Monday, November 20, 2017

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Tapping into extra energy WATSUBO style

body energyChinese Medicine specialist Sharon explains the twelve energy meridians in Traditional Chinese Medicine and how the treatment of one meridian in particular, either through acupuncture or water massage treatment, can help tap into energy levels that may have been blocked along the way of life.



Twelve energy meridians and eight extraordinary pathways
Traditional Chinese Medicine in a nutshell is based on twelve meridians or pathways of energy whose trajectories run the length of the body. They flow in and out of various organs and interconnect in a seemingly complicated network. By stimulating points along these pathways with needle insertion, an acupuncturist can access these channels to evoke changes to balance the body, both physically and emotionally.  Something called needling technique can help release or boost these points, but that would be a whole other article.

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Besides these twelve regular meridians, there are also eight extraordinary pathways of energy that run deep within our bodies, which supply the twelve regular meridians with energy and blood, or in other words a type of primal energy circuitry. To visualize this just think of the familiar symbol of an atom with its elliptical pathways encircling a central point.  

This primal energy circulation begins in the womb as the fertilized egg begins its cell divisions. First splitting into two, four, and eight and onward, the original channels or meridians are formed and will later evolve into the more specialized organ system of the twelve meridian system. Because of the primal nature of the extraordinary pathways, they become an important concept to tap into when treating a patient where the standard points of the twelve meridians have yielded marginal results.

The Dai Meridian
One of the eight extraordinary pathways is called the Dai Meridian.  In Chinese, dai means belt, which is appropriately chosen as the meridian wraps around our waist horizontally. Incidentally, the Dai Meridian is the only energy pathway that goes around the body rather than up or down the body, and is the one we focus on when treating issues regarding the lower back or lower abdomen.  

acupuncture therapy  leg therapy

However like a belt cinched at the waist bringing the material of the pants up and together, the Dai Meridian’s far-reaching influence can also treat conditions of the outer legs, sides of the body, shoulders and even sides of the neck.  

When seeking treatment from a healthcare professional who uses the meridian paradigm, this understanding of the eight extra pathways can be an incredible asset in your treatment protocol.  Remember the more information you can provide the practitioner the better. Even seemingly unrelated old injuries can influence the trajectory of energy but when the energy flow is re-established you will definitely feel the difference.

Water instead of needles
If you are not into acupuncture or needles, but would still like to experience the healing potential of the extraordinary pathways, you might want to try a water session.   If you are comfortable with being floated in the water and have benefitted in the past from shiatsu treatments, you may want to try a WATSUBO session, which is an adapted shiatsu session in the water, focusing on the master points of the eight extra meridians. The name of this point specific water session comes from tsubo, the Japanese word for point, and water.   

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Effectiveness of WATSUBO
I recently treated a female patient, around 40 years of age, whose chief complaint was a dull ache of the lower back, worse in the evening and aggravated when tired. Onset after the birth of her second child ten years prior and getting worse each year. An MRI scan showed no physiological abnormality.  There was no history of trauma.  After trying many different therapies including acupuncture, nothing seemed to relieve the pain for more than a few days.  Using the paired points of the Dai Meridian in both an acupuncture session and a WATSUBO session, she happily reports a tremendous improvement in both back pain and endurance level.  She is now able to walk greater distances and only occasionally has discomfort after a tiring day.  

Did her Dai Meridian need some cinching? Did tapping into this reservoir of energy illicit this powerful result?  Was there an emotional factor, possibly related to the time of onset…delivering a child? There are so many factors involved with our ability to heal.  

I encourage people to think outside the box, to try something new.  If you are comfortable in water, you may want to experience a WATSUBO session focusing on the master points of the extraordinary pathways.   

For more information on WATSUBO, WATSU or acupuncture, contact Sharon Speicher.

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