique response.
Life Force Tao of Medical Qigong is not medical treatment as is usually understood. I do not diagnose, treat or remediate any particular medical condition. In my role as a TCM health consultant, I welcome the spirit of creativity and intuition into the healing process as we work together to get at the root cause of symptoms and conditions.
At this time, I do not offer Life Force Tao of Medical Qigong sessions to people undergoing active cancer treatment or to victims of stroke.
The Dragon’s Way® offers you healing tools you can use for the rest of your life. The Wu Ming Qigong energy movements are gentle and relaxing and with practice activate the body’s natural power to heal.
The Dragon’s Way® is a way of life, and we offer many resources here at Wake Up Qi to help support you on your journey.
Wu Ming Qigong is very powerful when it comes to addressing women’s health issues because it works at the energy level of the body. Prevention is the beauty and strong suit of Traditional Chinese Medicine: if your energy is strong, disease cannot set in. Qi is a life force that contains intelligence and intuition. It all yours to access for a healthy vibrant life.
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My husband and I both took the Dragon’s Way® and enjoyed it immensely. We are both mid-seventies in age and we find the exercises enjoyable. We both lost weight, about 10 to 15 pounds each and have maintained what we lost. We’ve done a better job with the fruits and veggies than with the exercises. I am looking forward to taking another class as I need the discipline to help me work on the exercises.Carol E.
I have just finished a 6 week course of Dragon’s Way. I must say that it was a total life changing experience. It was hard for me to believe that such gentle movements and thinking of food in a different way could make such a drastic difference. I consider myself very knowledgeable about food and eat well, but this course put a different spin on things. Maybe our Western ways aren’t the be all, end all of how we should approach our bodies and how they truly work. I have always sought ways of improving the quality of my life and this course gave me the tools to do that. I will take the knowledge that I gained by taking this course and apply it into my everyday life. I have shared this experience with everyone that I talk to as I feel everyone should be made aware that this kind of program is out there.Cheryl
I took the Fall 2013 Dragon’s Way class with instructor Paula Graham and thoroughly enjoyed the mix of energy movement practice and discussion of the traditional Chinese medicine principles on which The Dragon’s Way is based. Paula’s knowledge of The Dragon’s Way theory made a complex subject approachable and fun. Her own continuing training experiences with Master Nan Lu provided the class insights into the correct performance of the Qigong movements and The Dragon’s Way program. As I continued to practice the Qigong movements of The Dragon’s Way, I noticed an increasing flexibility in my knee and hip joints (all of which have been surgically replaced due to arthritic wear and tear). For the first time in years, I was able to go up and down stairs foot over foot instead of stopping with both feet on each step. Paula’s personal demeanor speaks for itself as an example of health and well-being, and at the same time, she connects easily with class members and readily relates to their various states of well-being. I appreciated how Paula encouraged us and kept up the interest of our very diverse group. I look forward to taking another class with her.Lynn M
My mother is almost 86 years old and has had many health challenges since her 50’s. Fortunately, as she has become older she has been more open to my suggestions. Not, however, without several unfortunate medical faux pas.
She struggles today keeping her weight above 90 pounds so I could not approach this as a weight loss program. I told her it was for her glands, and that the exercises were simple. After a month or more of owning Master Lu’s DVD, she finally tried it. Truly, she is addicted now. After a week, I noticed a difference in her energy and vibrancy but she didn’t see it. Now, after about a month, I believe she is convinced and is starting to correlate changes to the program. Yesterday she mentioned that she believes it is helping her to walk better and notices it when she is climbing stairs. I can tell you her voice and energy are more positive and vibrant. I feel like I have my mom back!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful program.Linda
My passion is something I call CreativiQi, a blend of artistry and energy, or vital life-force energy called Qi. At Wake Up Qi, the information, instruction, and coaching I provide are intended to inspire, support, educate and entertain you on your personal journey towards creative expression and well-being. It is for people who seek to improve their health and live more creatively, as well as for those pursuing specific creative dreams.
I believe that creativity and energy work are deeply healing practices. That said, the material I share in workshops, written materials on and offline, in my teaching, coaching, and facilitating groups, is clearly not a substitute for a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care, legal or financial professional and is definitely not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Whether mixing paints in my studio or outdoors sketching nature, nothing in my life moves me more than the spirit of art. It’s important to me that you understand that creative expression often touches and opens deeply-held emotions. Likewise, engaging in an energy practice like EFT or Qigong moves energy inside a body in ways that might at first feel unfamiliar or even uncomfortable. Typically, these experiences pass as energy moves through the body and becomes unblocked. If you are under the care of any health professionals (or should be), I strongly encourage you to discuss modifications in your diet, exercise, lifestyle, or use of EFT or Qigong with them before making changes and never discontinue or reduce prescription medications without consulting your doctor.
CreativiQi is my deepest joy, and I am so glad you are exploring the flow of artistry and energy with me. I hope you enjoy my website.