Shen Tao Acupressure

There are many people who find even the very idea of needles an impediment to having acupuncture treatment. The good news is that there is an alternative that enables a person to have the benefits of the Chinese system of medicine without the needles.

It is of course a little silly to say 'acupuncture' without needles, because 'acu' means needle; but this is understood to mean the use of pressure, usually applied by a finger or hand, to the same points as are customarily used in acupuncture treatment. However, Shen Tao is also not strictly speaking 'acupuressure' it is considered to be energetic in action. The practitioner does no more than hold a series of points, usually in pairs untill they are felt to be synchronized. This treatment is not the substitution of 'pressure' for needles, it is not massage, the contact is firm but gentle. It contrasts with the well known Japanese system of acupressure called Shiatsu, and, although perhaps more similar to Reiki in some ways, but the practitioner makes direct contact with the points.

Shen Tao Acupressure is based upon treatments that were used in Buddhist monasteries, including self-treatment. It includes treatments that can be done for self-balancing. Utilizing the same tracts on the body as acupuncture, known as channels or meridians, and their significant points, but with particular emphasis on what are known as 'extraordinary meridians' or 'curious vessels'. Just as with Classical Acupuncture the intent to balance the Qi (energy). Shen Tao Acupressure is good for general relaxation and can assist in healing also.

It is believed by some that needles were used as a substitute for energetic healing and many in modern society may find it easier to 'believe' in the effect of a physical needle. But for many this form of acupressure proves equaly effective.

Individual treatment is available. An initial session of 90 minutes including initial examination and first treatment followed by treatments of 45 minutes to an hour. Six sessions are recomended as a course but there is no upper or lower limit. An individual session is relaxing, but ongoing sessions may be recomended if the focus is on a specific problem. The patient can wear normal light clothing during the session.

Workshops for small groups to learn the basics of Shen Tao Acupressure can also be arranged.

For further information and to make an appointment call: 919-225-5032

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